Keaton TV 'F-Bomb' Tests FCC's 'Fleeting Expletives' Policy
January 16, 2008 at 7:16 AM (PT)
The FCC's position on "fleeting expletives" is being tested by, of all people, DIANE KEATON, after the actress blurted out the "f-word" on TUESDAY morning's "GOOD MORNING AMERICA." KEATON, promoting her new movie "MAD MONEY," complimented host DIANE SAWYER's lips and mused that if she herself had such lips, she would not have had to work on her "f--king personality."
The expletive aired live on the East Coast and was bleeped in other time zones. FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN, talking to reporters at a TUESDAY press conference, said that he had been unaware of the KEATON comment until that moment and said "I don't know enough about the details of this to see how it would be impacted."
MARTIN also told reporters that he believes that the congressional probe of the FCC will find that he is doing nothing different from what previous Commissioners from both parties have done, insisting that the agency's practices are "fair and open and transparent" and adding that "95% of issues we address we do on a 5-0 basis." He said that the Commission is still mulling over the SIRIUS-XM merger but hopes to complete the review by the end of the first quarter.