An FCC staffer couldn't say how many complaints, which were still being compiled, but said she could personally attest to the fact since she had gotten two e-mails herself.Nice, huh?
Televangelist Robertson's comments came on The 700 Club on ABC Family Monday and prompted headlines and lead stories the following day in many major media. ABC Family is contractually obligated to carry the show and quickly disavowed itself of the comments.
It is not clear the FCC has any jurisdiction over the complaint.
For the FCC to act on any alleged hate speech, it first needs to be classified as "a clear and present danger" -- and thus illegal -- by a court.
Even then, the FCC generally asserts that it does not have jurisdiction over cable speech, though it has applied parts of its kids TV regulations to cable, and in doing so said it was classifying it as a "broadcast licensee," for the purposes of that specific regulation.
It is likely the FCC would not do anything unless it first got the court ruling, then it would have to address the issue of jurisdiction over cable.
Latter fifties, married, out of work (had knee surgery and haven't gotten back to work); my (step) son-in-law is back from Iraq, but a lot of boys are still over there. Support our troops -- throw the Republicans out!
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