Court Smacks 'Arbitary' FCC

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    WASHINGTON -- In a victory for TV networks but a setback for efforts to shield children from coarse language, a federal court ruled Monday that broadcasters couldn't be penalized for expletives that were considered impromptu.

    The appeals judges in New York repudiated the Federal Communications Commission's recent crackdown on broadcast indecency, calling its efforts "arbitrary and capricious."

    Television networks have long complained that enforcement of the rules is inconsistent and unpredictable. Although the court's 2-1 decision sent the issue back to the FCC for rethinking, the strong rebuke prompted some advocacy groups and lawmakers to urge the agency to appeal to the Supreme Court.

    "We are very pleased with the court's decision and continue to believe that government regulation of content serves no purpose other than to chill artistic expression in violation of the 1st Amendment," a statement from FOX reads. The case specifically involved two FOX broadcasts, and other networks joined in the lawsuit.

    At issue has been a series of unscripted obscenities uttered in recent years by such stars as Bono, Cher and Nicole Richie during live award shows. Networks argued that they shouldn't be punished when an expletive slips through their safeguards.,0,1700064.story?coll=zap-tv-headlines
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    good news in my book. especially since i don't view any word as being a 'swear word'
  3. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    The hell you don't. ;)

    I wonder, does this mean we will no longer see tape delays on all live events?
  5. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
  6. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    I do not have kids, so I usually stay clear of 'child raising issues'. I am around kids all of the time, and am more mindful of what I say then (not just about profanity). I seem to recall growing up, it was always a battle of us kids, and our parents, making sure we did not swear in front of the other. The motives were different. They thought they were protecting us from what we really already knew, and we were trying to escape the bar of soap.
  7. yojitani macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    This is a step in the right direction. American prudery about swear words and sex and tolerance of violence on TV is downright stupid. Just a few nights ago I was flipping through channels and came across a censored Chris Rock stand up. :confused: It's just not funny! Not everyone can be Bill Cosby.

    [In acknowledgment of SMM's comment, that I DO have young kids and oddly I have to watch my mouth mainly so they don't get in trouble at school. There is also the concern that they don't really understand the meaning and effect of swear words, but from a parenting point of view, I find the level of violence that they are exposed to through cartoons and 'in' movies to be much more worrisome. ]
  8. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Not even the R word?

    I suspect they'll try to curb it amongst themselves so as not to get angry letters and be sued and/or boycotted. But then they'll realize that they get more viewers by swearing and showing hints of nudity. Therefor, more money. And before you know it, they'll all slowly move into showing nothing but torture and kitty porn. You heard me.

    But yeah, not really.
  9. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    I know this may surprise some of you, but I'm against censoring cable and satellite programming at all. I would have some language restrictions, but only on the four or five broadcast channels that the alphabet channels use.

    When you pay for cable, you should be able to see and hear everything and if you don't want your kid to see or hear it, then it's your responsibility to make sure they don't.

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