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Stern v FCC Love him or hate him Howard Stern is the King of all Media In twenty controversial years of radio the Federal Communications Commission FCC has fined Howard Stern a sum of some 17 million dollars The FCC has been trying to curtail Howard Sterns free speech rights and they should not be On several events mostly early in the shows history Howard Stern has used language that was considered vulgar and inappropriateFCC However Howard Stern uses these vulgarities to make a point and not for show So Howard Stern should not be banned or censored on account of his radio show In referring to the case of The FCC v Pacifica Foundation the FCC was granted the power to regulate radio broadcasts that are indecent but not obsceneessay What does this mean exactly According to the government it means that the FCC can only regulate broadcasts They cannot censor broadcasts that is determine what is offensive in the matters of speech essay Pacifica was a radio station that in 1978 aired a twelve-minute monologue by comedian George Carlin This twelve-minute monologue called Filthy Words consisted of according to Carlin words you couldnt say on the public airwaves qtd in essay This caused one of the most controversial cases in the history of broadcasting It would then set the standard of what could and could not be said on radio It is clear that much of the Stern content is outside of the example of disallowed content embodied in the Pacifica ruling On the other hand the vagueness of the precedent may mean that some or all of Sterns talk is legally indecent Like their 1973 definition of obscene content which included seven cuss words the Supreme Court has refused to issue a definition of indecent content that articulates clear boundaries and is not These seven cuss words are also in Sterns breech of contract but these
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