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Fleeting Expletives: The Supreme Court To Review FCC Ban on Profanity

Publication Date: 
March 18, 2008
89.3 KPCC-FM AirTalk
Larry Mantle

Southern California public radio station KPCC invited Derek Shaffer, executive director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center, to discuss the Supreme Court's cert grant in a broadcast indecency case on AirTalk with Larry Mantle:

For the first time in 30 years the Supreme Court will consider broadcast decency standards. A 2004 FCC decision that even a one-time use of an obscenity on broadcast television and radio violates decency standards resulted in a reprimand of Fox Broadcasting. The networks subsequently sued, and the 2nd Court of Appeals said the FCC's policy sanctioning "fleeting expletives" infringed on the 1st amendment. Now the Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments in the case this fall. Larry talks about the case with Stanford Constitutional Law Center Director Derek Shaffer and Parents Television Council public policy Director Dan Isett.