The Media “Indecency” Wars Heat Up

A Florida radio host is fired and his station might be fined $750,000 for “indecent” programming. Howard Stern’s show is pulled off the air by six Clear Channel stations. “Cultural conservatives have cheered the moves. But the Stern suspension arrived with little cost to Clear Channel: The often-raunchy show was being carried on just six of its 1,200 radio stations, all in mid-level markets. And some observers say the San Antonio, Texas, company’s moves are politically driven, in direct response to the anti-indecency rhetoric streaming from public officials.”