The Daily Stern: Viacom fights back

The Daily Stern: Viacom fights back

: Well, at long last, media is fighting back against the rush to government censorship.

Today, Howard Stern went up in the markets where Clear Channel dropped him and in new markets.

And CBS boss Les Moonves said they’d fight any fine over Janet Jackson:

“We think the idea of a fine for that is patently ridiculous, and we’re not going to stand for it,” said Leslie Moonves, co-president and co-chief operating officer of CBS’ Viacom Inc. parent. “We’re going to take that to the courts if it happens. That’s our attitude toward it.” …

“We hope this rush to judgment settles down,” Moonves said. “A media free of government censorship is essential to our democracy and our business. Some of the developments coming out of Washington are coming dangerously close to infringing on First Amendment rights.”