Morality in Media is calling on the Supreme Court to uphold the Federal Communications Commission's standards for indecency and vulgarity on broadcast television.
The impetus for Morality in Media speaking out is that on Tuesday the high court will hear oral arguments in FCC v. Fox, a case that centers largely on whether FCC standards regarding indecency are overly vague.
"Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC do not have a right to turn network television into a cesspool at the expense of children and those who wish to avoid the foul language and pornography that is now so common on cable television," Morality in Media president Patrick A. Trueman said Monday in a press release.
Baptist Press calls the case the "most significant broadcast indecency case since 1978."
If "FCC v. Fox" sounds familiar, that's because this same case also came before the Supreme Court in 2009. At that time, the high court voted 5-4 that the FCC was within its proper purview to implement a provision disallowing even "fleeting expletives," but did not decide the Constitutionality of banning all "patently offensive" content — and so remanded the case back to the Second Circuit for review on Constitutional grounds, particularly the First Amendment.
On July 13, 2010, the Second Circuit once again struck down the FCC ban on "fleeting expletives," this time using the First Amendment as the basis for its decision. In its opinion the court stated, "By prohibiting all 'patently offensive' references to sex, sexual organs, and excretion without giving adequate guidance as to what 'patently offensive' means, the FCC effectively chills speech, because broadcasters have no way of knowing what the FCC will find offensive."
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