FCC Tweet Lets Slide Ortiz F-Word

Tweet alters agency policy on fleeting expletives

In one tweet, Federal Communications Comission chairman Julius Genachowski may have single-handedly changed the agency's policy on F-words forever. Genachowski's tweet was in reaction to the fleeting expletive dropped by Red Sox hitter David Ortiz during a rousing pre-game ceremony in Fenway Park, a day after law enforcement captured the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

"This is our fucking city, and nobody's is going to dictate our freedom," Ortiz said.

Ortiz's statement prompted Genchowski to tweet:

In the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that called the current FCC broadcast indecency standards vague, the FCC recently opened up a proceeding to change its broadcast indecency policy to focus only on egregious cases. The new standard would let slide F-words like Ortiz's and the one uttered by Bono on Fox that earned the network an FCC fine. Since April, the FCC has received more than 73,000 comments on the potential policy change.