Stephen Colbert FCC Complaints: Did Colbert Go After Trump Too Hard?

Stephen Colbert FCC Complaints:  Did Colbert Go After Trump Too Hard?

WASHINGTON (EON) – Right now there’s a severe overreaction to the FCC chairman’s comments about Stephen Colbert.

No, the government is not trying to muzzle one of the most famous comedians in America because he made a vulgar joke about President Trump. Colbert is not being censored.

Despite all of Friday’s social media chatter and conflicting news headlines, the FCC is doing exactly what it always does.

Following Monday’s barrage of jokes, including one that implied Trump was taking part in a sexual act with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Colbert and “The Late Show” found itself in the middle of a backlash. Trump supporters 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.

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“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.

Whatever you do, don’t call it fake news:

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.”

The Colbert “cock holster” remark would have made for an interesting legal case if it had been broadcast before 10 p.m. Since it was broadcast after 11:30, the complaints are going nowhere:

Obscene content does not have protection by the First Amendment. For content to be ruled obscene, it must meet a three-pronged test established by the Supreme Court: It must appeal to an average person’s prurient interest; depict or describe sexual conduct in a “patently offensive” way; and, taken as a whole, lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

Indecent content portrays sexual or excretory organs or activities in a way that does not meet the three-prong test for obscenity.

Profane content includes “grossly offensive” language that is considered a public nuisance…

Broadcasting obscene content is prohibited by law at all times of the day. Indecent and profane content are prohibited on broadcast TV and radio between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., when there is a reasonable risk that children may be in the audience.

 

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3 thoughts on “Stephen Colbert FCC Complaints: Did Colbert Go After Trump Too Hard?

  1. No one hates being trolled more than the trolls. You gotta love the hypocrisy of people who voted for a man that mocked the disabled getting “outraged” by a comedian. By Trumpanzee standards, Colbert’s off-color remarks qualify him to be president, but not a host of late night TV.

  2. He should be fired · Edit

    Can you image anyone saying those type things about Obama. Boy, the media would have crucified them. They would have lost their job and been run out of town. I am a Trump supporter. I voted for him. And I am tired of all this negative media smear campaign going on inside this country. Stephen Colbert has no business talking like that about the president of the Unites States. He should be fired. CBS is now on alert. You better do something about this #$%$.

  3. Donald Trump should face investigations over his self-confessed treatment of women, his corrupt business practices, his continues lies, his continued defamation of anyone who disagrees with him. The reason he isn’t in jail, is because he can pay off anyone any where. He is a person who lives on lies, vulgarity, corrupt practices and manipulation. He should be impeached.

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