Fox Simply Refuses To Pay Indecency Fine
from the or-there's-that-option... dept
With the Supreme Court already agreeing to review how the FCC determines indecency in a case involving Fox, it appears that Fox has taken a rather aggressive stance concerning a different case where it was fined: it’s simply refusing to pay the fine. The FCC originally fined Fox $1.2 million for an episode of “Married by America” that apparently included clips of a stripper with the “naughty bits” pixelated out. After Fox appealed, the fine was reduced to $91,000, covering just the affiliates where complaints were lodged (which seems pretty weak, since reports have shown that indecency complaints are usually sent in by those who didn’t even see the show in question, but were alerted to it by lobbying groups that are pushing for more regulation of TV content). Either way, Fox has simply decided not to pay the $91,000, while also asking the FCC to rethink the fine. Somehow, given Kevin Martin’s focus on indecency issues, one doubts he’ll play along with this. Perhaps Fox is just hoping that it can stall long enough for a new FCC commish to come into power.