FCC Decency Case Goes Meta

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Cher at the 2002 Billboard Awards, at which her language was inexplicably deemed more indecent than her outfit. Photo: Getty Images


Good: People like Cher swearing on live television.

Better: A gaggle of Fox and FCC attorneys arguing, at New York's U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday, about guidelines for fining networks that allow people like Cher to swear on live television — and using plenty of examples.

Mind-Blowingly Fucking Brilliant: C-SPAN airing said argument live. (Cable networks aren't governed by the same rules as over-the-air broadcasts.)

F-bombs Away at FCC Wrangle [NYDN]