Is there selective enforcement of FCC rules?
The Howard Stern website lists other daytime shows, the station and its owners, and the offense that have clear FCC violations but have yet to be fined by the FCC:
“Mary J. Blige 60 Minutes CBS Network Viacom The “S” Word
Good Day New York full story Good Day New York WNYM The “F” Word
Ryan Seacrest KIIS – Los Angeles Clear Channel The “F” Word
Oprah Winfrey Show Syndicated Harpo Sex talk (graphic)
Regular Guys WKLS – Atlanta Clear Channel Graphic Description Of Sex
Elliot In The Morning WWDC – Washington Clear Channel Graphic Description Of Sex
American Idol/Simon Cowell Fox Network Fox Flips His Middle Finger”
Let’s look at the Oprah violation. This is an excerpt from the Howard Stern website:
“Oprah: Lets talk about that secret language Michelle.
Oprah: I didn’t know any of this
Michelle: I have yea, I have gotten a whole new vocabulary let me tell ya
Oprah: I did not know any of this
Michelle: Salad tossing, cucumbers, lettuce tomatoes ok
Oprah: ok so so what is a salad toss?
Michelle: ok a tossed salad is, get ready hold on to your underwear for this one, oral anal sex, So oral sex with the anus is what that would be.
Michelle: a rainbow party is an oral sex party it’s a gathering where oral sex is performed and rainbow comes from all of the girls put on lipstick and each one puts her mouth around the penis of the gentleman or gentlemen who are there to receive favors and makes a mark um in a different place on the penis hence the term rainbow…”
According to the Smoking Gun website, the FCC has received 1600 complaints. Howard Stern has been actively encouraging people to write to the FCC (you can find how to complain by visiting the Howard Stern website). The complaints seem to take one of two forms:
“I have just returned with my 3 year old twins from Bible Day Camp when I turned on the [Oprah] show… Tell me, Mr. Powell… how would you explain the concept of a ‘tossed salad’ to your kids?”
“mr power [sic] i recently watched an episode of the oprah winfrey show where she graphically explained to her audience how to lick someones asshole and use different shades of lipstick to create a rainbow around an erect penis. i was wondering if you watched this program so that you could apply better techniques to george w and mr cheney…”
They have not fined Oprah. They have not fined Ryan Seacrest or 60 minutes. Looking at Oprah’s transcript, it is obvious that Oprah is not being held to the same standards as Howard Stern. Until they fine Oprah, I think Stern is right for saying that there is selective enforcement of FCC rules.