Fox has told the Federal Communications Commission that one of its inqueries is unconstitutional, B&C reports.
Here’s what’s happened thus far: The FCC wanted Fox to supply it with a list of the stations that aired the Jan. 3 episode of "American Dad." The show included a suggestion of bestiality.
The FCC had given Fox a copy of a complaint against its Dallas station, and Fox responded with information for that market only and argued that the FCC needed to produce the complaints from other markets. The FCC responded by saying, "parties must comply with Bureau orders even if they believe them to be outside the Commission’s authority," and fined Fox $25,000.
But Fox disagrees, arguing in a written response that "The Bureau’s expansive inquiry, unmoored from specific complaints against particular stations, clearly breaks from the First Amendment and Commission policy, and the Bureau’s attempt to penalize Fox for its alleged failure to comply with the underlying LOI (letter of inquiry seeking information about a complaint) both exceeds the Bureau’s delegated authority and magnifies the constitutional defects inherent in the current approach to indecency investigations," the article says.