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Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
CBS allowing an uncensored “sh*t happens” in 1999 paved the way for this week’s “sh*thole” TV spectacle
The word “sh*thole” was all over TV on Thursday, thanks to President Trump. But as Sean O'Neal points out, there was a time when the word “sh*t” generated controversy when a broadcast network allowed its use in primetime. CBS OK’d Mark Harmon’s doctor character to say “sh*t happens” in an October 1999 episode of Chicago Hope, the David E. Kelley medical drama, citing artistic reasons. The Parents TV Council warned that allowing a broadcast network to say “sh*t” would result in other shows using the profanity. And the PTC was right. ER would eventually say “sh*t.” NYPD Blue would utter “bullsh*t.” Even Howard Stern was outraged that CBS would allow a word that the FCC would fine him for. "The producers felt strongly that the line was important for artistic truthfulness," CBS said in a statement. "We wanted to support their creative vision, but clearly this is not something that will happen on a weekly basis." Ultimately, the FCC bought CBS’ reasoning for airing the profanity.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 7:29PM EST
FCC approves Next Gen TV
The new TV standard will allow for greater interactivity between broadcasters and viewers, including improved picture and sound, along with the controversial ability to directly target viewers with specific ads. ALSO: FCC votes to end the role of forbidding one company from owning a newspaper and a TV station in the same city.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
The FCC is expected to vote on Thursday whether to allow broadcasters to collect data on viewers for targeted ads
The proposed “Next Gen TV” is raising privacy concerns.
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 5:29PM EDT
FCC chair responds to President Trump’s tweets, says TV licenses can’t be revoked over content
"Under the law, the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast," Ajit Pai, whom Trump appointed in January, said responding to the president's tweets last week threatening TV licenses after decrying negative coverage about him. "I believe in the First Amendment. The FCC under my leadership will stand for the First Amendment," added Pai.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 11:15PM EDT
Why does President Trump keep going after his former network, NBC?
The president may be threatening NBC’s broadcast license because he has been “Peacucked,” which Daniel Fienberg describes as “The impotent sensation that NBC and associated properties are out to get you.” Meanwhile, on Wednesday night, Trump went after network news in general, tweeting: “Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!” ALSO: Trump’s license threat is the very definition of Nixonian.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 2:10PM EDT
President Trump threatens to cancel NBC’s broadcast license over critical reporting
Despite what Trump tweeted this morning, his threat isn’t “remotely credible” because the “FCC generally does not resort to such measures unless a licensed broadcast entity has engaged in severe, illegal conduct.”