Censorship in Radio

Topics: Howard Stern, Freedom of speech, Broadcasting Pages: 3 (1373 words) Published: October 8, 1999
By: Jezz
E-mail: pissoffchuck@aol.com

 Censorship in radio For the past several years Freedom of speech in America has had it's meaning changed many times. Although the changes have gone unnoticed by most Americans, In the radio business they are felt day in and day out. radio personalities, programmers, and owners have to deal with this everyday but they too have no real idea what the Federal Communications Commission's idea of free speech is. You see the rule seems to change depending on who you are. If you are tagged by the FCC anything the broadcaster does or says is monitored and picked over and fined.( Howard stern. King Of All Media.165-166 ) The FCC has been picking on Howard Stern for years, they singled Howard for doing "trash radio". But according to Stern other programs are saying or doing the same if not worse things than he is. Stern tells of when Geraldo said (Stern Miss America. 526-530.) in a show about the Mennendez brothers being molested for doing something wrong. "Hell, I'm not for child molestation, but if I knew anal sex . . . punishment, I'd keep my room clean." Geraldo goes untouched. but Howard got fined for saying "lesbian's filled with lust." (Howard Stern. Miss America.519). That seems a bit more tame to me but since Stern is tagged he gets fined. The First Amendment states. "congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech." This rule, over the years has changed to "congress shall make . . ." as interpreted by the FCC (king of all. 165) this makes no sense the word freedom, according to Webster's Dictionary means the state of being free from constraints, possession of political and civil rights, unrestricted access or use yet, the FCC is in charge of what can and can't be said over the airwaves. The FCC is the god of the broadcasting industry, they do not have to answer to anybody they have all the power to do whatever they want. The basic rule for a deejay is that he/she may not use the seven dirty words, all...
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