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"AP, "Court tosses FCC 'wardrobe malfunction' fine" 07/21/2008
AP, "Justice Department sues to collect indecency fines from Fox " 04/07/2008
Poynteronline, "FCC Fines 52 TV Stations for Airing "NYPD Blue" Episode" 01/28/2008
AP, "2nd Circuit: FCC's policy on accidental expletives is arbitrary" 06/05/2007
AP, "Family wants radio station off air after water-contest death" 01/23/2007
AP, "2nd Circuit takes up broadcast-indecency case" 12/19/2006
AP, "FCC drops 2, keeps 2 obscenity charges against TV shows " 11/07/2006
AP, "2nd Circuit halts enforcement of tougher FCC indecency rules" 09/08/2006
AP, "Bush signs broadcast-decency law" 06/16/2006
AP, "Senate approves 10-fold increase for TV, radio indecency fines" 05/23/2006
AP, "FCC proposes $3.9 million in fines for indecent TV programming" 03/16/2006
National Journal, "FCC Report: 'A La Carte' Cable TV Could Cut Costs For Consumers" 02/14/2006
FMQB, "FCC Takes Action on Indecency" 01/24/2006
AP, "Cable industry to offer more family friendly options" 12/12/2005
AP, "FCC chief to cable, satellite TV: Clean up your act or else" 11/30/2005
AP, "'Monday Night Football' intro not indecent, FCC rules" 03/15/2005
AP, "Indecency complaint leads to limit on blind broadcast service" 03/03/2005
AP, "Republicans urge satellite, cable indecency rules" 03/02/2005
AP, "Move to raise indecency fines fails" 10/11/2004
Corey Deitz, "Clear Channel Fires Little Rock Classic Rock Morning Host Tommy Smith" 07/22/2004
AP, "CBS would fight any Super Bowl fines" 07/19/2004
AP, "Howard Stern show expands to 9 new markets" 07/01/2004
Reuters, "Janet Jackson Breast Flash May Get $550,000 Fine" 06/30/2004
AP, "Senate OKs higher fines for indecency" 06/24/2004
AP, "Clear Channel to pay record $1.75 million to settle indecency claims" 06/10/2004
Jacques Steinberg, "Eye on F.C.C., TV and Radio Watch Words," N.Y.T. 05/10/2004
AP, "Judge tosses claim Super Bowl show was falsely advertised" 05/03/2004
Ray Richmond, "FCC indecency has Bochco in 'Blue' mood" (Hollywood Reporter) 04/27/2004
"US major broadcasters petition against tough indecency crackdown" 04/20/2004
AP, "Media firms, artists ask FCC to reconsider F-word ruling" 04/20/2004
Chris Baker, "FCC leader to stay tuned to racy soaps," Washington Times 04/02/2004
AP, "Broadcasters to consider code of conduct" 04/01/2004
AP, "A closer look at broadcast indecency" 03/23/2004
Dick Kreck, "Broadcasters jumpy about FCC scrutiny" 03/22/2004
(Denver Post)
AP, "Clear Channel Suspends Radio Show Hosts" 03/22/2004
CBS, "Poll: Janet's Revelation No Crime" 03/21/2004
John Mainelli, "Stern: Oprah Talks Dirtier" 03/20/2004
(NY Post)
UPI, "Election year decency?" 03/19/2004
FMBQ, "Infinity, Clear Channel Fined In Thursday's FCC Volley" 03/19/2004
FMBQ, "Content Behind Stern Fine? "Blumpkins" and "Balloon Knots" 03/19/2004
AP, "FCC to broadcasters: F-word out of bounds" 03/19/2004
US Newswire, "Indecency on the Air: Shock-Radio Jock Howard Stern Remains 'King of All Fines,' Says Center for Public Integrity" 03/18/2004
AP, "FCC cites Howard Stern, Bono for indecency" 03/18/2004
AP, "Carlin responds to indecency uproar -- with more than seven words" 03/15/2004
AP, "House panel votes for higher indecency fines" 03/04/2004
NBC, "Exec Criticizes Stern Before Lawmakers" 02/26/2004
AP, "FCC chief calls Super Bowl show 'new low'" 02/11/2004
Frank Ahrens & Lisa de Moraes, "FCC Is Investigating Super Bowl Show" 02/03/2004
(Wash. Post)
AP, "FCC proposes record fine for indecency" 01/28/2004
AP, "FCC chairman calls for bigger fines for broadcast indecency" 01/15/2004
AP, "Congressman proposes banning 8 crude words from airwaves" 12/16/2003
AP, "FCC proposes fines for shock jocks' sex segments" 10/03/2003
AP, "FCC: Howard Stern's show is 'bona fide news interview' program" 09/10/2003
AP, "Shock jocks pulled off air as FCC considers sanctions against station" 08/21/2002
"Court avoids dirty words during TV indecency hearing" (11/05/08)
Commentary        Back to top
Gene Policinski, "Censorship in the name of decency?" 09/05/2006
Paul McMasters, "Racy downloads become more daring -- and portable" 12/04/2005
Editorial, "Media subject to ‘indecent’ regulations" 03/22/2004
(Columbia Chronicle)
Paul M. Weyrich, "Culture fight could endanger freedoms" 03/22/2004
James Sullivan, "Standards of indecency: After Janet's flash, FCC clamping down, but what is indecent, and who is deciding?" 03/21/2004
Peter Ames Carlin, "Sure, Howard Stern's and Janet Jackson’s antics made us mad, but . . . " 03/21/2004
Marjorie Heins, "What is the Fuss About Janet Jackson's Breast?" 03/21/2004
(The Free Expression Policy Project)
Kathleen Parker, "The freedom of not hearing Howard Stern" 03/17/2004
(Orlando Sentinel)
Congressman Ron Paul, "An Indecent Attack on the First Amendment" 03/10/2004
Ken Paulson, "Flashpoint: Janet Jackson and government regulation of TV" 02/26/2004
Michael Dorf, "Does the First Amendment Protect Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake?" 02/04/2004
Janeane Garofalo 'Speaking Freely' transcript (Ken Paulson interview with Janeane Garofalo)
Paul McMasters, "FCC to TV viewers: Watch what we say" (04/09/06)
Julie Hilden, "The Fight Over "Fleeting Expletives": How A Grant of Supreme Court Review May Lead to Expanded FCC Power and Reduced First Amendment Rights for Broadcasters" (03/31/2008
Law (constitutional, statutory & regulatory)        Back to top
HR 3717, "Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004" 03/26/2004
(proposed House Bill)
Fine Against Infinity Broadcasting 03/18/2004
(re Howard Stern)
S. 2056, the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act 02/09/2004
(proposed Senate Bill)
Federal Indecency Statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1464
FCC, "Industry Guidance On the Commission's Case Law Interpreting 18 U.S.C. § 1464 and Enforcement Policies Regarding Broadcast Indecency"
FCC, "Complaints Against Various Broadcast Licensees Regarding Their Airing of the Golden Globe Awards Program, FCC"
(released: March 18 2004) (Golden Globe Awards)
List of FCC Enforcement Actions
(April 2000 – March 2004)
Indecency Cases, Supreme Court Decisions
FCC v. Pacifica
Books        Back to top
Ronald Collins & David Skover, The Trials of Lenny Bruce
(Sourcebooks, 2002)
Marjorie Heins, Not In front of the Children
(Hill & Wang, 2001)
Robert Hilliard & Michael C. Keith, Dirty Discourse: Sex and Indecency in American Radio
(Blackwell Press, 2003)
Kevin W. Saunders, Saving Our Children from the First Amendment
(New York University Press, 2003)
Web sites        Back to top
Concerned Women for America
Family Research Council
Federal Communications Commission ('Obscene, Profane & Indecent Broadcasts')
Howard Stern, E Online
Morality in the Media
National Coalition Against Censorship
Parents Television Council
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