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FCC are a bunch of hypocrites

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If spectrum isn't scarce, why set aside the First Amendment as if it were? Politics. In January 2003, when Bono blurted out "Fucking brilliant!" before 20 million viewers while accepting a Golden Globe award, the FCC received fewer than 250 complaints. But Washington knows a crowd-pleaser when it sees one. In its latest annual survey of Americans, the First Amendment Center found that 65 percent thought the government should restrict sexual references on broadcast TV; 55 percent thought it ought to do the same with cable. After an FCC staff ruling that Bono's fleeting remark didn't warrant punishment, Congress rose up as one. Powell promised action. Then Janet Jackson's breast popped out amid the erection pill ads and the farting-horse beer commercial during the Super Bowl. Within weeks, the full commission ruled that Bono's award-show utterance had violated federal indecency standards, which bar profanity from the airwaves.

If any good comes of this, it's that the FCC has so overreached itself that the Supreme Court may stop the whole game. The court last upheld the government's authority to go after indecency perps in 1978, in a decision that cited the scarcity argument as well as the "uniquely pervasive presence" of broadcasting in American life. A quarter-century later, thanks to cable, satellite, and the Internet, broadcasting is hardly unique and not nearly so pervasive - as the commission itself has acknowledged. Of the 107 million American households that get TV, only 12 percent still rely on antennas to pick it up anyway; for everyone else, there's no practical difference between broadcast TV and cable or satellite-only channels.

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Guest LeVeL

I am so mad that Nascar took 25 points away from Earnhardt just for saying "shit" after he won in Talladega this past week. I am a big Earnhardt Nascar fan and now that they took those 25 points away Kurt Busch is the leader in the Nextell cup its totally unfair and its all because of the FCC trying to make airwaves cleaner. I mean fine the guy but dont take points away from him. All the other sports fine you but Nascar went overboard. :-X

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Guest JMT

but NASCAR has ALWAYS done shit like that, its nothing new. they would have done the same thing 10 years ago, thats how they operate. if he would have been in a fight off camera they would prob have taken away 50 points.

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here is why nascar is right..

do u fockers know who michael milkin is???

he is the junk bond king... went to jail, but is still worth a fortune. Well the SEC said, he's not allowed to work in financials any more and would fine him millions if he did. Well, he works for companies and get huge fines. But his fines are nothing compared to his paycheck. so he keeps on working..

to fine dale is dumb. will 100K really hurt him? nopoe, but loosing pts will....

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