That, and other news, in today's Roundup and Recap.
The "f-bomb" delivered on "Saturday Night Live" by Jenny Slate triggered a wave of speculation as to whether NBC stations will once again be in the FCC's crosshairs, given the recent decisions on fleeting expletives.
The short answer: Probably not, according to Broadcast & Cable's John Eggerton, who writes this morning, "As some coverage rightly pointed out, since the broadcast was well past 10 p.m., it was within the FCC’s safe harbor and perfectly acceptable to the government.
"Broadcasters can air cursing and nudity and even the same sort of graphic sex you can see on your local hotel room TV between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. They don’t because they choose not to. There is the occasional slip, but that is like a drop of black paint in a vat of white."
Nevertheless, it will probably inspire more ammunition for those arguing about the coarsening of TV content, even if such viewpoints are becoming more irrelevant given the presence of the Internet. The clip, after all, is readily available.
Ken Burns' Politics: Is Ken Burns new documentary on PBS, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," an argument for big government? James Poniewozik of Time writes, "The national parks — and The National Parks — are based on ideas that are classically, if not radically, communitarian: That the free market doesn't always act in the public interest. That it's good that every American shares ownership of and responsibility for the most exclusive properties in the country. And that it is right for people — through government — to protect them from business interests and even from the people themselves (like the early visitors who shot game and scratched their names on ancient rocks). A series on a public-TV network that calls a government program America's best idea? Has no one alerted Rush Limbaugh?" Burns endorsed Obama last year and produced a video about Ted Kennedy for the Democratic National Convention.