In the latest of a disturbingly long line of attacks against free speech protections under the First Amendment, the Trump administration has indicated that it intends to take action against late night talk show host Stephen Colbert due to a joke he made at Donald’s expense. Colbert’s barb was apparently too much for the delicate sensibilities of Trump – a man who self-righteously casts himself as a hero standing up against political correctness.
As reported by The Hill: “Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert’s controversial joke about President Trump drew the attention of the Federal Communications Commission. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai promised to ‘take the appropriate action’ following a comprehensive investigation of Colbert’s remarks.”
“We are going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we’ll take the appropriate action,” said Pai in an interview with talk radio.
Despite his invocation to the courts, Pai’s call for an investigation is troubling, and contrary to the FCC’s own established precedent. As reported by Variety: “Pai’s comments on Colbert are surprising as ‘The Late Show’ airs outside the FCC’s long-established ‘safe harbor’ time frame of 6 am to 10 pm in which the commission has the authority to police allegations of indecent and obscene material on the airwaves. They would also seem to clash with Pai’s vow to maintain a lighter regulatory environment for media overall.”
The joke, if you are curious: “The only thing [Trump’s] mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.”
Crude, yes. But not as crude as the filth that has come out of Trump’s own mouth. The good news for Colbert is that if he is investigated by the FCC, he can invoke the ironclad “locker room talk” defense.