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    PBS in FCC's Headlights
    Network accused of playing it too safe, angering viewers

    NEW YORK The Public Broadcasting Service (search) has come under attack twice this year by critics and even longtime supporters for a program about soldiers serving in Iraq and a children's show starring a cartoon bunny.

    But PBS wasn't criticized for offensive content. Instead, its viewers were annoyed that it wouldn't stand up for its programming.

    "PBS has really betrayed their heritage over the past couple of decades," Entertainment Weekly critic Ken Tucker told FOXNews.com. "They've ceded too much territory."

    Tucker, who in his new book "Kissing Bill O'Reilly and Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About TV" lambastes public broadcasting for losing its edge and said PBS has become "afraid of programming with a point of view."

    The problem facing PBS, as well as other broadcasters, is hesitation about where the Federal Communications Commission (search) draws the line on indecent programming.

    In the aftermath of the infamous Super Bowl halftime show in 2004, Viacom, the parent company of CBS, was fined $550,000. The media giant is contesting that penalty but separately paid a record $3.5 million in indecency fines last November.

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