.
Support Our Work File an FCC Complaint Movie Reviews Join Us Family Guide to Primetime Television Home
Parents Television Council - Because Our Children Are Watching

 

1%-5% of your purchase will help support the PTC.

SHARE THIS Bookmark and Share  

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2010


 

PTC Attacks Court Ruling Allowing Unedited Profanity to Air at Any Time of Day

 

LOS ANGELES (July 13, 2010) – The Parents Television Council™ slammed the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York for its ruling in the Fox v. FCC case, greenlighting the airing of unedited profanity at any time of day on broadcast television.

 

In April 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the FCC’s authority to apply the broadcast decency law to so-called “fleeting” expletives on the public airwaves.  The Second Circuit Court reconsidered the case in light of the Supreme Court decision before issuing its ruling today.


“Let’s be clear about what has happened here today: A three-judge panel in New York once again has authorized the broadcast networks unbridled use of the ‘f-word’ at any time of the day, even in front of children.  The Court substituted its own opinion for that of the Supreme Court, the Congress of the United States, and the overwhelming majority of the American people.  For parents and families around the country, this ruling is nothing less than a slap in their face. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and the Obama administration must immediately appeal,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

 

“Today’s ruling comes as absolutely no surprise, given the hostile tenor of the judges during oral arguments. Members of the Second Circuit panel entered the courtroom that day wearing their intentions clearly on their sleeves.  What does come as a surprise is the rationale of the opinion, which is devoid of reality.  The Court’s illogical analysis would require the overturning of virtually every law on our nation’s books for lack of clarity.

 

“The broadcast decency law, which our nation’s Highest Court has upheld, is clear: broadcasters must refrain from violating community standards of decency during hours when children are likely to be in the audience.  The indecency law doesn’t prohibit broadcasters from airing indecent material; it only requires that indecent material air outside the hours when children are likely to be in the audience.

 

“The PTC will vigorously work to defend the FCC’s legal authority to preserve the public airwaves as the last bastion of safety for children and families,” Winter concluded.

 

The FCC ruled that Fox violated the broadcast decency law when it aired the “f-word” and “s-word” during live broadcasts of the 2002 and 2003 Billboard Music Awards shows.  The PTC and its members filed FCC indecency complaints over these two incidents and also submitted an Amicus brief in support of the FCC.

 

SUPPORT OUR PETITION TO APPEAL THE 2ND CIRCUIT COURT’S DECISION IN FAVOR OF PROFANITY!

 

To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Megan Franko at (703) 859-5054 or Liz Krieger at (703) 683-5004 ext. 120.


The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

 

  SPECIAL SPONSORS OF THE PTC:

HOME | ABOUT US | PRIVACY POLICY | PRESS ROOM | FAQs | CONTACT US

© 1998-2011 PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

JOIN US ON:          .

Parents Television Council, www.parentstv.org, PTC, Clean Up TV Now, Because our children are watching, The nation's most influential advocacy organization, Protecting children against sex, violence and profanity in entertainment, Parents Television Council Seal of Approval, and Family Guide to Prime Time Television are trademarks of the Parents Television Council.