EXPLAINER: Why impeachment evidence tested TV's standards
February 12, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — All the words abounded — the ones that you're not supposed to hear on broadcast television or, for that matter, in a lot of other places.
Former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial last week featured explicit language rarely heard on American airwaves, particularly during a dramatic 13-minute video presented by House managers that showed scenes from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and the enraged, violent mob that caused it.
Why was hearing that language on network television unusual? And what might it mean for the future when it comes to broadcast standards?