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FCC Looks Like a Boob in Malfunction Case

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After all the hubbub following the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, in which Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson had a "wardrobe malfunction," and Jackson's breast was exposed for a nanosecond, the $550,000 fine has been thrown out. Per the WSJ: "The ruling by the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest rebuke to the Federal Communications Commission's stepped-up campaign to police content on the airwaves...Finding that Ms. Jackson's nudity was graphic, explicit and shocking, the commission fined CBS after deciding that the network didn't take reasonable precautions to keep indecent material off the air." Basically, there's always been some sort of allowance when it come to live TV, and the court said the FCC acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" when it fined CBS. We don't think a half-second of a breast is all that "graphic, explicit" or "shocking" either. [WSJ]