FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's tweet over the weekend -- dismissing the notion that the FCC would pursue action against stations that broadcast Red Sox slugger David Ortiz’s F-bomb in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing -- may be the most talked about 140-character missive ever from a government official -- or at least one that didn’t involve photos of his anatomy.
“David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today's Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston,” Genachowski tweeted.
Some viewed Genachowski’s stance as a courageous departure from nitpicky FCC regimes of the past. Others saw it as hypocritical in the wake of FCC campaigns like the infamous one against Janet Jackson’s accidental Super Bowl peep show.
All the argument, however, is likely moot as there is no evidence that any actual FCC infraction was committed. Though the expletive was broadcast on live TV, it went out over Major League Baseball Network and New England Sports Network — cable venues not bound by the purview of the FCC. And though the game was also broadcast over the radio (which is subject to FCC oversight) on the Boston radio station WEEI, the station's program director, Jason Wolfe, says Ortiz's outburst didn't make it to air.