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 1.7 million dollars. The FCC has been trying to curtail Howard Stern’s free speech rights and they should not be. On several events (mostly early in the show’s history) Howard Stern has used language that was considered “vulgar” and “inappropriate”(FCC). 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.
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Words” consisted of, according to Carlin, ‘words you couldn’t 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 Stern's 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 Stern’s breech of contract, but these were never purposely used on air in any of his radio shows.

This vagueness in the ruling puts a dent in our rights as citizens to free speech. We should all be offended ...

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