WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has debated whether rules against curse words and nudity on broadcast television make sense when most of America has cable television.
The justices engaged in colorful give-and-take Tuesday with lawyers for the government and television networks over government regulation of the airwaves during hours when children are likely to be watching.
Some justices said they were troubled by inconsistent standards that allowed certain words and displays in some contexts, but not in others. Others seemed more open to maintaining the current rules because they allow parents to put their children in front of the television without having to worry they will be bombarded by vulgarity.
At least one justice, Samuel Alito, said it won't be long before broadcast TV goes the way of "vinyl records and 8-track tapes," suggesting that time will take care of the dispute.