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Supreme Court rules against networks on indecent speech. - April 28th 2009, 06:49 PM

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/28/sup...ml?eref=rss_us The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal regulators have the authority to clamp down on broadcast TV networks that air isolated cases of profanity, known as "fleeting expletives." The 5-4 vote was a victory for Bush-era officials who pushed fines and sanctions when racy images and language reached the airwaves. Controversial words have been aired in scripted and unscripted instances on all the major over-the-air networks in the past six years, when the Federal Communications Commission began considering a stronger, no-tolerance policy. "It suffices the new policy is permissible under the statute, there are good reasons for it, and the agency believes it to be better," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority. The high court, however, refused to decide whether the commission's policy violates the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. It ruled only on the agency's enforcement power. The justices ordered the free-speech aspect to be reviewed again by a federal appeals court. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox were parties in the case. A federal appeals court in New York had ruled in their favor, calling the commission's policy "arbitrary and capricious." The commission then appealed to the Supreme Court , seeking restoration of its power to penalize the networks airing "indecent" speech, even if it is broadcast only one time, and even if it does not describe a specific sex act. The high court agreed to some extent. "Even when used as an expletive, the F-word's power to insult and offend derives from its sexual meaning," wrote Scalia.


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Re: Supreme Court rules against networks on indecent speech. - April 30th 2009, 01:58 AM

omg, I hate the FCC SO MUCH!! Censorship makes no sense, and it completely contradicts the first amendment...




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Cool Re: Supreme Court rules against networks on indecent speech. - April 30th 2009, 03:19 AM

Don't you just love the Stupidity.



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Re: Supreme Court rules against networks on indecent speech. - April 30th 2009, 04:14 AM

That is SO dumb! Seriously! I don't swear like at all, but still...they're words, we have the right to say them, why must people be so stupid?


   
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Re: Supreme Court rules against networks on indecent speech. - April 30th 2009, 04:19 AM

Ugh, stupid people...christ, its not like nobody uses curse words anyway and we all know what they mean when they bleep them out and stuff. Why not just say the damn word?

Ha, randomly, that makes me think of how they sometimes blur the mouth of the person who curses on t.v., as well as bleeping them out and that always makes me laugh. What, are they afraid we're gonna read their lips? What does blurring their mouth do?!


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Re: Supreme Court rules against networks on indecent speech. - April 30th 2009, 04:33 AM

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Ugh, stupid people...christ, its not like nobody uses curse words anyway and we all know what they mean when they bleep them out and stuff. Why not just say the damn word?

Ha, randomly, that makes me think of how they sometimes blur the mouth of the person who curses on t.v., as well as bleeping them out and that always makes me laugh. What, are they afraid we're gonna read their lips? What does blurring their mouth do?!
When deaf people watch tv, they rely on closed captioning and reading lips. Blurring the mouth makes sure it edits out the word for them too.

That being said, I think it's a bit ridiculous. I can understand having some kind of regulation about swearing in program geared towards young children, but in more adult programming, I don't see what the problem is.


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