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FCC Slams Jimmy Kimmel with Six-Figure Fine for Sketch Mocking Presidential Alert System



The Federal Communications Commission announced on Thursday that ABC had been fined $395,000 for a sketch aired on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which includes tones from the Emergency Alert System.

The system is used on television and cell phones to warn people of impending emergencies, such as tornadoes or floods.

The Kimmel sketch called “The Texting,” which aired Oct. 3, 2018, included the EAS tone multiple times.

The FCC explained in a Thursday news release the use of the actual tone during non-emergencies is a “serious safety concern.”

“The FCC’s rules prohibit such broadcasting of EAS tones — including simulations of them — except during actual emergencies, authorized tests or authorized public service announcements,” the release reads.

“These rules aim to protect the integrity of the alert system by helping to avoid confusion when the tones are used, alert fatigue among listeners, and false activation of the EAS by the operative data elements contained in the alert tones.”

MarketWatch reported the same day the Kimmel sketch aired millions of phones across the country had received a presidential alert reading: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

On his program that evening, Kimmel introduced the segment saying, “The idea of letting President Trump send a text message to every American whenever he wants to may sound like a bad idea, and it is a bad idea.”

“But what do we do here in Hollywood when we have a bad idea? Make a major motion picture out of it,” he added.

The mock trailer showed bedlam erupting as people received texts from Trump.

ABC admitted to the violation in a consent decree and agreed to a compliance plan regarding appropriate use of the EAS tone going forward.

In addition to ABC, the FCC also hit AMC, Discovery’s Animal Planet and Meruelo Radio Holdings with fines for misuse of emergency signals.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” twice included EAS tones in the “Omega Episode” of its television program in February 2019.

AMC has agreed to pay a $104,000 fine.

Animal Plant’s “Lone Star Law” broadcast an episode called “Thousand Year Flood,” which include a Wireless Emergency Alert tone. The channel must pay $68,000.

Finally, Meruelo’s Los Angeles radio stations — KDAY and KDEY-FM – ran a promotion for its morning show nearly 140 times, which included the EAS tone.

The company will pay $67,000 in fines.

A version of this story appears on the Western Journal website.

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  • Notalib says:

    Kimmel, apparently you did not do your homework and a lot of companies are paying heavy fines. Typical comedian Kimmel style stunt.

  • Linda says:

    Kimmel is an idiot

  • David Zacharias says:

    The FCC should have fined them 10 times that much for being stupid.

  • John Boyd says:

    Kimmel’s show should be cancelled

  • Bobby P says:

    The origin of the name Jimmy Kimmel means ( Obtuse Cretin )

  • cecil says:

    what can you say once a Idiot away a Idiot.

  • Docky says:

    Kimmel is a dummy. Cancel th bum!

  • Steve says:

    Libtards are profoundly stupid , totally worthless to America ( or any other country ! )

  • Steve says:

    One day Kimmel might act like the mature adult that he’s supposed to be but that would be like waiting for Omar to become a Christian.

  • Bill says:

    Great job, FCC! Now yank his show (and all the other seditious scumbags who parade as “late night entertainment”)!!

    • Jon says:

      I’ll 2nd that bill, fire his ass and the rest of the scum bags that aren’t smart enough to realize President Trump is an American to the core and deserves more respect than the Muslim Odumbo. Who admitted he hated America. He set Our Country back at least 35 years and is still influencing his weak minded followers!

  • Judy Stinger says:

    Good. They should have been fined wave before now by the FCC. There is no such thing as late night comedy programs any longer. Kimmel uses his program to not only attack, bash and encourage violence against President Trump, his family, his cabinet and staff and his supporters but he also calls for the destruction of the US and all that we stand for.

  • Don says:

    What a complete dirtbag. His audience of a few hundred should be so proud. Pathetic PO💩 .

  • Dolores Herrmann says:

    Free speech should be amended to not allow degredation of our President and his family. No matter whether you like or dislike respect should be shown. This younger generation and idiots like Kimmel, who is not funny at all, have so much to learn but without a functioning brain it’s hopeless.

  • Pattie says:

    Kimmel and Bits..biggest dumbass alive.

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Fine the show to death then, shut it down

  • Guy Clericy says:

    Man! I miss Johnny Carson when I watch these, idiots, morons imbeciles would be entertainers

  • DADDY K says:

    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving ASSHOLE!! HA, HA, HA, HA, HA.

  • Dan says:

    “$395,000 ”

    The left, much like the Clinton Foundation, just considers these ‘fines’ as the cost of doing business. Of the billions raked in by the CGI , more than 90% are aimed to take down the freedoms represented by our Constitution. The 7% spent by the Clinton Foundation is money, along with US tax dollars, spent keeping the lights on at institutions like Planned parenthood and Sangers realm of “Kill the Niggers.”

  • Liz says:

    It wasn’t even remotely funny. I hope Kimmel didn’t pay a lot for that writing, because if he did he sure for ripped off.

  • Hedy says:

    Vile and disgusting, and you wonder why all this shit is happening in America. They should have fined him more.

  • Paula says:

    Kimmel is so stupid I’m sure he can’t walk and chew gum – he is very anti 2nd amendment – his show should of been cancelled years ago

  • MReeves says:

    Nothing funny about Kimball or the rest of them. Disgusting would be a better description.

  • Errol musk says:

    Good. Should have been $3 million.
    Who watches this rubbish show anyway?

  • Joe says:

    Kimmel can suck a$$!

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  • nancy says:

    The Snowflake Movie

  • Linda says:

    Kimmel is an idiot!!

  • george peters says:

    that was disgusting to watch, moreso, listening drvel lips kimmel.the fag should go back to blowing ben stein.

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