Obama's characterization in Rolling Stone

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Oct 26 03:46:17 UTC 2012

I'm sure the rules for cable channels are fewer and looser, but I
don't know what specifically.

And it's not the FAA, I suppose, but the FCC (see far below).

At 10/25/2012 09:57 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>I don't know about the rules, but I was just listening to HBO's _Real Time
>with Bill Maher_ and heard numerous "fucks" and a couple of "bullshits".
>  Earlier in the evening, I was speaking with a devoutly Christian friend,
>nearly my age, who frequently expresses himself that way to indicate only
>very slightly more emotion than usual.

Apparently obscenity continues to be more permitted to Puritans than blasphemy.


>If you're under 40 (or maybe even 50 at this point), that level of usage
>presumably sounds unremarkable in most contexts unless accompanied by
>strident intonation and wild gesticulating.  The overall contents of
>UrbanDictionary are suggestive in this regard.
>For most people, I suppose "motherfucker" still retains some shock value.
>As does "cocksucker." A distinguished lawyer friend, however, uses both
>where I would choose the now mealy-mouthed "bastard" and "son of a bitch."
>Just be thankful that British unisex "cunt" is still rare here.
>For now.
>On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 6:40 PM, David Barnhart
><dbarnhart at highlands.com>wrote:
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> > Subject:      Obama's characterization in Rolling Stone
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> > Obama is quoted in Rolling Stone and other publications as characterizing
> > Romney's campaign as that of a _bullshitter_.  As odious a term as this is
> > for me (I'm 71), in the style of Rolling Stone magazine, my son contends
> > it's appropriate.   Is the term used here as odious as say
> > _mother_(+something or other)?  The cable news media have substituted
> > _bull****ter_.  Is that necessary to comply with FAA rules about obscenity?
> >
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