Worried about FCC reaction, PBS is taking the words out of the mouths of some soldiers filmed during combat in Iraq.
The public broadcaster is distributing "clean" and "raw" versions of Tuesday's Frontline documentary about the Iraq war, titled A Company of Soldiers, and is warning it can't ensure member stations against FCC fines stemming from the language.
It's an example of the television industry's continued uncertainty about Federal Communications Commission standards for language and content, and a real-life echo of last fall's decision by 66 ABC affiliates not to air the movie Saving Private Ryan.
The documentary contains 13 expletives spoken by soldiers. Frontline producers decided to leave them in because it presented a true picture of how these men and women react to the fear and stress of war, said David Fanning, the show's executive producer.
...PBS decided to send the clean version out to all of its stations.
From PBS edits language in war documentary in today's Baltimore Sun.
I'm considering suing PBS for being lame, but I'm sure it will be just as good without the expletives.