WASHINGTON D.C. - This morning, a federal appeals court threw out the indecency fine levied on CBS Corp. by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Ken Ferree, President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation, had the following comments:
"Perhaps it is time to read the handwriting on the wall: the guardians of our First Amendment freedoms in the courts are not going to allow the FCC to play the role of media supernanny. A free and vibrant, even if occasionally coarse, marketplace of speech is the cornerstone of a free society. We allow government to meddle in that marketplace at our peril."
The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.