FCC's Chairman and Crowd Demands Overturn of F-word Ruling

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January 17, 2004|10:37 am

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Michael Powell is "fed up" with the use of the f-word on the television airwaves. An earlier ruling from the agency's Enforcement Bureau had stated Bono's use of the f-word was not obscene since the the word was intended as an adjective rather than to decribe a sexual act. FCC's approval on the f-word on television may be overturned with the votes from two more commissioners.

Americam Family Association (AFA) have tried to get the vote of Commissioner Michael Copps on Monday when AFA representatives met with Copps. The meeting between Copps and AFA was to address "concerns with lax enforcement of FCC rules regarding indecent language".

A pro-family group is applauding word from the Federal Communications Commission that it is going to reconsider and perhaps overturn its earlier ruling in which it stated that use of an expletive, in certain context, does not violate broadcast indecency laws.

The action taken by Powell and meeting with Copps has meant progress "in reigining in renegade stations and network producers," according to AFA chairman and founder Don Wildmon.

AFA has reported that the supporters of the pro-family minstry has sent over one million email to the FCC commissioners asking them to reverse the decision regarding the f-word on television.

Objection to the f-word being used on primtime television has also come from Missippi's Secretary of State Eric Clark, who wrote a letter on January 5 to the commissioners asking them to either resign or take the measures necessary to enforce decency on television.

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Clark ended the letter with a verse taken from Matthew 18:6.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depth of the sea."

The commissioners have not replied to Clark's letter.

 

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