Federal Communications Commission officials pointed to the complaints as evidence of a nationwide outcry against the amount of nudity and bad language on TV. Soon after the show was broadcast Janet Jackson issued a video apologising for the show, but she and Howard Stern have both recently accused the Bush administration of manipulating public opinion to try and shift the spotlight away from the ongoing political turmoil in Iraq. The two have pointed to the links between the FCC and the Bush administration. The FCC chairman, Michael Powell, is the son of US secretary of state Colin Powell.
“I truly feel in my heart that the president wanted to take the focus off himself at that time,” Jackson also told the gay magazine Genre in an interview planned for its October issue. “And I was the perfect vehicle to do so at that moment.”
A vehicle a lot of men would like to ride, we might add.