Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Supreme Court and Indecency - New York Times

The Supreme Court and Indecency - New York Times: "The Supreme Court is throwing itself back into the debate over indecency on television, and that may not be a good thing. It agreed last week to review the Federal Communications Commission’s policy of punishing broadcasters for airing “fleeting expletives” — a few isolated bad words. A federal appeals court wisely struck down the F.C.C.’s harsh rules, which have done serious damage to free speech. We hope the Supreme Court does not authorize the F.C.C. to return to its censorial policies."
POLS 354 and 101:
The New York Times is worried that if the FCC punishes broadcasters for "fleeting expletives, it will do "serious damage to free speech." I find the argument weak. What do you think?

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