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February 28th, 2005

only peripherally U2-related, but still of concern... this is just bananas @ 05:43 pm

I'm currently feelin: discontent discontent

From RollingStone.com:
Half a million bucks for a swear?? wtf??

FCC Censorship

Bush's Obscene Fines


When the Federal Communications Commission fined Clear Channel Communications $27,500 last year for each of eighteen incidents of "indecent material" spouted by shock jock Howard Stern, it sure seemed like a lot of money. But in retrospect those fines look like chump change. On February 16th, the Bush administration won House approval for a bill that would raise the maximum FCC fine to $500,000 per violation. Under the new measure, Clear Channel -- and Stern himself -- could each have been fined a total of $9 million.

"Free expression and First Amendment rights are the real target of this legislation," declared Rep. Bernie Sanders (Ind-Vt.) during the debate over the bill. "This is not what America is about."

A review of fines levied by other federal agencies suggests that the government may be taking swear words a bit too seriously. If the bill passes the Senate, Bono saying "fucking brilliant" on the air would carry the exact same penalty as illegally testing pesticides on human subjects. And for the price of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl, you could cause the wrongful death of an elderly patient in a nursing home and still have enough money left to create dangerous mishaps at two nuclear reactors. (Actually, you might be able to afford four "nuke malfunctions": The biggest fine levied by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year was only $60,000.)

If Bush has his way, Howard Stern may soon have a tough choice to make: Tell a sex joke on the air, or dump toxic waste in New York's drinking water while willfully placing an employee at risk of injury or death? No wonder the foul-mouthed host is moving to satellite radio, which falls outside the authority of the FCC.

(Posted Feb 24, 2005)
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Date:February 28th, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
That is fucking stupid. :( Don't they better things to worry about??!?!
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Date:March 1st, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
well see, not that i agree with this by ANY stretch of the imagination, I think this stems from parents calling in and complaining about what their kids may/or had heard on tv. To me, however, its just another excuse for people to be really shitty parents, blaming everything on tv. which i think is a bunch of bullcrap really...
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Date:February 28th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
THAT is fucking stupid. There are way more important things to worry about than this....which is nothing more than censorship!
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Date:March 1st, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)

These people seriously have too much time on their hands. Don't they have ANYTHING better to do?!
Date:February 28th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
The FCC really pisses me off. What the fuck is their problem?! Who cares if Bono says "fucking brilliant" because I know I say it all the fucking time! And who cares about seeing Janet Jackson's nipple. Everyone has seen a nipple! It's so stupid! Why are people freaking out about stupid things?!?!? It people like this who cancelled Family Guy too!! Grrr...

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Date:March 1st, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
Well if anybody can get THOUSANDS of people to write to the FCC and voice their complaints, it would be Bono maybe during a rant EVERY night on the upcoming tour...
Complaints meaning from OUR point of view sillies!!!

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