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FCC Is Investigating Super Bowl Show: Entire Halftime Performance Faces Indecency Standards Test
Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2004 | Frank Ahrens and Lisa de Moraes

Posted on 02/02/2004 8:08:45 PM PST by new cruelty

The Federal Communications Commission launched an investigation into Sunday's controversial Super Bowl halftime show yesterday and FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell telephoned Mel Karmazin, president of CBS parent Viacom Inc., to express his outrage, saying the entertainment giant should have known what was going to transpire during the show.

The FCC probe will encompass the entire halftime program -- including the brief exposure of singer Janet Jackson's breast and the sexualized dance routine precipitating it -- to determine if it violates indecency standards set in law and enforced by the FCC.

If indecency violations are found, each of Viacom's 200 owned and affiliate stations could face a penalty of up to $27,500. FCC officials said the agency may also pursue penalties against CBS and the individual performers, Jackson and Justin Timberlake

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fcc; michaelpowell; nipplegate; superbowl; viacom
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1 posted on 02/02/2004 8:08:50 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty
Americans are theological fools when it comes to nudity.

What we need is an FCC that fosters civilized behavior.

2 posted on 02/02/2004 8:15:56 PM PST by thinktwice (The human mind is blessed with reason, and to waste that blessed mind is treason)
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To: new cruelty
I think the HPD should have hauled it off to jail for indecent exposure.
3 posted on 02/02/2004 8:17:07 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (A little knowledge is dangerous.-- I live dangerously::))
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To: new cruelty
BullCRAP! Nothing is going to come out of this investigation! Look at all the stars who have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar only to be given a slap on the wrist and send back to LaLaLand! YAWN!
4 posted on 02/02/2004 8:17:49 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: new cruelty
Argh. the administration seems to have forgotten one of the basic lessons of the Reagan Administration. One of the keys to Reagan's success was his intentional removal of the FCC and other branches of government from the practice of neo-puritan witchhunting.

He believed, quite logically, that deregulation and capitalism were just as good for the entertainment industry as they were for manufacturing.

Electorally, this is no-win and could be costly.

-Eric

5 posted on 02/02/2004 8:19:30 PM PST by E Rocc ("Cultural Conservative": One who considers "decency" to be more important than liberty.)
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To: new cruelty
"Book 'em, Danno!"
6 posted on 02/02/2004 8:21:02 PM PST by TommyDale
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To: thinktwice
Americans are theological fools when it comes to nudity.

Not me. I've always known there is more than one boob.

7 posted on 02/02/2004 8:22:17 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
I think the HPD should have hauled it off to jail for indecent exposure.
Maybe someone can get the FCC agents to meet at 1am in a store parking lot. That should work. >:)

-Eric

8 posted on 02/02/2004 8:23:54 PM PST by E Rocc ("Cultural Conservative": One who considers "decency" to be more important than liberty.)
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To: E Rocc
He believed, quite logically, that deregulation and capitalism were just as good for the entertainment industry as they were for manufacturing. An iron logic like that which leads to sweatshops?
9 posted on 02/02/2004 8:24:09 PM PST by RobbyS
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To: thinktwice
Americans are theological fools when it comes to nudity.

I love nudity. But not for my small children during prime time without warning. Thanks for your concern though.
10 posted on 02/02/2004 8:24:13 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: new cruelty
Clear Channel RADIO was just cited for a comedy sketch that "crossed the line". The fine was $750,000. That is single market radio.

Fine $27,000 per affiliate MAYBE.

11 posted on 02/02/2004 8:25:02 PM PST by weegee
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
The DA wasn't going anywhere near this one after the half-assed way they went to court arguing against an observed act of anal sex.
12 posted on 02/02/2004 8:26:10 PM PST by weegee
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To: E Rocc
He believed, quite logically, that deregulation and capitalism were just as good for the entertainment industry as they were for manufacturing.

That's not what I remember about Ed Meese's time at the Justice Department.

13 posted on 02/02/2004 8:26:39 PM PST by squidly (Money is inconvenient for them: give them victuals and an arse-clout, it is enough.)
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To: RoseofTexas
All that is happening is that the limits of our
cultural acceptance of taboo things is changing a little
at the time.
14 posted on 02/02/2004 8:27:09 PM PST by dwilli
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To: RoseofTexas
Well, if nothing else, janet got some much wanted publicity for her new album.
15 posted on 02/02/2004 8:27:11 PM PST by new cruelty (Better the devil you know than the devil you don't)
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To: new cruelty
Full nipplegate coverage on FR:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/k-nipplegate/browse
16 posted on 02/02/2004 8:27:50 PM PST by flashbunny ("Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig." -Mark Twain)
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To: flashbunny
LOL. Thanks for the keyword look up.
17 posted on 02/02/2004 8:29:30 PM PST by new cruelty (Better the devil you know than the devil you don't)
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To: weegee
I read an article about that today.

It was fined for "Bubba the Love Sponge" (whoever that is, but the name stuck in my mind.

He's a local morning guy I think, in Tampa, so how could the max fine be $27,000 when Clear Channel was charged so much for just a local program. Or maybe he's not local, I have no idea.
18 posted on 02/02/2004 8:33:16 PM PST by dawn53
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To: new cruelty
No problem. Been working since late last night to keyword up these threads so it's easy to keep track up. And because FR has the most exensive nipplegate coverage anywhere!
19 posted on 02/02/2004 8:35:13 PM PST by flashbunny ("Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig." -Mark Twain)
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To: dawn53
Found these results in a search of tampa paper to verify that fine was $755,000.

http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=TT&p_theme=tt&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_text_search-0=bubba%20AND%20love%20AND%20sponge&s_dispstring=bubba%20love%20sponge%20AND%20date(last%2030%20days)&p_field_date-0=YMD_date&p_params_date-0=date:B,E&p_text_date-0=-30qzD&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no

Also found out it's syndicated in these markets:
http://www.bubbasyndication.com/
20 posted on 02/02/2004 8:38:47 PM PST by dawn53
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To: new cruelty
After a six month investigation costing millions, Viacom will be fined $1.25.
21 posted on 02/02/2004 8:40:20 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Feh. It's only money. We'll make more. :)
22 posted on 02/02/2004 8:41:32 PM PST by new cruelty (Better the devil you know than the devil you don't)
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To: TommyDale
Sean Hannity expressed his "outrage" by showing the controversial parts of the video no less than seven times. If that wasn't enough, he had two stills of the allegedly offensive clip posted for several seconds. To underscore his point of a decaying society, he then had a still of Madonna and Britney Spears kissing. All of this during the family safe viewing hours. In all fairness, Hannity's display was longer and more egregious.

I'm sure the self-appointed moral watchdogs on this board will be calling for Sean Hannity's resignation, lest they are hypocrites.
23 posted on 02/02/2004 8:41:47 PM PST by AUH2OY2K
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To: new cruelty
The government will do nothing about this. If the old "silent majority" were to voice its opinion to the NFL and Viacom, then, possibly, common (e.g. non-deviant)sensibilities might prevail in the future -- although not likely to do anything about the hideous lack of creativity and presentation in the "arts". What a bunch of no-talent losers: can't write, can't sing, can't act, can't dance, but they CAN curse and show body parts. Feh.
24 posted on 02/02/2004 8:46:40 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
So, in your view, we do nothing?

An assault on the unsuspecting public without any form of warning, meaning we are subject to any trash that anyone wants to throw at us as we innocently watch the superbowl with our families.

Of course all those who enjoy such entertainment cannot understand the concerns of those who expect this event to be suitable for the entire family. Not all of us enjoy seeing crotch holding, lyrics with sex talk, and exposure of a breast at mealtime.

In my view - the execs at CBS are pornography addicts and plan on pushing lewdness into every aspect of media programming. My question is WHY??????

25 posted on 02/02/2004 8:47:22 PM PST by ClancyJ (It's just not safe to vote Democratic.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
What a bunch of no-talent losers: can't write, can't sing, can't act, can't dance, but they CAN curse and show body parts. Feh.

Feh indeed. You left out that they can grab their crotches. nelly was in top crotch grabbing form last night.

26 posted on 02/02/2004 8:48:53 PM PST by new cruelty (Better the devil you know than the devil you don't)
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To: new cruelty
MTV Networks President Judy McGrath said the finale of the Jackson-Timberlake act caught the network by surprise. "I'm mostly horrified as what I think would have been an entertaining, exciting great halftime show that ended so badly in five seconds none of us knew anything about," she said.

Yeah, Judy, it was just those five seconds that you knew *nothing* about, yet hyped on your web site beforehand. Never mind the crotch-grabbing, flag-wearing, bumping-and-grinding, lip-synching rest of the show. When P Diddy is your classiest performer at the halftime show, you have a real problem.

27 posted on 02/02/2004 8:51:55 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: weegee
Clear Channel RADIO was just cited for a comedy sketch that "crossed the line". The fine was $750,000. That is single market radio.

Howard Stern got fined a million for simply talking about breasts, let alone showing them!

28 posted on 02/02/2004 8:54:04 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: TommyDale
Even if it was 'costume failure', MTV's planned lesson...copping a feel in public IS OKAY! Must offend "NOW".

Where are those folks? Do they expect Mr. Timberlake to be a future President?
29 posted on 02/02/2004 8:56:53 PM PST by PizzaDriver (an heinleinian/libertarian)
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To: ClancyJ
That's not what I said. In fact I said that, if anyone, WE THE PEOPLE, COULD have an impact were we to bombard the NFL, Viacom, and their sponsors with our rebuke. I DID say that I doubted the FedGov would do anything.

BTW, I agree with your sentiments 100%.

30 posted on 02/02/2004 8:58:13 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: new cruelty
What did Bush know & when did he know it? LOL
31 posted on 02/02/2004 9:02:53 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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ooooh..aaaaaaaaaahhh....a breast on tv, OMG!~~~~ Let's go over the top! Hell yeah, le'st make sure we cover up all statue's that show a breast; and coin's for that matter. Better yet, the next time a mother is breast feeding, let's call out the Gov't to protect our eyes...Protect our morals. Protect us all!

We're all gonna DIE!!!! GOV'T, PLEASE help us!!!!

OR, make it a point not to watch cbs or MTV, or anything viacom. Don't allow your kids to own anything Jackson (that should go without saying), and damnit don't tell me the "un-suspecting" crap, the whole half time show sucked wind. Why was anyone watching it anyway?

Don't bother flaming me; you'll get nowhere. If you haven't figured out a long time ago that the NFL is a joke, CBS is a joke and broadcast media is simply nothing more than "shock video", your long past due to un-plug your set. That, or you simply enjoy something to bitch about.

32 posted on 02/02/2004 9:07:22 PM PST by Michael Barnes ( <a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com">miserable failure </a>)
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To: new cruelty
I hope they all get fined big money.

CBS
MTV
Janet Jackson
Justin Timberlake
and anyone else involved.
33 posted on 02/02/2004 9:09:10 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: thinktwice
Government intervention...and conservatives are advocating it.

Not good.

There is another way to putting a stop to this vile crap. Sadly, it's to turn off the tube.

34 posted on 02/02/2004 9:09:44 PM PST by FBD (...Please press 2 for English...for Espanol, please stay on the line...)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
"...although not likely to do anything about the hideous lack of creativity and presentation in the "arts". What a bunch of no-talent losers: can't write, can't sing, can't act, can't dance, but they CAN curse and show body parts. Feh."

Agreed, that is the worst part. The whole show was awful, the performers came of like a bunch of not talent losers, on the way down. Not really what was intended I imagine.

I got no problem with raunchiness, but there's a time and a place for everything. It strikes me that the Superbowl entertainment was completely schizo, all patriotism and schmaltz in the pre-game and pure raunch at half-time.

The worse part is, as many have pointed out today, the really excellent game was completely overshadowed by this. Even the disgusting "white riots" in Boston were overshadowed by it.

35 posted on 02/02/2004 9:10:09 PM PST by jocon307 (The dems don't get it, the American people do.)
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To: E Rocc
Thank you for your post! Indeed, Reagan did degregulate the FCC. He knew very well that a true conservative does not believe the government should engineer society and/or standards. THAT is up to the individual and the family.
36 posted on 02/02/2004 9:10:54 PM PST by NCPAC
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To: Salvation
They may get fined, but I doubt it will be big money compared to free publicity they are getting now. I think ms. jackson has an album coming out soon. This stunt will likely draw some much wanted attention and maybe even sell a few more albums.
37 posted on 02/02/2004 9:12:48 PM PST by new cruelty (Better the devil you know than the devil you don't)
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To: thinktwice
Americans are theological fools when it comes to nudity.

Like it or not this country was influenced from the very beginning by the Puritans and early Protestants --- we got their kind of morality, their work ethic, their attitudes toward cleanliness, sexual restraint etc --- and we became the strongest country in the entire world ---- way out ahead of all the others with their looser morals, and more decadent ways.

38 posted on 02/02/2004 9:13:15 PM PST by FITZ
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Ann-Margret knew how to sing and dance and act and stick with a stricken husband. That's the "lovem if you got one" stuff.
39 posted on 02/02/2004 9:15:56 PM PST by 185JHP ( "The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.")
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To: new cruelty
Investigate? Investigate what? CBS had a seven second delay that they could have "cut away" from the Jackson breast revelation if they wanted to. And they failed to do so. Let's see $27K times 200....that's about $5 Mil. Hmmmmm, will they take a check?
40 posted on 02/02/2004 9:18:57 PM PST by kellynla ("C" 1/5 1st Mar. Div. U.S.M.C. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi!)
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To: E Rocc
I think South Park has won over your mind.....just as you say on your Home Page.
41 posted on 02/02/2004 9:19:22 PM PST by Ann Archy
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To: AUH2OY2K
Sean Hannity expressed his "outrage" by showing the controversial parts of the video no less than seven times. . . . . . . still of Madonna and Britney Spears kissing. All of this during the family safe viewing hours. In all fairness, Hannity's display was longer and more egregious.

Umm, I doubt there are many youngsters who watch Hannity & Colmes.

42 posted on 02/02/2004 9:21:02 PM PST by 3catsanadog (When anything goes, everything does.)
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To: E Rocc; squidly; RobbyS; NCPAC
Argh. the administration seems to have forgotten one of the basic lessons of the Reagan Administration. One of the keys to Reagan's success was his intentional removal of the FCC and other branches of government from the practice of neo-puritan witchhunting.

The FCC certainly eliminated a lot of regulations during the Reagan years, but they've never stopped enforcing indecency regs.

If anything, the current FCC has been, until just the last couple months or so, the most lenient. It sure wasn't the Reagan-era or Clinton-era FCC that said, "Sure, you can say 'f*ck' on broadcast TV as long as it's just an expletive and not a direct reference to a sexual act."

43 posted on 02/02/2004 9:21:28 PM PST by Timesink (Smacky is power.)
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To: new cruelty
but I doubt it will be big money compared to free publicity they are getting now.

Even this desperate act cannot save these two fading pop celebrities. Their careers are done, this is the highlight of both their careers, what they'll be remembered for --- it won't be for their talent because there is very little of that.

44 posted on 02/02/2004 9:21:49 PM PST by FITZ
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To: kellynla
CBS had a seven second delay that they could have "cut away" from the Jackson breast revelation if they wanted to.

I didn't think that applied to live television, just live radio.

45 posted on 02/02/2004 9:21:56 PM PST by new cruelty (Better the devil you know than the devil you don't)
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To: ClancyJ
Kind of makes the liberals' pat answer to us "prudes" - "if you don't like it, change the channel" - a little outdated now.
46 posted on 02/02/2004 9:23:05 PM PST by 3catsanadog (When anything goes, everything does.)
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To: kellynla
It may be a pretty big fine against Viacom, to say the least. Remember, they're also investigating the other parts of the halftime show, and we could end up with a fine that will be over US$10,000,000.
47 posted on 02/02/2004 9:24:09 PM PST by RayChuang88
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To: new cruelty
So what was the first outrageous moment in that halftime show? Was it: 1) the first crotch grab, 2) the first act of simulated sex, or 3)Jackson's exposed breast? And if you were offended by either of the first two, why was your television set still on for the third?

I agree that CBS, MTV, Jackson, et al should be fined up the wazoo, but you also have a responsibility to change the channel. So when you read Jackson's apology, maybe you also owe an apology to your kids for not having the guts or the self control to turn the thing off!!!!

48 posted on 02/02/2004 9:24:49 PM PST by PMCarey
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To: new cruelty
12 years from now.

President Granholm's(D-Berkeley/Canada) appointment to the FCC, Former Senator Charles E Schumer(D-NY) commented on the record $1 million dollar indecency fine applied to Spike TV.

'Spike TV's "The A-Team" was fined $1,000,000 for indecency. This board found that the use of dangerous weapons such as guns is harmful to children and deemed indecent.'

Spike TV had no comment.

49 posted on 02/02/2004 9:25:53 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("There's no soap ever been invented that can wash that blood off his hands." - Gen. Patton on Kerry.)
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To: PMCarey
My kids were not watching. But rest assured, if they were, the channel would have changed or the television would have been turned off at the first crotch grab. But thanks for venting. Hope you feel a little better.
50 posted on 02/02/2004 9:27:44 PM PST by new cruelty (Better the devil you know than the devil you don't)
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