Over the past few years there have been some fleeting uses of profanity on television during live programs. The FCC decided to outlaw such occurrences and fine broadcasters for allowing them. To protect themselves broadcasters use a few seconds delay so a censor can ensure Bono doesn't let go with another "really fucking brilliant" at another awards ceremony. However the courts reversed the FCC who then appealed to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court is going to hear the case.
The case to be heard first on Tuesday is, in fact, about profanity — what two widely used, vulgar words mean, at least in legal terms, and what the government can do about punishing their use, at least on radio and television in daytime and prime time.
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