Supreme Court Debates TV Censorship

Justices weigh in on profanity and nudity and free speech.
2:13 | 01/10/12

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A very different but extraordinary. Debate at the Supreme Court. As the justices tackled questions Americans argue in our living rooms. What language and what nudity should be banned from network TV ABC Cecilia Vega attracts the action on the court for us tonight. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Brings to the infamous wardrobe malfunction. -- The Supreme Court is -- beating dirty words and images in prime time right now profanity and wardrobe malfunctions can get broadcasters slapped with six figure -- the networks including ABC argue in this day and age that's just not fair. Justice Samuel Alito asked what it would all -- for young eyes and ears. Are they going to be seeing a lot of people parading around in the nude in a stream of expletives he asked -- and that -- it hurts at the heart of this case. Fox violated the FCC's rules on decency based on the Supreme Court ruling from all the way back in 1970. -- Back then there were only a handful broadcasters. But today there are hundreds of outlets and only old fashioned broadcast that use the airwaves face a fine. Time has come to treat. Broadcast TV and on equal footing with all the rest the media. The FCC inconsistent policing troubled some court justices one that word from a celebrity brings a fine. -- stream of profanity in the TV version of Saving Private Ryan doesn't. Just -- Elena Kagan. The way that this policy seems to work it's like nobody can use dirty words or nudity except for Steven Spielberg. Which should Rochester be kept that last island of -- in -- television culture Chief Justice John Roberts is the only justice with small children. All we're asking for he said what the government is asking for is a few channels where you could say I'm not going to. They are not going to hear the password the F ward. Justice Sotomayor recused herself from this case because she dealt -- in the lower court which means there could be a -- decision. Any decision is not expected to comment till early summer Diane that means states news.

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