Thompson Files Another Complaint Against Stern
April 22, 2004

Coral Gables, Florida attorney Jack Thompson says he's dashed another complaint off to the FCC about Howard Stern, this one alleging that a Stern guest let the S-word fly on a recent show.  According to Broadcasting & Cable, Thompson didn't hear the broadcast in question himself. "I have been informed by a highly reliable source that Stern, clearly, intentionally aired a guest's utterance of the expletive," Thompson wrote to the FCC. "It's also apparently clear, from the context of the show, that Stern did this in order, yet again, to dare the FCC to act." 

A self-described "all purpose crusader" against adult entertainment affecting children, Thompson was the complainant who triggered the FCC's half-million dollar fine against Clear Channel.  And though he didn't hear it himself, he also filed a complaint about an utterance of the S-word on a recent 60 Minutes broadcast on CBS

Ever since the Commission ruled that Bono's Golden Globes F-bomb was both indecent and profane, it's been getting hit with a rash of complaints about isolated expletives.  Stern himself today played audio from a Fox news report where an eyewitness used the F-word twice.  "Let's see the fines flow," Stern chided. "Now the news is going to start being fined." Stern also promised to post the Fox audio on his website, so listeners could file complaints.

Stern continues to berate the Commission for what he sees as a double standard in indecency enforcement.  They've fined him twice this year (with a third reportedly on the way) but have left Oprah Winfrey alone, he says. But Chairman Michael Powell told reporters at this week's NAB convention in Las Vegas that the Commission is investigating Oprah for a broadcast that involved graphic sex talk. "I don't agree with that," Powell said about Stern's allegation. "The Commission has said nothing about Oprah Winfrey. There are people complaining about it but we'll see." However, Commission aides later admitted that a celebrity as beloved as Oprah is probably untouchable, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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