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FCC Says 'Private Ryan' Can Stay Coarse

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FCC Says 'Private Ryan' Can Stay Coarse

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FCC Says 'Private Ryan' Can Stay Coarse

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Turns out all those swear words, employed by the fighting men in the movie Saving Private Ryan, are not indecent. ABC broadcast the Oscar-winning war movie last Veteran's Day. But scores of its local affiliates backed out of airing the movie, fearing the FCC would punish them. Now the FCC has declared that the expletives are appropriate, with outgoing chairman Michael Powell saying "the horror of war" cannot be "painted in airy pastels."

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