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FCC Indecency Rules Go Back to the Drawing Board

Surely when U2 lead singer Bono unwittingly dropped the "f-bomb" before a live TV audience at the 2004 Golden Globes, he couldn't have imagined the fallout would lead all the way to a federal appeals court.

Certainly, it could easily be argued that the slip-up was inadvertent, the kind of thing anybody might say when overwhelmed or surprised. And no one who saw the broadcast--which got plenty of press coverage due to the expletive--could harbor any reasonable belief that Bono was referring to a particular physical act often associated with the forbidden word. It appeared to be an innocuous misstep.

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