[Vision2020] IS THIS TRUE ? ! ? !

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Wed Jan 10 15:18:36 PST 2018

If enough KRFP supporters protested this radio show, or even if the
management alone thought the show content not worthy of airing, it might be
within KRFP's legal right to not air the show.  They might face some kind
of backlash... I'm not sure.

KRFP not does not have to broadcast the whims of every Tom, Dick or Jane
who wants air time to promote their agenda, under the banner of "freedom of

They have discretion to determine content, to some extent,
Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 3:09 PM, Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com> wrote:

> Nobody is denying “Redneck Nation” their freedom of speech.
> I am simply suggesting that I strongly disagree with the them.
> If KRFP wants to keep them aboard, that’s their right.  There are other
> radio stations.
> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
> "Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
> http://www.MoscowCares.com <http://www.moscowcares.com/>
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
> On Jan 10, 2018, at 3:01 PM, Ted Moffett <starbliss at gmail.com> wrote:
> Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett
> ---------------------------------------
> KRFP it can be argued operates in a "public" space entirely, though the
> law on this issue may be more complicated than I am implying.. The station
> is FCC licensed and regulated, using the public airwaves. It is not a
> privately owned FCC licensed for profit radio station.
> The following is from the FCC website:
> https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/fcc-and-freedom-speech
> The FCC and Freedom of Speech
> The Federal Communications Commission receives numerous complaints that
> television and/or radio networks, stations or their employees or guests
> have broadcast extreme, incorrect or somehow improper political, economic
> or social statements.
> In some cases, the complaints allege that certain broadcast statements may
> endanger the United States or its people, or threaten our form of
> government, our economic system or established institutions like family or
> marriage. They say these statements are “un-American” and an abuse of
> freedom of speech. The FCC also receives complaints that some broadcast
> statements criticize, ridicule, “stereotype” or demean individuals or
> groups because of the religion, race, nationality, gender or other
> characteristics of the group or individual. Finally, many consumers
> complain that television or radio broadcasts are obscene, indecent, profane
> or otherwise offensive.
> What is the FCC’s Responsibility?
> The FCC is barred by law from trying to prevent the broadcast of any point
> of view. The Communications Act prohibits the FCC from censoring broadcast
> material, in most cases, and from making any regulation that would
> interfere with freedom of speech. Expressions of views that do not involve
> a “clear and present danger of serious, substantive evil” come under the
> protection of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and
> freedom of the press and prevents suppression of these expressions by the
> FCC. According to an FCC opinion on this subject, “the public interest is
> best served by permitting free expression of views.” This principle ensures
> that the most diverse and opposing opinions will be expressed, even though
> some may be highly offensive.
> The FCC, however, does have enforcement responsibilities in certain
> limited instances. For example, the Courts have said that *indecent
> material* is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution and
> cannot be banned entirely. It may be restricted, however, in order to avoid
> its broadcast when there is a reasonable risk that children may be in the
> audience. Between 6 A.M. and 10 P.M. (when there is the greatest likelihood
> that children may be watching,) airing indecent material is prohibited by
> FCC rules. Broadcasters are required to schedule their programming
> accordingly or face enforcement action. Similarly, the Commission has
> stated that *profane material* is prohibited between 6 A.M. and 10 P.M.
> Finally, the courts have ruled that *obscene material* is not protected
> by the First Amendment and cannot be broadcast at any time. For more
> information about these rules, see our consumer guide
> <https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/obscene-indecent-and-profane-broadcasts>
> .
> What Are the Broadcasters’ Responsibilities?
> Individual radio and television station licensees are responsible for
> selecting all broadcast matter and for determining how their stations can
> best serve their communities. Broadcast licensees are responsible for
> choosing both the entertainment programming and the programming concerning
> local issues, news, public affairs, religion, sports and other subjects to
> be aired by the station. They also decide how their programs, including
> call-in shows, will be conducted and whether or not to edit or reschedule
> programs or material (for example, moving a program to a time slot during
> which children may not be listening or watching).
> What If I Have a Comment and/or Concern About a Specific Broadcast or
> Statement?
> If you consider a broadcast obscene, indecent, or profane, you can file a
> complaint with the FCC.
> Print Out
> FCC and Freedom of Speech Guide
> <https://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/freespeech.pdf> (pdf)
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