Last updated: July 16, 2010 - 8:36am
[Commentary] The federal appeals court decision against the Federal Communications Commission regulations of "fleeting expletives" needs a hearing in the Supreme Court.
The court's legal reasoning must be updated in the face of rapid changes in media, the increasing assault of vulgarity on children, and the demand of parents for government help. This recent court decision on "fleeting expletives" was legally grounded in two centuries of assaults on free speech. But courts also need to recognize the real-world evidence of the harm done to vulnerable children by media creators who constantly push the boundaries of social acceptance.