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CBS Fined Record Amount

FCC fines CBS record amount for Janet Jackson Super Bowl show

A member of the Federal Communications Commission thinks the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" fine levied against CBS should have been higher. Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein calls the 550-thousand-dollar fine -- the largest ever against a TV broadcaster -- a "slap on the wrist."

The network was sanctioned for an incident during the Super Bowl halftime show featuring a racy duet between Jackson and singer Justin Timberlake. At the end, Timberlake ripped off a piece of Jackson's black leather top, exposing her right breast to a TV audience of about 90 million.

FCC Chairman Michael Powell said that as families gathered around the TV for one of the nation's most celebrated events, they saw a stunt that he says was "more fitting of a burlesque show."

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