Newt Gingrich’s substantial contribution to porn

In the late 90s U.S. senator Jim Exon (Nebraska, of course):

  • “introduced an amendment to the Communications Decency Act criminalizing the transmission of “indecent” materials over the internet. In case any stone remained unturned, it went after internet service providers as well: Email or distribute nude photos—or even just type one of the “seven words you can’t say on television”—and you could face a $100,000 fine or up to two years in prison.”
At the time Newt Gingrich was the Speaker of the House opposed the amendment saying that it was, “clearly a violation of free speech and it’s a violation of the right of adults to communicate with each other.”
And so it came to pass that horny young (and old) men could freely navigate through porn ranging from subtle soft-core to forms of sex so disgusting that they probably shouldn’t even be called intercourse with no deterrent whatsoever. Though, as mentioned in Business Insider, if the amendment was passed, porn addicts would be, “Single-handedly responsible for paying off the U.S. deficit.”
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