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The Right to Decency

mach0017 Wrote: Jul 17, 2012 1:21 PM
Most people can agree on indecent language. Standards that have been in effect up through Cher's vulgar expression on live TV are almost universally agreeable except to those who insist on forcing their vulgarity on an unwilling public.

*Note - Morgan Bennett is a co-author.

The U. S. Supreme Court decision on broadcast indecency in FCC v. Fox Television, Inc. , (June 21, 2012) (“Fox II”), has reignited an important debate: whether TV networks have a right to distribute indecent material into our homes without our consent. The U. S. Congress prohibited such activity and the high Court upheld that prohibition decades ago. To obtain their licenses to broadcast, networks pledge to act in the “public interest,” but for years, they have abandoned that pledge to promote their own morbid interest in indecency.

After Fox, the Federal Communications...