Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Putting the F in FCC


The FCC issued two disturbing proclamations this week that should bother anyone who believes in freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

FCC chairman Kevin Martin issued a press release ( condemning the decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturning the comission's rulings over fleeting use of profanity.

In that release, the commish uses the f-bomb and s-word over half a dozen times -- more than I ever have on this site, or anywhere else in print. Funny that he finds those words so indecent when broadcast on the public airwaves that the government must step in, but not so indecent that they should be left out of an official government document (isn't that public paper, Kevin?). Oh, I guess children don't read FCC press releases, so he can use whatever language he wants.

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And a follow-up here with an interview FCC Commissioner Michael Copps.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't get it. Who wrote the commentary about the FCC statement? You have to use explicit words to outline the situation. If someone asks, "Why am I being fined?", you have to tell them and their lawyers, "because you said fuck". There's no way around it.