Friday, March 19, 2004

Thank Goodness for Boobgate!

The Press Speaks:
FCC Cites Stern, Bono for Indecency

Thu Mar 18,10:47 PM ET

By JONATHAN D. SALANT, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Federal regulators opened a new front in their crackdown on offensive broadcasts Thursday, saying that almost any use of the F-word on over-the-air radio and television would be considered indecent.

The Federal Communications Commission overruled its staff and said an expletive uttered by rock singer Bono on NBC was both indecent and profane. It marked the first time that the FCC cited a four-letter word as profane; the commission previously equated profanity with language challenging God's divinity.

The FCC on Thursday also proposed maximum fines for the broadcast of the Howard Stern radio show and for a program on two Florida radio stations owned by a Clear Channel Communications subsidiary.

Commissioners said they did not propose a fine for Bono's expletive during the 2003 Golden Globe Awards because they had never before said that virtually any use of the F-word violated its rules. The FCC specifically rejected earlier findings that occasional use of the F-word was acceptable.

Jasper Speaks:
Okay this one comes to us via the "common sense is back in business department". I was angers when the FCC originally ruled that the F-Bomb was not a problem a few months back. Who would have thought that all it would take is one nipple ring to snap us all back to reality? I think the FCC is finally stepping up and doing the right thing here. There is NEVER a good use of the f-word and to pretend there is a joke. Still, I wish there were going to be greater fines for these previous offensives. I also have to admit that there is some suspicion surrounding why Howard Stern is being singled out in all of this. I mean I in no way am a Stern fan or supporter but there are a lot of other people that need to be dealt with as well. Stern deserves what is coming down the pike but start going after others and make sure this stops.

I would not have thought that Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" would be the catalyst for American to finally slam on the breaks as we traveled down the road to indecency. It shows that anything and anybody can affect positive change. I praise the FCC for this stand. Now let's just hope it lasts.

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