The seven words you actually can say on TV

The freedom-hating folks at the FCC have been handed a setback – a court has ruled that the incidental use of impolite words during live broadcasts isn’t actualy something one can fine a station over. The fact that no one has shown how hearing such words actually would harm anyone played into this ruling, an appreciable bit of level-headedness from the court. I think that the myth that broadcast regulation could ever keep you from hearing anything that will make you unhappy is in for a fall.
(I also wonder how many of the folks who are pushing for this believe themselves to be free-market conservatives. Certainly, no one says that a station cannot choose not to broadcast whatever they feel their customers are concerned about. But the current false-conservative administration believes in big government and regulation of industries they feel are liberal strongholds.)

Published in: on June 5, 2007 at 1:23 am  Leave a Comment  

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