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US Supreme Court weighs validity of broadcast TV regulation now that viewers have many choices
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Supreme Court has debated whether rules against curse words and nudity on broadcast television make sense when most of the United States 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.