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FCC Goes After Stephen Colbert Over Trump Joke, Vows ‘Appropriate Action’

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FCC Goes After Stephen Colbert Over Trump Joke, Vows ‘Appropriate Action’

Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert’s controversial joke about Donald Trump has captured the attention of the Federal Communications Commission. According to the FCC’s chief, the agency received “a number” of complaints about Colbert’s commentary earlier in the week.

Colbert on Monday unleashed a flood of insults at Trump, satirizing an interview with CBS news the president cut short the day before.

“The only thing your mouth is good at is being [Russian President] Vladimir Putin’s c—k holster,” he said of Trump.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who has become the internet’s most hated man for his plan to dismantle Net Neutrality, promised to “take the appropriate action” following a comprehensive investigation of Colbert’s remarks, according to The Hill.

“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 told Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Thursday.

“Traditionally, the agency has to decide, if it does find a violation, what the appropriate remedy should be,” he said. “A fine, of some sort, is typically what we do.”

The FCC’s response will depend on whether Colbert’s remarks are considered “obscene.” Broadcast television is governed by different rules depending on the time of day.

The FCC flags speech it considers “indecent” before 10 p.m., he told Fox Business Network, and looks for “obscene” content after that point. Colbert’s “The Late Show” airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

Colbert on Wednesday defended his joke amid fierce backlash online.

“I don’t regret that,” he said. “[Trump], I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight.”

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