10 Fourth Estate Follies

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1. Nipplegate

The Super Bowl halftime interlude that prompted the Federal Communications Commission to recommend a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS drew a tough response from Viacom, which said the fine was unwarranted since Janet Jackson's breast appeared for only 9/16 of a second.

2. Chasing Howard Stern

The FCC's pursuit of Howard Stern helped spur the unrepentant shock jock to leave the free airwaves for a new home on Sirius Satellite Radio.

3. Fox forks it over

The FCC also set its sights on Fox TV by levying more than $1 million in fines against Fox stations over an episode of reality series "Married by America" that featured topless dancers.

4. Fake, but accurate

Veteran CBS anchor Dan Rather took a serious hit to his reputation for running with phony documents disparaging George W. Bush's military service.

5. Sinclair bashes Kerry

Sinclair Broadcasting said it made lemonade out of lemons with its controversial program "POW Story: Politics, Pressure & the Media." Though Sinclair faced criticism, and possible FCC scrutiny, over the show that was critical of John Kerry, the TV company said the show was very profitable.

6. VP Dick Gephardt

The New York Post in a front-page scoop reported John Kerry's running mate would be ... Richard Gephardt.

7. Kelley plagiarism

Veteran foreign correspondent Jack Kelley resigned from USA Today amid charges of plagiarism and fabricating facts.

8. J.D. runs from Duff

Fearing the attention of underage readers, Jack Daniel's whiskey abandoned the October issue of Blender with cover shot of teen star Hilary Duff.

9. The Scot who went up a mountain

U.K. hiking magazine Trail published a route that omitted information about how to get down from Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain. Readers who followed the published directions would have fallen off a cliff.

10. Dinner roll surprise

The April issue of Southern Living featured a recipe for dinner rolls that resulted in injuries to several people. The recipe called for boiling a mixture of water and shortening for five minutes, but hot grease tended to explode before that time limit was reached. The Time Inc. magazine was pulled off newsstands and the recipe revised.

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