FCC: “X*#!”

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.


To prove their point, FCC chairman Kevin Martin released an expletive laden statement in response to Monday’s court ruling that struck down the commission’s fines against Fox for broadcasting the words “s—” and “f—.” Said Martin, “If ever there was an appropriate time for Commission action, this was it. If we can’t prohibit the use of the words “f—” and “s—” during prime time, Hollywood will be able to say anything they want, whenever they want.” As Variety’s William Triplett points out, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals stopped short of ruling that the commission had no authority to regulate indecent content. Fellow blogger Cynthia Littleton notes that Martin’s vitriolic response perhaps has more to do with his political ambitions.

Gosling’s Cause: Ryan Gosling, nominated for an Oscar for “Half Nelson,” is trying to draw attention to the crisis in northern Uganda,

Nixon’s Shadow:
George Packer of the New Yorker finds parallels between the Nixon in Broadway’s “Frost/Nixon” and the George Bush of today.

Fred Thompson’s Shadow: He’ll not be participating in tonight’s GOP candidates debate, but he will be offering commentary on Fox.

Violence March: Bill Cosby called on parents to step in to help stem the wave of violence in Philadelphia.

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