Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Fox fight at the FCC

We're all familiar with the two faces Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. presents to the world. One is that of the blotchy visage of Bill O'Reilly, fulminating with the fury of the profoundly righteous against the evils wrought upon American society by the "SPs," the "secular progressives" for those unacquainted with the hip new term in this media maven's lexicon of deep moral outrage. Indeed, O'Reilly has already launched his jihad in the perennial War on Christmas. The other face of News Corp., of course, is that presented by Fox Broadcasting, replete as it is with all the vile scourges O'Reilly constantly rails against.

Which is why it is interesting that News Corp.'s Fox channel is now positioning itself against the FCC's indecency regulations:
Fox took aim at the FCC's entire indecency enforcement regime Wednesday in a filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.

In its challenge to two profanity findings against its Billboard Music Awards program, Fox argued that the FCC's ban on broadcast indecency [between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.] "is unconstitutionally vague," calling it identical to the indecency restrictions in the Communications Decency Act--which applied to online content--that the Supreme Court struck down.
Now, if one were to apply Laura Ingraham's standard to this issue, the popularity of the Billboard Music Awards, along with all the other showers of gratitude the entertainment industry constantly sprays on itself, should, in fact, indicate that America has spoken and what it has said is that the American public loves indecency. Smoke that, O'Reilly.


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