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Old 29 December 2009, 06:54 PM
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TV Larry Flynt broadcast porn on regular TV

Comment: Hello, love that site. The rumor I had heard a few years ago was
that when Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt was running for President
in the early 80s, he had bought a one hour block of airtime on TV to
promote his campaign. As this one hour block was completely free of
censorship (as he was running for office, the same for anyone else who
does so), he broadcast hardcore pornography, America wide - uninterrupted
for the duration. I want to believe this, but I'm just not certain he
could get away with it.
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Old 29 December 2009, 10:01 PM
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...As this one hour block was completely free of
censorship (as he was running for office, the same for anyone else who
does so)...
Is it even true that political ads are exempt from general FCC restrictions? I never heard such a thing.
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Old 29 December 2009, 11:08 PM
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So an hour of hardcore porn was broadcast coast to coast, not one news source picked up on it and we're only hearing about it twenty-something years later as a rumour? Hmmm. I need time to think about this.
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I gotta agree with Eddylizard, this would be hugely famous if it really happened.
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Old 30 December 2009, 04:08 AM
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Is it even possible to buy a block of time nationwide on one of the networks? I can't remember if there are many (or any) commercial spots that air nationwide at the same time. Plus, affiliates can choose to not broadcast something that's coming from the network-the local ABC affiliate used to show Oprah reruns after Nightline instead of whatever late night show was on.

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Old 30 December 2009, 04:15 AM
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Presumably, affiliates would have to provide him with the same amount of air time that they sold/gave to other candidates' campaigns.
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I gotta agree with Eddylizard, this would be hugely famous if it really happened.
Ditto.

If Larry had done this, we'd have heard about it before, during & after for years.
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Old 31 December 2009, 06:07 PM
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The closest thing I could thing of doing that may have worked was broadcasting on cable public access channels. It would be very hard if impossible to set up a simultaneous broadcast across the country. On the other hand you could broadcast porn in your time block after certain hours.
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As for whether or not political ads can be censored for any reason, I read about a law that Congress passed 30 or more years ago that prohibits deleting or bleeping out any word or scene from a political message. A presidential canidate used the term "bullsh**" on a radio ad during his campaign, but no one could bleep it out because of the new law.

Well, someone who heard that ad complained to advice columnist Ann Landers, and she thought it was a good law. She said, "I would gladly welcome a little barnyard filth in my home in order to protect the First Amendment."

However, there is also the Radio Communications Act of 1934 which prohibits any obscene language on the air.

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However, there is also the Radio Communications Act of 1934 which prohibits any obscene language on the air.

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My understanding from my media law professor back in collage and my boss at the radio station is the FCC has ruled that the broadcast station cannot be held accountable for the content of a political ad.
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