FCC

Former FCC Officials Want 'Redskins' Declared Indecent

Want government to keep broadcasters from using racist terms

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The Washington Redskins name, long accused by many of being an offensive moniker to Native Americans, may also be flat-out indecent, according to some former FCC officials and public interest advocates.

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."