FCC's Wheeler On 'Redskins' Indecency -- I Said We'd Review, Not That We've Decided
October 7, 2014 at 4:22 AM (PT)
FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER has written a letter to the editor of the LOS ANGELES TIMES to clarify his position on whether the name "REDSKINS" may be deemed "indecent" and thus off-limits for broadcasters.
Objecting to the TIMES editorial that ripped him for insinuating that the Commission is considering a ban on the WASHINGTON NFL franchise's name, WHEELER wrote, "When asked about this petition at a news conference, I said that we would review the petition on its legal merits. This is what we do with all petitions. To say that we are reviewing it says nothing about its merits or how we might rule."
He said that his view that the name is offensive and should be changed is his personal opinion, not the Commission's, and "my personal views are just that -- personal -- and should not be perceived as an indication on how the commission will or won't act."