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Covered at Reason 24/7: Former FCC Leaders Want Even More Television Censorship

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There are a number of folks out there who feel the team name for the NFL's Washington Redskins is culturally insensitive. Racist, even. Since the team has thus far clung to their controversial mascot, some former FCC leaders are proposing forcing their hands by trying to punish television broadcasters who say or air its name.

Politico reports:

In a letter to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, former Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Nicholas Johnson, and others contend that an indecency case could be made against broadcasters who air the offensive name.

"It is impermissible under law that the FCC would condone, or that broadcasters would use, obscene pornographic language on live television," they write. "This medium uses government owned airwaves in exchange for an understanding that it will promote the public interest. Similarly, it is inappropriate for broadcasters to use racial epithets as part of normal, everyday reporting." 

Never using the team's name, they chastise broadcasters for using a name that is equivalent to the "n-word."

But networks can use the "n-word," too, if they want to. It's the cultural pressure and consequences that stopped the use of such language, not government demands or fines.

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  1. Fuck the FCC. Enjoy your advancing irrelevance as you continue to try and hold on to some power, you good for nothing scumbags. I’ll go watch HBO where you have absolutely no power at all.

    1. I’ll go watch HBO where you have absolutely no power at all.

      Knock on wood.

      1. Just wait until the government sinks their teeth into the Internet and mission creep sets in.

        Really, what is net neutrality but censorship by another name?

  2. Dear Chairman Mike Hundt:

    Fuck off.

    1. He’s not chairman anymore.

      Get a rope.

  3. I watched Persepolis last night, and during each of the scenes where Marjane had to face the cops for wearing makeup or drinking alcohol or having contraband music, I thought how awful it would be to have to live under the scrutiny of the morality police like that.

    Then I remembered that we have the FCC and DEA.

  4. I wish they would punish the NFL for the obscenity that is the Roger Goodell commissionership.

  5. I dread to think what horrible things I might hear if the FCC did not have their warm, loving hands over my ears.

    Thank you, FCC.

  6. But networks can use the “n-word,” too, if they want to. It’s the cultural pressure and consequences that stopped the use of such language, not government demands or fines.

    These people are incapable of imagining social change without coercion, huh?

    1. You’re just getting this now? Meathead.

    2. Clearly, the government is responsible for the existence of racism. Suck on that, proggies.

      1. I don’t know that I would go that far.

        It certainly is responsible for racist institutions like slavery and Jim Crow and the drug war, but not for racism itself.

  7. Fuck them.

    Hail to the Redskins.

  8. Oh, and Josh Hakken appears to still be evading the loving arms of our benefactors.

    http://www.wtvq.com/content/lo…..9isZg.cspx

    1. I had a throwdown with a friend on FB over this. Mostly over the idea that the Amber Alert — designed to improve child safety — was doing anything but putting the Hakken children in danger. I’m not sure how anyone else scored it, but I was clearly on the side of the safety of Hakken’s children, not “child safety” in some abstract statist form.

  9. “It is impermissible under law that the FCC would condone, or that broadcasters would use, obscene pornographic language on live television,”

    No more televised games for that college team from Oregon, I guess.

    “The Beavers were wide open on that last play.”

    1. Win.

    2. Except for the tight ends…

    3. Along that theme, Washington should change the mascot name to “The Bearded Clams”.

  10. It’s the Redskins. It’s Dan Snyder. If you took my concern for them and converted it to gasoline, there wouldn’t be enough to run a piss-ant’s go-kart around the inside of a Cheerio, to borrow a fine Southernism.

    This is one of those cases where I wish that both sides could lose.

    Did I mention how much I hate the Redskins and Dan Snyder?

    1. Old Man With Candy| 4.5.13 @ 7:06PM |#
      …”If you took my concern for them and converted it to gasoline, there wouldn’t be enough to run a piss-ant’s go-kart around the inside of a Cheerio, to borrow a fine Southernism.”

      Oh, and a movie critic died. I won’t borrow any gas.

  11. “…government owned airwaves…”

    There’s the problem.

    1. And here I thought the FCC just regulated and licensed the airwaves. Silly me.

      1. Another reason to go back in time and off that Roosevelt sonofabitch.

        1. You’re thinking of Hoover. Not that I would approve offing him.

  12. “This medium uses government owned airwaves in exchange for an understanding that it will promote the public interest.

    What fucking airways? Everything is cable. Since they digitized the over-air broadcast channels, nothing is actually watchable anymore. The only channel I can get is the local PBS and that’s hit and miss.

    Actually, it is quite pleasing to watch the government destroy that which they “own”.

  13. Just fucking shoot me.

  14. So who comes up with all that crazy smack?
    http://www.GoPrivacy.tk

  15. Since when are potatoes insensitive or racist?

    1. Since always. Have you even been in a grocery store? The whites, browns, and redskins are always segregated in separate bins.

      Potatoes are extremely racist.

      1. Separate but equal.

    2. “If and when I am ready for a grandchild, it won’t be the potato-faced spawn of some Irish whore.”

  16. How about the Washington Bureaucrats? Nope, that’s obscene too.

    Washington Honkies? Washington WASPS? Have them wear armbands on the field to force them to consider their privilege.

    So many obscene names which need to be updated:

    The Boston Footwear of Color

    The Cleveland Indigenous Peoples who We Respect Greatly But No, You Can’t Have Your Land Back

    The Houston Solar-Powered Batteries

    New York Assholes

    1. How about the Washington Rednecks since the people that whine about this kind of thing consider rednecks to be fair game.

  17. Under current communications statutes, the nigger-word and redskin-word are not “indecent” because they’re not sexual or scatologic.

  18. Well we still let our indians native americans call themselves Indians

    But the only reason we let them do so is because they are from the res and really are indians.

  19. Here in Indian Country I can tell you that this “Redskins” issue is a non-problem. Go anywhere on the rez and you’ll see Redskins jerseys everywhere.

    It’s a pearl-clutching problem for everyone except people with red skin, I guess.

    … Hobbit

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