PC Loons Lose: FCC Refuses To Deem Redskins Obscene Nor Profane
The cause of doing away with the name “Washington Redskins”, primarily the “Redskins” part, became a Big Issue for liberals, a cause celebre, because someone told them that the Redskins name was mean and evil and racist and bigoted and stuff. So, for months and months they worked to do away with the name “Redskins”, including petitioning to have a radio station license pulled
(The Hill) The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday ruled the name “Redskins” is not profane or obscene.
In a formal ruling, the commission rejected calls to yank the broadcast license of a radio station owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for excessively using the team’s name, which some find offensive.
George Washington University professor John Banzhaf filed a petition in September opposing the license renewal of the D.C. station, WWXX-FM.
To be obscene, it must related to something related to sexual conduct. To be profane, per the FCC’s definition, it must be “words that are sexual or excretory in nature.” Looks like someone should have actually read the FCC’s definitions prior to filing the petition.
The commission cited the First Amendment, saying it does not withhold licenses based on a subjective view of what is appropriate programming.
It noted that some racial or religious slurs are offensive to many, but it has previously declined “extending the bounds of profanity to reach such language given constitutional considerations.”
“Indeed, the Commission has held that ‘if there is to be free speech, it must be free for speech that we abhor and hate as well as for speech that we find tolerable and congenial,'” according to the commission.
Banzhaf whine to the FCC in his petition about “hate speech” and using the name is “fighting words”. Here’s an idea leftists give to righties who do not like certain TV programs: change the channel. I find MSNBC to be hate speech…ok, really, I find it to be silly and idiotic…so I do not watch it.
Liberals are all for Free Speech, as long as it is Free Speech they agree with.
Personally, I think they should do away with the Redskins name and call the the Washington Papooses, based on their play and record during the Daniel Snyder era. Oh, and because I despise the Redskins, being a Giants fan.