FCC, Free Speech, SCOTUS

F$%#, the Supreme Court Supports the FCC Ban on ‘Fleeting Expletives’

Fleeting Bono Supreme Court.jpgWe know you can’t use the f-word as a verb or noun on television. Just to be clear, you can’t use it as an adjective either. The Wall Street Journal reports:

The Supreme Court is giving tentative approval to government regulation of the use of even a single curse word on live television.

Somehow, this is all Bono’s fault. Bloody hell.

But the SCOTUS ruling wasn’t a complete loss for free speech advocates:

But the court, in a 5-4 decision Tuesday, is refusing to pass judgment on whether the Federal Communications Commission’s “fleeting expletives” policy is in line with First Amendment guarantees of free speech. The justices say a federal appeals court should weigh the constitutionality of the policy.

Justice Scalia delivered the opinion for the 5-4 majority.

Court Upholds FCC ‘Fleeting Expletive’ Rule [Wall Street Journal]

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