Group urging FCC to take action against Fox
An activist group urged its members to complain to the Federal Communications Commission about Fox for “deliberately displaying the f-word” during Saturday’s broadcast of an NFL playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles.
A camera shot of fans in the stadium caught sight of a woman wearing a T-shirt inscribed, “Fuck da Eagles.”
“There is no doubt that this was an intentional airing of patently offensive language on the public airwaves,” said Tim Winter, exec director of Parents Television Council, a social conservative group that has generated the majority of indecency complaints to the FCC in recent years.
“We are calling on our members across the nation to file formal indecency complaints with the FCC, and we urge the commission to take swift and decisive action to protect the public airwaves from those who are abusing their privilege to use them.” Winter added that Fox and all its affiliates should “refund to its advertisers 100% of the advertising revenue they received for this broadcast. The sponsors were dealt the same sucker punch from Fox that millions of children and families received, and they shouldn’t be forced to pay for it.”
“The shot was inadvertent and unintentional, and we apologize,” said Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell.
Given that the FCC’s indecency policies are under court challenge by major TV nets, including Fox, it’s doubtful the agency will address any complaints before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issues its decision.