Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WHEN CABLE NEWS FAILED ON YEAR’S BIGGEST STORY

June 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

CNN might have been boasting today (Friday) that it was the first to announce the Supreme Court’s decsion on Obamacare Thursday morning. It was the first, beating Fox News by eight seconds, but it also got the story spectacularly wrong. So did Fox News, which also was vying for the right to claim that it […]

HIGH COURT SIDESTEPS CONTROVERSIAL RULING ON ON-AIR INDECENCY

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out rulings by the Federal Communications Commission that fined Fox and ABC for violating federal indecency standards. But the court’s own ruling dealt not with the principal question of free speech that the FCC’s action raised but with the narrower question of whether the commission had properly notified […]

PARAMOUNT TO OFFER LATEST TRANSFORMERS MOVIE ON OWN SITE

October 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In a landmark antitrust ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1948 (United States vs. Paramount Pictures) motion picture studios were barred from owning the theaters that showed their movies. Since then, they have operated through distribution companies (most of which they own themselves) that are essentially middlemen between themselves and theater owners. A similar […]

FCC BROADENS ITS DECENCY APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT

September 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In addition to the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” case the Supreme Court may now hear the FCC’s appeals of two other decisions by appellate courts that appeared to deal a death blow to the agency’s enforcement of broadcast decency rules. On Thursday the commission filed a 54-page petitioner brief refuting the appellate courts’ rulings that […]

COURT OVERTURNS FCC INDECENCY FINE

January 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In yet another blow to conservative parents’ groups and religious organizations battling what they consider indecent content on broadcast television, a federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a $1.2 million fine that the Federal Communications Commission had imposed following ABC’s 2003 telecast of an NYPD Blue episode that included a brief shot of a woman’s […]

OHIO COURT REJECTS SATELLITE OPERATORS’ CLAIMS

December 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In a 5-2 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against satellite operators DirecTV and DISH Network, who had challenged a state sales tax that was imposed on them but not on their cable competitors. The court said that when the legislature imposed the tax in 2003 it took into consideration the differences between the […]