Trial Videos May Have Reset TV Obscenity Standards

The Associated Press reports:

Repeated obscenities were shouted by members of the angry and agitated pro-Trump mob as they moved toward and inside the U.S. Capitol that day. They included a chant of “f—- the blue,” apparently directed at police officers, and other swear words including “motherf——-,” as the crowd became more confrontational and violent.

They were heard on several networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. Often, they were seen as well; the House managers printed some of the dialogue on screens so viewers were clear about the often-muffled sounds that they were hearing.

News executives who aired the language this week argued that it would be wrong to edit language being used on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Paul Levinson, a professor of media studies at Fordham University, said he believes it’s a watershed moment in broadcast standards.

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