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US television regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may not have the right to police American airwaves, a court has ruled. The ruling is a blow to a George W Bush-led clampdown on on-air swearing. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York has said that an indecency finding in 2006 against …


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  1. Alex


    Aw fuck'em!

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Typical Yanks. Don't allow your kids to hear swearing on TV, but let them have guns!!!


  3. Edwin

    Eric Idle's thoughts on the topic

    For those that haven't heard it, Idle introduces it as:

    "Here’s a little song I wrote the other day while I was out duck hunting with a judge… It’s a new song, it’s dedicated to the FCC and if they broadcast it, it will cost a quarter of a million dollars."

    Enjoy from

    (more from

  4. kain preacher

    Typical Yanks.

    hey hey thats the Christian right. those are the same people that hate any thing that is different then them.

  5. Adam West

    Remember what the MPAA says...

    "Horrific deplorable violence is ok, as long as nobody uses any naughty words"

  6. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    But why . .

    Why don't they just ban children looking at TV ? Or why don't they make a law stating that it is illegal to let children watch TV after a given hour ?

    These music awards, they didn't get broadcast at 4 P.M., right ? What is a child (meaning under 13 years) doing in front of the TV after 8 P.M. anyway ?

    Oh, I forgot. This is America - the Land of the Free From Responsibility. Anything goes, as long as the Reverend approves.

    And the Reverend approves of killing, we all know that. But swearing ? God no.

  7. Josh Hamilton

    We're not ALL so stuck up, you know...

    This is why some of us get a little twitchy now and then; the fear that the Religious Right is on the verge of completely taking over and invoking a purge of non-believers...

    Don't fret yet however, the GOP is almost certainly headed out the door in 2008 for a solid 8 years. Maybe then we can get back to enjoying our no longer secretive hedonistic lifestyles.

    The FCC can suck it! (just not before 8pm on broadcast TV, apparently)

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