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June 12, 2007
Fox to FTC: F**k Off
Man this has been a long time coming. I don't know if it'll hold on appeal but at least we finally got a judge to agree that the FCC's censorship is "arbitrary and capricious".
Long-time readers of this blog may remember more than a year ago when I started listening to Howard Stern because he seemed to be the FCC's favorite whipping target, including being subject to hidden standards, retroactive censorship, and other such idiocy. Regardless of what you think of the man or his show, I expect you'd agree no one should be subject to that. Part of Stern's frustration and what drove him to satellite radio was that his then-employers wouldn't stand up to the FCC for him.
Well, according to Mark Stern's blog on PC World, Fox Broadcasting has done what Viacom wouldn't and gone to bat for bad words. Specifically, the use of "fleeting" expletives. The judge agreed that the FCC's policy made no sense and was probably unconstitutional. Yay! Now to wait for the appeal.
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