Ruling on dirty words
Broadcasters who air profanity on live programs may be punished even if the vulgarities are brief and unscripted, the Supreme Court ruled. The 5–4 ruling came in a case pitting the FCC against Fox Broadcasting, which argued that such “fleeting obscenities” had no sexual implications. But Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion that “even when used as an expletive, the F-word’s power to insult and offend derives from its sexual meaning.”
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