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Only in sue happy America...

Word withers activist's ear


Danny Hooley, Staff Writer
Carolina Hurricanes player Ray Whitney's potty mouth may cost NBC affiliates in the west big bucks, if the Family Policy Network gets its way.
Joe Glover, the president of the Virginia-based conservative Christian group, said Thursday that he plans to put out an alert for viewers in Pacific and Mountain time zones, who would have heard Whitney loudly exclaim a four-letter expletive during a celebratory postgame moment after the Canes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 Monday for the Stanley Cup.

"It was a deliberate action for them to put a live mike in front of hockey players after a Stanley Cup final," Glover said. "That's just ludicrous to think that children aren't watching. That's deliberate negligence on the part of NBC, and we intend to make them pay a price for it." Glover said that NBC should have used a five-second delay.

Glover noted that the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act signed by President Bush on June 15 could make the lesson a painful one. Under the new rules, the Federal Communications Commission can now fine broadcasters up to $325,000 for every violation of decency. That's up from a previous maximum fine of $32,500 per incident.

Glover said the reason he wants to single out stations in Western time zones is that stations on Eastern time would be safe from FCC fines. Whitney dropped the bomb at 11:10 p.m., an hour and 10 minutes after mandated family viewing time.

Glover said he saw the incident live. He lives in Virginia and is in Washington for meetings on the proposed Marriage Protection Amendment.

He said he hasn't heard any unprompted complaints from the Western United States so far, but that "we're not going to have any problem finding anybody."

He also said he hasn't contacted NBC about the incident.

"It doesn't work that way," he said. "Why should we [call NBC] when NBC has proven they can't self-police?"

Representatives at NBC's Los Angeles flagship KNBC could not be reached to speak on the record Thursday.
 

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Should know better than to run an open mic on the ice during a championship celebration.

But then again - the groups that get all twisted about this really need to relax. Jesus isn't going to smite you for saying the word FUCK.
 

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I heard it. I thought the players knew that the speaker was on, so it was unexpected when Whitney yelled it out... so loud and clear.:eek:

He picked up the Cup and was like "F***ING RIGHT"! :eek:
 
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