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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

FCC Flipping and Flopping on F Bombs

Bono's use of the "F" word at the Golden Globes is indecent, but Democratic Convention producer Don Mischer's isn't? Exactly! Confused? Well, just ask the FCC- they'll not make sense of it for you.

Even though cable isn't under their jurisdiction (meaning; no hefty fines), the FCC ruled that Mischer's potty-mouthed slip, which was uttered and heard on CNN during the convention's botched balloon drop, wasn't obscene. The Commission also notes that viewers who wish to block "unwanted television programming" do have a number of tools available to do so. But I ask: what tools are available for those viewers who want to block "unwanted FCC interference?"

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