According to the Federal Communications Commission, a single fuck or shit on a live awards show can cost a TV network millions of dollars, but the same words are acceptable in a “bona fide news interview.” The accidental airing of a celebrity’s spontaneous expletive is indecent, but the deliberate airing of the very same footage during a news report is not. The use of expletives is OK in a fictional World War II movie because they are “integral” to the film yet indecent in a documentary about real-life blues musicians.
Confused? Imagine how broadcasters feel when they try to figure out the FCC’s policy regarding dirty words on the air. In March the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review that policy, which a federal appeals court has deemed “arbitrary and capricious.” . . . .REST OF THE STORY HERE.