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Fleeting Expletives

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...

What the F***?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided FCC v. Fox Television Stations. What's the real significance of the case? It is this: Throughout its opinion, the Court repeatedly wrote f*** and s***. It declined to acknowledge the actual words at stake. This is depressing.

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...

What TV Harms Children More: Seeing a Person Murdered or Seeing a Person Naked?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 03.18.2012 | Media
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

I am all for protecting children where they need protection, but my view is that far more harm comes from the barrage of violent, criminal activity on TV rather than from profanity and nudity.

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...

The Law of Facebook

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leah Anthony Libresco

Few governments have any kinds of laws clearly governing the limits of speech and of anonymity online. Standards are being set piecemeal by corporations, which are accountable to no one but their shareholders.

A Father's Message Echoes in FCC Ruling

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By Will Nelligan When I was around six, m...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

There was much to celebrate this week, as we marked the remarkable achievements of Obama's first 100 days. A high point: Michelle Obama sending a resounding message about making service a regular part of our lives by volunteering at a food bank, even though we are months away from Thanksgiving. On the other hand, there was the depressing, banking-industry-led Senate defeat of a measure offering relief to America's struggling homeowners. Coming up: Thursday's announcement of the results of the bank stress tests. Early indications are that at least some of the banks are going to need another infusion of capital. With apologies to Justice Scalia, "Fleeting expletive" no! It's time for Americans to draw the line in the sand and say that if bankers are not going to side with us when we need help, we're not going to side with them when they do.

Dear Justice Scalia...

Norman Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Lear

I'd like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Scalia and his four conservative cohorts on the Supreme Court who voted 5-4 yesterday to uphold the FCC ban on the use of "fleeting" expletives on broadcast TV.