- FCC (Organizations, Companies, and Products)
"One of our idiot DJs swore on air, and the FCC is literally fining us into oblivion."
The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, is a pesky thorn in the sides of Howard Stern, Eminem, Janet Jackson, and First Amendment devotees everywhere. Established in 1934, the government agency is charged with the thankless task of keeping all public airwaves (including radio and television) free from smut and indecency. The agency has come under fire of late for its huge fines and overblown reactions to incidents such as Ms. Jackson's (if you're nasty) "wardrobe malfunction" in early 2004, or (apparently) curse words on college radio. Gruesome wartime footage or self-promoted tapes from a gun-wielding sociopath, on the other hand? Perfectly fine for public consumption.
- 3.17 "Debasement Tapes"