Liberals Lose: FCC Rules That ‘Redskins’ Isn’t Profanity

Left-wing pushers of political correctness have been trying to find any legal thread to force the NFL’s Washington DC-based football team to stop using the name “Redskins,” a word that activists claim is “racist.” The left’s most recent attempt was to get the FCC to rule that “Redskins” was “profane” and so cannot be used on the air because it breaks profanity rules. But the FCC just ruled against the liberal’s effort to redefine the team name as a profanity.

Last week the FCC ruled against the liberal activist’s claims that “Redskins” was a profanity or was obscene saying that obscenity must “depict or describe sexual conduct.” The agency said that its definition of profanity is limited to “words that are sexual or excretory in nature.”

In a formal ruling, the commission rejected calls to yank the broadcast license of a radio station owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for excessively using the team’s name, which some find offensive.

George Washington University professor John Banzhaf filed a petition in September opposing the license renewal of the D.C. station, WWXX-FM.

The FCC can prohibit the use of profane or obscene language, but the team’s name does not fit the definition of either category, according to the FCC’s Media Bureau, which handled the case.

One has to be shocked that any agency run by the Obama administration would come to such a sensible conclusion. So, good for the FCC for properly understanding that the word “Redskins” is not a “profanity.”

Finally, notice how this lunacy came from yet another far left-wing professor, here? Does anything good come out of our fetid universities?

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  • GarandFan

    Makes you wonder, once again, what the ‘educational requirements’ are to be a ‘professor’.

    If ‘truth in advertising’ were applied to educational institutions, many would have to wear the appellation of Professor of Extraneous Bull Shit.

    Or would that be obscene?

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Not as obscene as the Bull Shit he crams down his students’ throats.

    • jim_m

      The requirements are that they be credentialed, not that they be competent.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Just another example oh how willing the left can be to pervert the rules in order to silence those that they disagree with.

    Good thing they only do it for our own good.

  • Paul Hooson

    Well, thank God! I rest easier about my ethnic housefire jokes now!

  • Nighthawk

    The crazy libs can’t recognize the irony of referring to Native Americans as profane.

  • JWH

    If they had just argued that calling the Skins a “football team” was false advertising, they might have won.

    • jim_m

      Nah. The Skins would have just pointed at the Bears and claimed that things could be worse.

      • JWH

        Hmm … obscenity includes references to excretion. Would the Skins on-field play qualify?

  • Joe_Miller

    This is one of the dumbest arguments in my memory. No one would ever name a team an insulting name. That’s why arguments about naming a team the Ni**ers or Chinks don’t work. And if you could give a team one of those names and have people proudly shouting and rooting them on, what insulted group would turn that down?

    • jim_m

      Actually, Pekin high school in Illinois had its teams called the “Chinks” (get it? Pekin chinks! Like Peking, China! Funny right?). They changed in 1980. But the point is that back in the day it was acceptable.

      But the truth remains that no one really uses “redskin” as a derogatory word today so there is no comparison between the two instances.

  • erneba

    The “Redskins” name may not be profanity, but the way they have playing could be classified as such.