FCC Gets Complaints Over Alleged President Trump Profanity Reporting

A Federal Communications Commission spokesperson confirmed that a handful of indecency complaints have been registered with the FCC over the alleged "shithole" comment by President Donald Trump that some broadcasters were repeating verbatim (there was no audio or video) in their news coverage. The term is among those FCC indecency regulations disallow on broadcast TV--there are no cable indecency rules--between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Generally, content that would be actionable in entertainment programming does not generate the same FCC attention when it is an integral part of a news broadcast, but the spokesperson said there is no explicit carveout news. As to whether the FCC would take any action in this case, the spokesperson said the FCC takes context into account, but had no further guidance.

 


FCC Gets Complaints Over Alleged President Trump Profanity Reporting