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Challenging the Federal Censorship Commission

NY Times: TV Networks Sue to Challenge F.C.C.’s Indecency Penalties. With no allies among either the Democrats or the Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission nor any significant ones in Congress, the four broadcast networks, joined by the Hearst-Argyle Television group of stations, embarked late last week on a low-risk strategy of turning to the courts.

Astonishing — no allies among members of Congress who are supposed to uphold the Constitution. It’s a commentary on today’s America that we have to rely on the courts, and ultimately the rest of us, to protect the First Amendment from the blue-noses who want to make the airwaves suitable only for small children.

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