Cbs Pays Fine For "Nipplegate"
CBS on Friday paid a $550,000 fine for its airing of the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" incident at the 2004 Super Bowl and simultaneously asked a federal court to overturn the fine. The network noted that it had been the fine for a "procedural reason" since the appeals court requires the fine to be paid before it can hear the network's petition. "Payment does not mean that CBS in any way is admitting to a violation of the FCC's indecency rules," the network said. In response, the FCC said, "CBS' continued insistence that the halftime show was not indecent demonstrates that it is out of touch with the American people. Millions of parents, as well as Congress, understand what CBS does not: Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction' was indeed indecent."