Yesterday, so-called "Christian" TV preacher Pat Robertson called for a hit on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him a "terrific danger" to the United States. This is a violation of FCC indecency codes if shown on public TV airwaves. According to the FCC, Obscene Broadcasts Are Prohibited at All Times. Obscene speech is not protected by the First Amendment and cannot be broadcast at any time.
The FCC has defined profanity as including language that “denote[s] certain of those personally reviling epithets naturally tending to provoke violent resentment or denoting language so grossly offensive to members of the public who actually hear it as to amount to a nuisance.” Using this test, the statement clearly violates the community standards issue.
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Written by John Bill, founder of independent think tank the Jmaximus Institute of Freedom.