Fleeting expletives on SCOTUS agenda


It may be a good thing that the Supreme Court is still free from the tools of the electronic media trade, since Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations is on the agenda for the high court’s new term. The New York Times, which noted that the case is scheduled for 11/4/08 – a day when a lot of Americans are going to have a few other matters on their minds, like the election. It offered a brief description and opinion on the case, saying, “The commission, in a sharp reversal, started imposing large fines for television programming with brief profanities — like a Golden Globe awards show in which the singer Bono uttered a single offending word. A federal appeals court rightly struck down the policy, which seriously infringes on free speech. We hope the court sides with the broadcasters.”