Chairman Is Vehement in Opposing Profanity Ruling

Hollywood and free speech advocates praised the profanity court ruling while FCC Chairman Kevin Martin opposed it in a unique way.
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Hollywood and free speech advocates praised the profanity court ruling while FCC Chairman Kevin Martin opposed it in a unique way.

An NAB spokesman called the ruling “a timely opinion as public policymakers weigh the merits of further program content restrictions. NAB has long believed that responsible industry self-regulation is preferable to government regulation in areas of programming content.”

But in what was probably a first for any FCC official, the chairman himself released a statement laced with such language to draw attention to the issue.

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