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Friday, July 28, 2006


"[It's] important for public broadcasting not to just roll over, but to be very clear that in order to tell some stories, we may need to use language that, at the moment, the FCC is not sure that they feel is appropriate for broadcast television."

-PBS President Paula Kerger, declaring the network's determination to air Ken Burns's WWII documentary uncensored, even if it means our children might be exposed to the horrible sight of old people cursing.

Of course, the FCC, and those in power currently appointing them, have all kinds of reasons for blocking out the profanity of war these days.

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