Supreme Court Gets Tough on ‘Fleeting Expletives’ and Brief Nudity on Networks
The Supreme Court on Thursday vacated the FCC’s rules on “fleeting expletives” and brief nudity, saying it had not given networks adequate notice of its policies and that they were overly vague. It ducked the question of whether the rules were allowable under the First Amendment. This adoption of tougher standards comes in the wake of the overwhelming public complaints.
The case, FCC vs. Fox Television Stations, was the direct result of challenges from Fox TV and other broadcasters to the FCC’s decision in 2004 to adopt a stricter standard regulating off-color language on broadcast television.
“Because the commission failed to give Fox or ABC fair notice prior to the broadcasts in question that fleeting expletives and momentary nudity could be found actionably indecent, the commission’s standards as applied to these broadcasts were vague,” the court said in an 8-0 ruling. The court’s decision Thursday leaves the FCC free to modify its rules — and detail them for networks. Source
Well, they should have known this by now and it should have been adopted long before now as well. It still seems too lenient but they have gone too far now to really change the culture and the millions being made. Television has gone too far for many, many years now this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more work to be done. How about adopting some moral standards and get rid of all profanity, nudity and indecent acts and lifestyles of all kinds aired on television? Why is that an issue that has not been seriously addressed?