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Broadcast Indecency

Indecency, Politics and the FCC: A New Round in the Culture Wars?

Clay Calvert | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Clay Calvert

Unlike abortion and health care, the new battle in the culture wars features a topic on which potential candidates from both sides of the political aisle are likely to agree: indecency is bad and parents today need all the help they can get from the government.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Denies Janet Jackson 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Case | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Friday morning officially relieved CBS of a $550,000 fine over Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" duri...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Overturns Fleeting Expletives Ruling, Ducks Larger Issues | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Thursday against the Federal Communications Commission's policy on fleeting expletives over the airwaves, vacati...

Are You Decent?

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.26.2012 | Impact
Sarah O'Leary

I learned long ago not to use God to justify my actions, to act like I'm superior to anyone else, or to rationalize my false need to control the lives of my fellow man and woman. Instead, I try my level best to cultivate my decency, and pray for other Americans to do the same.

Gender Slurs: Why What Rush Limbaugh Said Is So Damning to Women

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.13.2012 | Media
Sarah O'Leary

Rush Limbaugh's use of "slut" and "prostitute" was a textbook example of how horrifically damning gender slurs are, and why such forms of abuse deserve swift and serious action.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Fusses Over Indecent TV | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "There's a bare buttock there, and there's a bare buttock here," said Seth Waxman, pointing up to the historical and mythical figures th...

Insider: Playboy Was In Bed With Producers of The Playboy Club

N. E. Marsden | Posted 12.17.2011 | Media
N. E. Marsden

NBC axed the show after episode 3. Feminists, parents and anti-porn groups that boycotted the program are elated -- but arguably Playboy will come out on top for three reasons.

What the !#$@%*?: Will the Rise of Spanish Redefine Indecency?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.26.2011 | Media
Daniel Cubias

It stands to reason that as America grows more multilingual, we'll hear more Spanish on the airwaves. And some of that Spanish will be of the naughty variety.

A Little Plumbing Levity

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Joe the Plumber is on my TV. He's in Israel. Why? Who can say. I'm still fired for the off-air remark I made about him that got broadcast, and he's off as a war correspondent.

Subcontracting the First Amendment

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Harris

The First Amendment doesn't allow the FCC to function as an Internet board of review. The real question is why would such a proposal even be put out for comment.

Keeping Abreast of Decency

Sam Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sam Greenfield

If you can't explain the emergence of a breast on the tube for half a second to your kid, then your kid can probably explain it to you.

Unhappy Birthday Pacifica

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leslie Harris

Today, the media landscape barely resembles that of the late '70s, but the so-called "pervasiveness" concept arising from Pacifica -- the idea that broadcasting is an unstoppable "intruder" in the home -- lives on.

Jackson's "Wardrobe Malfunction" Back In Legal Spotlight

AP Via Google | John Dunbar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A federal appeals court on Tuesday will consider whether a notorious "wardrobe malfunction" that bared singer Janet Jackson's breast during a televise...