FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2009
“This instance of profanity aired after 10:00 pm, and therefore the FCC has no legal authority to sanction the network. Regardless, NBC had every reason to expect something like this would happen; and they had every opportunity to take reasonable steps to prevent it, such as instituting a 5-second time delay. But instead they chose not to.
“If NBC and other broadcast networks are successful in winning the right to air explicit language, sadly, the floodgates would be opened to unlimited profanity at any time of day, no matter the audience.”
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It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence
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