The Rising of the Moon

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004


This came in via AMERICABlog and refers to an item on Eschaton
I wrote a complaint and sent it in, you do the same. Remember, it took only three (3) complaints to the FCC to cost Fox $1.5 million in fines.

FCC Action Alert!!!

1. Go to and find your Limbaugh station.
2. Send an email to with your own version of the following:

On Monday, December 13 in the 2nd hour of his program (1pm EST) broadcast on [CALL SIGN HERE], Rush Limbaugh used the vulgar, sexual term "dick" when referring to a Miss Plastic Surgery pageant. Specifically, Limbaugh said:

"LIMBAUGH: Miss Plastic Surgery. (chuckle) And – I’d – I’d – I – I don’t – I don’t know what the winner – I – and, oh, I didn’t print out both pages, so I don’t know what the – I don’t know what the winner gets. Probably a certificate to go to San Francisco to have an add-a-dick-to-me operation. "

According to the FCC:

Information regarding the details of what was actually said (or depicted) during the allegedly indecent, profane or obscene broadcast. There is flexibility on how a complainant may provide this information. The complainant may submit a significant excerpt of the program describing what was actually said (or depicted) or a full or partial recording (e.g., tape) or transcript of the material.

In whatever form the complainant decides to provide the information, it must be sufficiently detailed so the FCC can determine the words and language actually used during the broadcast and the context of those words or language. Subject matter alone is not a determining factor of whether material is obscene, profane, or indecent. For example, stating only that the broadcast station “discussed sex” or had a “disgusting discussion of sex” during a program is not sufficient. Moreover, the FCC must know the context when analyzing whether specific, isolated words are indecent or profane. The FCC does not require complainants to provide recordings or transcripts in support of their complaints. Consequently, failure to provide a recording or transcript of a broadcast, in and of itself, will not lead to automatic dismissal or denial of a complaint.

The date and time of the broadcast. Under federal law, if the FCC assesses a monetary forfeiture against a broadcast station for violation of a rule, it must specify the date the violation occurred. Accordingly, it is important that complainants provide the date the material in question was broadcast. A broadcaster’s right to air indecent or profane speech is protected between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Consequently, the FCC must know the time of day that the material was broadcast.


At 10:35 PM, Blogger overallskeptic said...

Robb, you should check out yesterday's article in USA Today on Howard Stern. I don't like his stuff personally, but I love that he's been sticking it to Powell by questioning his credentials to decide what is decent for America to see/hear. Plus, when all else fails go private (Sat. Radio) where no one can touch your free speech... at least for now.

At 10:39 PM, Blogger overallskeptic said...

I am assuming that you are posting this regarding Rush to level the playing field and point out the witch hunt of the FCC. Or are you just being a dick?

At 10:44 PM, Blogger Robb said...

Playing field? Ain't no play. Rush is the first one to attack on the smallest pretense. Unless we're willing to fight back, tooth and nail, we might as well ceed the RadCons the nation and the world right now.

At 10:47 PM, Blogger Robb said...

I don't care for Stern, his style nor his content, but he's been sticking it to Bush as well as Powell.

At 10:49 PM, Blogger overallskeptic said...

I agree, but it seems to me the bigger conversation involves reframing. Play within their preset rules, or get more creative and recreate the game. Don't compete. Create.

At 11:06 PM, Blogger overallskeptic said...

Are you just going complain or actually make a paradigm shift. Come on I know you got it in ya.

At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As we wrap up the year and see the extremes of 04 fade into history, what will be the inspiring rally for all who still believe in the possibility of a better world? As the tag line of this blog states, much of what needs to be addressed is the day to day, mundane issues that can make paint drying seem exciting. It is this unexciting mosaic of everyday policy that ploddingly creates our overall direction.
So to all who blog away, I put out this challenge.
State your opinion and point out where issues need challenging, but give me the positive outcome you want to see created.
It only takes an extra line or two to clarify and give inspiration. I am much more willing to trudge through the mundane when the end vision is clear.
Robb, Thanks for rising up to make an impact.
Have a great holiday.



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