CBS Files Another Brief In Indecency Rehearing
October 5, 2009 at 5:39 AM (PT)
CBS CORPORATION filed its brief with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in the rehearing of the JANET JACKSON SUPER BOWL "wardrobe malfunction" case, and BROADCASTING AND CABLE reports that the network likened the FCC's approach to the incident to CAPTAIN AHAB obsessing on MOBY DICK.
"The issues the FCC now raises all have been thoroughly briefed, argued and decided by this Court, following an exhaustive investigation and three rounds of pleadings at the agency," said CBS. "The Commission’s supplemental brief fails even to address the purpose of this remand from the Supreme Court, but the agency’s AHAB-like obsession with this case does pose an important question: Just how many years can the FCC prolong a broadcast indecency probe of an unscripted and unintended event that lasted nine-sixteenths of one second?" The network warned that allowing the case to continue to be dragged out would chill speech as well as add legal fees for all the parties.