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Nor is it the NFL I love. I'll sing the national anthem anytime, anywhere, but not
for this NFL." Chasez later commented, "I did not play at the Super Bowl. I was
not even at the Super Bowl. But I'm the one who got beat at the Super Bowl."
The FCC itself began to react to the increased scrutiny by issuing a bevy of
fines against broadcasters, in addition to ruling that any use of profanity, at any
time, is a punishable offense and that any potentially offensive content, including
the sound of flatulence, would now fall under the list of forbidden content that
would net broadcasters heavy fines and/or license revocation.
In Congress, eleven Republican congressmen sponsored a resolution that asked
the FCC to revoke the license of broadcast stations that repeatedly air indecent
material. Two other congressmen introduced a bill that would permanently ban
the words "shit," "fuck," "piss," "cunt," "cocksucker," "motherfucker," and
"asshole."
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"Pop culture has been on a slippery slope for some time," said Representative
Fred Upton , one of the bills sponsors and the chair of the House's Internet and
Telecommunications Subcommittee. "This was the straw that broke the camel's
back."
Committees overseeing the FCC also introduced measures to increase the
penalty for broadcast content violations from $27,500 to $500,000, which were
later passed in the House of Representatives. Further, it broadened its definition
of who can be liable for paying FCC fines. Previously, the broadcast license holder
was the only entity fined, but under the proposed regulation revisions, fines could
also be given to station employees and performers as well.
Additionally, the Senate passed legislation creating a three-strikes policy for
broadcasters: calling for broadcast licenses to be revoked from any broadcaster
found guilty of three offenses.
Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, a long time critic of rock music who had
previously held several congressional hearings about violence, sex, and profanity
in popular music aimed at children, wrote a letter to Infinity Broadcasting, a large
radio station owner and distributor of Howard Stern 's radio show. Brownback
declared that Stern's program not only violated Infinity's internal indecency
policy, but also recent legislation he had proposed in the Senate aimed at toughen-
ing FCC standards. According to Brownback, "Any station airing programming
that has any sexual or excretory content needs to take whatever steps are neces-
sary to make sure that the programming is not even arguably indecent ."
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Brownback closed his letter with a thinly veiled threat to Infinity's broadcast
licenses by saying, "It is my understanding that [Stern's program] is not an iso-
lated incident. Are these types of broadcasts consistent with your public interest