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Court asks FCC to eye CBS

'60 Minutes' segment may have wronged Ukrainians

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has asked the FCC to take another look at a charge that CBS is unfit to renew its license to operate a station in Detroit because of allegations that a “60 Minutes” episode painted a distorted picture of Ukrainians.

The case, which has been bouncing back and forth between the FCC and the court system for several years, was brought by a Detroit man, Alexander Serafyn, who claims that a segment called “The Ugly Face of Freedom” intentionally distorted the image of Ukrainians. Serafyn objected to the program because he claimed that it depicted Ukrainians as anti-Semitic.

Serafyn wants the FCC to revoke the license, but the court only asked the FCC to take another look at his claims. After establishing a more detailed record in the case, the FCC could uphold its earlier decision to take no action against CBS.

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