LET FREEDOM RING
Looks like the FCC eased its indecency chokehold yesterday on TV broadcasters after it dismissed charges against two television shows that aired profanities.
At issue were several episodes of "NYPD Blue" on ABC in which the words "d---head" and "bulls---" were used as well as on CBS' "Early Show" in which a "Survivor" cast member described a contestant as a "bulls----er."
The FCC tried to weasel around its interpretation as to why it dismissed some cases and not others by saying some profanities are OK when used in respect to news programming.
So, does that mean news anchors and correspondents now can drop the "F" bomb or say the "S" word when something goes wrong during their broadcasts? Will the television audience now be able to hear everything guests shout at each other on the "Jerry Springer" show?
It seems to me the commission is inconsistent with its decisions in First Amendment cases but, in some cases, our freedom of speech also is being hogtied by a bunch of right-wing conservatives.
I don't want to hear the "F" word all over the news either, but just think of what we could do with taxpayers' money wasted by the FCC chasing down a court ruling against Nicole Richie who said on an awards show, "Have you ever tried to get cow s--- out of a Prada purse?"