Amazing how quickly things change. Houston City Council Member Addie Wiseman was, largely, ridiculed and opposed in her campaign to clean up Houston MediaSource’s programming. In a matter of a few days, all that has changed. How? Nudity.
Nude show creates static — More council members now oppose funding public-access TV, as reported by the Houston Chronicle:
Wiseman on Friday asked Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal to examine the footage — which showed several topless or nude women as a group of men looked on — to see whether it violated the state’s misdemeanor obscenity law.
Houston MediaSource’s executive director, Patti Garlinghouse, expressed regret Friday that the tape aired before the 2 to 6 a.m. time slot reserved for content citizen producers label sexually explicit.
And, thanks to that, many previously reported statements and positions have been retracted. Ain’t politics grand?
For a really good before and after analysis, visit blogHOUSTON‘s Wiseman wins converts on Houston MediaSource controversy. I don’t particularly agree with the opinions there, but the analysis is dead on.