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The Right to Decency

mach0017 Wrote: Jul 17, 2012 1:25 PM
As I understand it, the Supreme Court was involved because of the FCC's ridiculous fining of broadcast stations who clearly had no control over the speech of celebrities, most specifically Fox being fined for Cher uttering the F-word on a live network broadcast. If the FCC had used good sense this would not have been a Supreme Court case.

*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...