Post by CMF Newsman on Jan 11, 2012 6:42:10 GMT -5
The Supreme Court debated whether policing curse words and nudity on broadcast television makes sense in the cable era, with one justice suggesting it’s a moot point at a time when broadcast TV seems headed the way of “vinyl records and 8-track tapes.”
The justices engaged in colorful give-and-take Tuesday with lawyers for the government and television networks over government regulation of the airwaves during hours when children are likely to be watching.
Some justices said they were troubled by inconsistent standards that allowed certain words and displays in some contexts, but not in others.
One example frequently cited by the networks was the Federal Communications Commission’s decision not to punish ABC’s airing of “Saving Private Ryan,” with its strong language, while objecting to the same words when uttered by celebrities in live awards show programming.