Michael Powell: FCC 'Fleeting Expletives' Policy 'A Mistake'
July 22, 2010 at 4:24 AM (PT)
In an op-ed column for the NEW YORK TIMES, former FCC Commissioner MICHAEL POWELL called the Commission's policy on "fleeting expletive" indecency "a mistake" and added that his staff determination that BONO's awards-show swearing was not indecent was reversed due to a "political firestorm."
POWELL, reports BROADCASTING AND CABLE, said that it the policy "was ever sound, that case is eviscerated today by the sheer abundance and accessibility of other media sources, which enjoy full constitutional protection."
The Commission reversed POWELL's staff decision under his successor, fellow Republican KEVIN MARTIN, leading to the "BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS" cases that gave rise to the case in which the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently threw out the FCC indecency rules.