'Fleeting Expletives' Are Fair Game. Now What? An appeals court ruled recently that the FCC couldn't fine the Fox network for indecency for broadcasting a "fleeting expletive" during an awards show. What does the ruling mean — and what qualifies as a "fleeting expletive" these days, anyway?
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'Fleeting Expletives' Are Fair Game. Now What?

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'Fleeting Expletives' Are Fair Game. Now What?

'Fleeting Expletives' Are Fair Game. Now What?

'Fleeting Expletives' Are Fair Game. Now What?

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An appeals court ruled recently that the FCC couldn't fine the Fox network for indecency for broadcasting a "fleeting expletive" during an awards show. What does the ruling mean — and what qualifies as a "fleeting expletive" these days, anyway?