Originally the final track on "Occupation: This was the bit at issue in the "FCC v. Pacifica Foundation" Supreme Court case.
He had already won a legal verdict, in an unrelated case, several years prior to the Supreme Court ruling after a judge threw out his arrest in Milwaukee for performing the comedy routine at a summer festival.
The broadcast was heard by John H. Douglas, who said he heard the words while driving with his young son in a car. Douglas complained to the FCC, and almost five years later, the case was decided by the Court, with Justice John Paul Stevens writing the majority decision after a split among the Justices.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed the decision inby a margin, with each judge writing separate opinions. Did the First Amendment deny the federal government any power to restrict the public broadcast of indecent language under any circumstances?
The FCC had the right to treat indecent speech as a nuisance, in this one instance, because the Court said that limited civil sanctions could constitutionally be invoked against a broadcast of words dealing with sex and execration.
Stevens then referenced a Court decision from and a quote from Justice George Sutherland: It also limited the First Amendment rights of broadcasters.
Justice William Brennan wrote the dissent. Inthe Court had a chance to revisit the Pacifica decision when it considered three incidents where the FCC wanted to punish Fox and ABC for what it deemed as offensive content.
Kennedy saw no need to revisit the Pacifica decision. Pacifica Foundation was wrong when it issued. I take perverse pride in that.In a radio station owned by Pacifica Foundation Broadcasting out of New York City was doing a program on contemporary attitudes toward the use of language.
This broadcast occurred on a mid-afternoon weekday. Immediately before the broadcast the station announced a disclaimer telling li.
In , a man complained to the Federal Communications Commission after listening with his son to a similar routine, "Filthy Words", from Occupation: Foole, broadcast one afternoon over WBAI, — George Carlin, Class Clown, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television".
The original seven words were, shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.
Those are the ones that will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and (laughter) maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor (laughter) um, and a bourbon. Then you have the four letter words from the old Anglo-Saxon fame.
Uh, s**t and f**k. The word s**t, uh, is an interesting kind of word in that the middle class has never really accepted it and approved it. To our knowledge, Mr. Douglas is the only person who has complained about either the program or the George Carlin monologue George Carlin is a significant social satirist of American manners and language in the tradition of Mark Twain and Mort Sahl.
Carlin, like Twain and Sahl before him, examines the language of ordinary people. When George Carlin recorded an expletive-laden minute monologue before a live John Douglas wrote that he tuned to WBAI while in his car and heard the Filthy Words routine.
The inclusion of the material broadcast in a program devoted to an analysis of the use of language in contemporary society was natural and contributed to a further.