The Obama administration has dropped efforts to collect a $28,000 fine from Fox Television Stations for a 2003 reality TV episode that featured pixilated images of strippers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The action was in response to a Supreme Court ruling in June that tossed out some FCC indecency sanctions. Fox balked at fines imposed against 4 network-owned stations for the segment of Married By America that showed blurred images from bachelor and bachelorette parties. Several Fox affiliates did pay the fines. The FCC’s original fine was for a total of $1.2 million from 169 Fox stations. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski pointed to the Supreme Court’s decision and said the agency is focusing on the “strongest cases that involve egregious indecency violations”.
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