FEDERAL JUDGES in Philly are deciding whether the FCC's fine of $550,000 was too much punishment on CBS after Janet Jackson's barely covered breast was exposed to 90 million Super Bowl fans in 2004.
"The FCC's new zero-tolerance policy has already had a chilling effect on the broadcast industry, particularly with regard to television," said Robert Corn-Revere, a CBS lawyer who asked a federal appeals court panel to overturn the fine.
FCC lawyer Eric Miller argued Tuesday that Jackson's costume reveal was graphic and explicit.
"The idea of an exception for fleeting nudity flies in the face of common sense," Miller said.
Is this government censorship? Was anyone really harmed in this situation?
Or did the mass media use a cheap gimmick to draw in viewers?
(Similarly, did your teacher put this story online only because it is a pop culture reference with a saucy photo that would draw comments from students?)
If CBS gets fined for allowing the stunt to happen live on television, shouldn't this blog site be fined for running the photo?
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