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Washington University Law Review

2015

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The Seven Dirty Words You Should Be Allowed To Say On Television, Ellen Alexandra Eichner Jan 2015

The Seven Dirty Words You Should Be Allowed To Say On Television, Ellen Alexandra Eichner

Washington University Law Review

For any American who has ever watched television on one of the traditional broadcast networks, seven particular dirty words have always been conspicuously absent. Confusingly, on cable, these seven words may all occur in quick succession on one show. When one of them does make it to air on a broadcast network, it often becomes the source of a fine from the Federal Communications Commission and years of litigation. A recent case resulted in a huge victory for broadcasters. In the 2012 holding of FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc., the Supreme Court required the FCC to eliminate its existing ...