Friday, July 16, 2010

Bleeping Expletives

If you have a television this affects you.

This week a ruling from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City decided that all the rules against expletives on television should be overturned.
Beginning right now network shows can say anything they want.
On July 12, 2010 the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City warmly offered the TV networks exactly what they wanted: the shredding of the FCC's lamely enforced rules against broadcast indecency. As of now, the network stars can swear at will in front of impressionable children. These judges did not rule narrowly on the focus of the case -- "fleeting expletives" that networks aired unintentionally. They ruled broadly in favor of all expletives.

Judge Rosemary Pooler, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, concluded the FCC's prohibitions against the F- words and S-words are somehow "unconstitutionally vague." 
She claimed they weren't suggesting it was impossible for the FCC to construct a constitutional decency regime. But the decision made it clear these judges don't think the FCC should even bother.

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