To BS or not to BS, that is the question

The FCC has asked a federal court to delay action by three network affiliates appealing a recent indecency order so it can hear the affiliates’ arguments and reconsider the case. The ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliates concurred; Fox’s stations did not. I need an attorney with experience here to explain what this means. Should we smell a rat? The FCC has studiously avoided court tests of its indecency rulings and I wonder whether this is another effort to sidestep the Constitutional challenge that is inevitable. I still want to take the FCC to court in defense of bullshit. ACLU, networks, political groups, anybody want to help?

  • In my completely unscholarly legal opinion, I’m guessing that the FCC is looking to settle out of court to avoid any court challenge that would reveal the unConstitutionality of their obscenity rules.

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  • I’d love to “help.” Are you asking for a contribution?

  • Falstaff

    Rich, you may be right. I am not at all surprised that the FCC would reconsider its own arbitrary and subjective decisions in light of their unconstitutionality. Maybe it remembered that it has a duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, not subvert it.

    Check out TV Watch, at http://www.televisionwatch.org, for common sense answers to TV indecency questions.