Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Is That Your Final Answer?

Fox, the network that won the "fleeting expletives" case against the FCC in the Second Circuit, a case that will now be heard in the Supreme Court, is now refusing to pay the much diminished fine that the agency has imposed against it and some affiliates for a "Married By America" episode in which contestants licked whipped cream off some strippers in what the FCC thought was a "suggestive" manner. Instead, the network is appealing the fine. The FCC had originally imposed a sanction of more than a million dollars, but then slashed it to less than $100,000. Nevertheless, Fox says it will appeal on principle, without paying the fine, which is also an unusual move. Read more here.

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