C-SPAN Will Broadcast Same Bad Words That Got Fox Fined
C-SPAN has asked the Supreme Court for permission to air tapes of the oral argument in Fox v. FCC after the argument concludes on Nov. 4. If the Court grants permission, C-SPAN will air those tapes as soon as possible, and air them "as it was said in the court," full expletives and all. The tapes will also air on C-SPAN's FM radio station in Washington. Which means C-SPAN would likely broadcast the very same "indecent" language that Nicole Ritchie and Cher uttered that got Fox fined by the FCC in the first place and set the stage for this critical case. John Eggerton writes that "C-SPAN almost certainly would not run into any trouble itself from the FCC if it aired the tapes on C-SPAN radio." Which begs the question why does the FCC consider the very same words indecent when uttered by Cher and Nicole, but okay when uttered by Supreme Court justices and attorneys arguing before the court, even though children will likely then be in the listening audience? C-SPAN Seeks Oral Argument Tapes in Fox Swearing Case - Broadcasting & Cable.
"The Home Office" is usually Jonathan Rintels, the President and Executive Director of the Center for Creative Voices in Media. For over two decades, he has been a working screenwriter and member of the Writers Guild of America, west.