While the Supreme Court didn't deliver their long-awaited ruling on the Affordable Care Act yet (those be-robed attention whores are probably waiting until Monday so that we all spend the next week talking about them. God. They're the worst), they did rule on an important case today — according to the Court, the Federal Communications Commission's policy on indecency isn't necessarily unconstitutional, but the FCC was wrong to fine Fox for specific instances of swearing that occurred a decade ago. Basically, the High Court punted.
The case arose after the FCC retooled its obscenity guidelines following a string of celebrity curse words and brief nudity aired on network TV during the early aughts — Cher and Bono both dropped the F-Word and Nicole Richie said both the F-Word and the S-H word, and NYPD Blue showed a lady's butt for a second. The FCC fined the networks responsible for broadcasting such child mindfuck trash as obscene language and butts, and the networks argued that the FCC's network indecency rules were inconsistently enforced and stupid anyway since kids these days are like two keystrokes from internet porn.
The ruling, penned by Justice Ginsburg, said that while she disagreed with the court ruling that led to obscenity laws in their current state, she and her fellow Justices couldn't scrap existing FCC obscenity laws nor could they force networks to pay fines for fleeting, unpredictable swearing. Even though the ruling didn't go exactly in their favor, parent groups rejoiced, saying it gave the FCC license to enforce its obscenity laws and keep network TV salty language and tit-free during hours that precious innocent children may be watching. Networks complained that this clarifies nothing. No matter what the eventual implications of this ruling, one thing's almost certain: this won't be the last TV boobies-related case the Court hears. I wonder if they planned it this way.