Conservatives decry FCC ruling on cursing

Definition of "news" at issue
A Federal Communications Commission’s ruling to allow profanity in a CBS news broadcast sets a dangerous precedent, the Parents Television Council has warned.

On November 8 the FCC reversed a previous indecency ruling against a CBS Early Show interview that aired a Survivor cast member describing another contestant as a “bulls------.”

The regulatory agency said it chose to defer to the network’s characterization of the program segment as a news interview, according to an FCC opinion filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

But the conservative Parents Television Council said that decision creates a loophole for abuse in programming and gives networks the power to make their own calls on profanity in television.


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