MEDIA WACH: Broadcasters blast FCC ruling on Bono

Recently, Clear Channel Communications dropped radio shock-jock Howard Stern from its lineup for being ... well, himself. Now, a group of broadcasters and free-speech groups are challenging an FCC "indecent" and "profane" ruling against rock star Bono, for uttering an expletive during an award show last year. The group claims the ruling is unprecedented and that current FCC guidelines are "hopelessly vague" and "draconian." Stay tuned.

Recently, Clear Channel Communications dropped radio shock-jock Howard Stern from its lineup for being ... well, himself. Now, a group of broadcasters and free-speech groups are challenging an FCC "indecent" and "profane" ruling against rock star Bono, for uttering an expletive during an award show last year. The group claims the ruling is unprecedented and that current FCC guidelines are "hopelessly vague" and "draconian." Stay tuned.

Most frequent messages

1. It's all political

2. Current guidelines are too vague

3. The FCC is bowing to intense political pressure

4. Broadcast media fears disadvantage against cable and satellite companies

5. It's unlikely the FCC will reverse Bono decision

Based on analysis of 25 news items appearing in national print and broadcast media

Evaluation and analysis by Delahaye Medialink

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