Netflix Programming Merits Federal Investigation, Urge Advocacy Groups

LOS ANGELES—The Parents Television Council and Enough is Enough, advocacy groups that focus on internet safety and programming for children, are asking U.S Attorney General William Barr to open up an investigation into Netflix on whether it violated federal statutes against child pornography by distributing the French film “Cuties.”

“Cuties” has been surrounded in controversy since its debut on the streaming platform. The story follows a group of 11-year-old girls that try to win a dance competition with a dance routine that PTC describes as “highly eroticized.” Other sexual situations are presented in the film, though no child nudity is depicted. The film is rated TV-MA.

In September, Netflix was indicted by a grand jury in Tyler County, Texas, for the “promotion of lewd visual material depicting [a] child” in “Cuties.” Some conservative U.S. Senators, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), have also criticized the

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Oregon public employee unions, interest groups launch neutral-looking election website to sway voters

Oregon voters who go online to search for information about the election now underway are likely to find a website called the “2020 Oregon voter guide” at the top of their search results.

Thanks to paid search engine ads, that website shows up before the state’s official voters’ guide, which is what the Oregon secretary of state calls the online version of the voters pamphlet.

So what is the “2020 Oregon voter guide” and who is paying for it?

It looks neutral and informational, with biographies and flattering photographs of all six major party candidates for statewide office and a promise to provide “simple and clear information.” But it endorses only Democrats and urges a “yes” vote on all four statewide ballot measures.

The website says it is “presented by a coalition of organizations dedicated to promoting economic fairness, public education, healthcare access, and environmental justice.” It recommends the Democratic

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