This week, five-and-a-half years after the momentary televised flash of a pierced celebrity nipple, the FCC decided to push for further investigation of what it called the "graphic and shocking, albeit brief, exposure of Janet Jackson's bare right breast to a nationwide audience composed of millions" during the 2004 Super Bowl. Talk about perverted priorities. The agency is facing enormous challenges: bridging America's vast digital divide, ensuring that the Internet remains open, fighting the ongoing consolidation of media ownership, and figuring out just how bonkers Glenn Beck really is. But, instead, it feels the need to reassert "its power to regulate fleeting nudity." Wasn't this kind of nonsense supposed to stop when Bush's culture warriors left the building? Surely, the FCC can find something better to do with our tax dollars than offer us stale breast and circuses.
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