FCC v. Pacifica

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"Offensive words"

Facts

-Complaint on George Carlins words
- Pacifica: Carlins words are not obscene, was used as satire, warning was aired before performance for offensive words.
-FCC did not sanction Pacifica because of no obscene words.
- FCC: Carlin performace was not obscene but it was "Patently offensive"

Issue

May the FCC regulate a radio broadcast that is not obscene but contains "Patently offensive" words dealing with sex and excretion?

YES; Conservative

Opinion

-"speech may not be suppressed simply because government or society considers it to be offensive."
-Would it be illegal if Carlin's speech was political in any way?

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