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The â??fleeting expletivesâ?? decision

April 28, 2009
This morning, the Supreme Court said in another of its 5-4 decisions that the federal government has authority to regulate occasional instances of profanity on broadcast television and radio, called â??fleeting expletives.â??

But the high court also ordered a federal appeals court to determine if the Federal Communications Commissionâ??s policy of penalizing â??indecentâ?? speech violates free speech protections of the First Amendment.

Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC â?? all of which have TV stations in Indianapolis â?? had joined in fighting the commissionâ??s stance.

What do you think? How far should the government go in regulating the airwaves?
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