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|Although not regulated by the FCC, basic cable news channels generally adhere to the same language standards as their broadcast counterparts, with occasional exceptions. Current TV's The Young Turks made such an exception Tuesday night, airing uncensored audio of the 911 call that many are convinced features George Zimmerman muttering "f**king c**ns" minutes before he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. The Young Turks" Cenk Uygur explained the decision to Mediaite.
Uygur stablemate Keith Olbermann has already flouted traditional broadcast standards a number of times, but in a very different way, moving "a**hole" into the rotation of things he called people in his now-defunct "Worst Persons" segment. Call it one of the advantages of being on an upstart network.
But in this case, the airing of the clearly audible expletive "f*cking" was in service to a more noble goal.