You Can’t Say That In A Press Release!

Originally published at Tech Daily Dose

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is upset that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed the right of entertainers Cher and Nicole Ritchie to use the swear words “f—” and “s—” on broadcast television — but not so upset that Martin refused to use the words himself, repeatedly, in chastising the court.

In a statement issued via e-mail, Martin used the f-word three times and the s-word twice. One example: “I find it hard to believe that the New York court would tell American families that ‘s—‘ and ‘f—‘ are fine to say on broadcast television during the hours when children are most likely to be in the audience.”

Using the words once to explain the ruling might be necessary (though readers certainly can get the point from hyphens as inserted in this blog entry). But repeating them multiple times is overkill. I wonder what Martin will think if broadcasters read his statement on the air this evening in reporting the court’s ruling and the reaction.