The new indecency fight

, The National Law Journal

As spectators waited for the justices to hear arguments in FCC v. Fox, there was a near fascination about who, if anyone, would utter two words. The high court was being asked to weigh in on whether broadcast TV stations should be held accountable when those words are spontaneously uttered live on the air. The spontaneous fleeting expletive seems like the morality police's last chance to get in a dig as broadcast TV's influence and viewership wanes and cable TV and the Internet continue to blossom.

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