Following Monday’s despicable barrage of jokes, including one that called Trump a “c*ck holster” for Vladimir Putin, Colbert and “The Late Show” found itself in the middle of a backlash. Viewers felt he had crossed the line, and others said the joke was homophobic.
On Thursday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was asked on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT if Colbert’s comments violated FCC decency rules.
“I have had a chance to see the clip now and so, as we get complaints, and we’ve gotten a number of them, 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,” Pai said.
An FCC spokesman further conveyed this point to CNNMoney: “We review all consumer complaints as a matter of standard practice and rely on the law to determine whether action is warranted. The fact that a complaint is reviewed doesn’t speak one way or another as to whether it has any merit.”
On Wednesday night’s show, Colbert responded to the controversy by saying he didn’t regret the jokes.
“He, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight,” the host said of the President.
Pure garbage… If you still had any doubts that journalism is dead, Stephen Colbert and CBS put all of those doubts to rest.