FCC Chairman Tweets Support For David Ortiz 'Fleeting Expletive' Before Red Sox Game
April 22, 2013 at 3:59 AM (PT)
FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI gave BOSTON RED SOX star DAVID ORTIZ' use of the "f-word" in his comments to fans at FENWAY PARK before SATURDAY's game (4/19) a note of support via Twitter. GENACHOWSKI, through the Commission's verified account, posted, “DAVID ORTIZ spoke from the heart at today’s RED SOX game. I stand with BIG PAPI and the people of BOSTON -- JULIUS.”
ORTIZ said during the emotional ceremony in the wake of the Marathon bombing and apprehension of DZHKHAR TSARNAEV, "This is our f--king city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong."
The ceremony did not air on broadcast television -- neither MLB NETWORK nor the RED SOX' television outlet NESN are regulated for content by the FCC -- but may have aired on RED SOX radio affiliates. GENACHOWSKI's comment runs counter to the Commission's policy on "fleeting expletives," which were the subject of the recent Supreme Court battle in which the Commission argued that it has the right to fine stations for airing such profanity.