Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, May 5, 2017

FCC To Investigate Stephen Colbert's Trump/Putin Comments

The FCC will investigate Stephen Colbert's joke about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, delivered May 1st on his late-night talk show. It airs at 11:35 EDT. The FCC Chair, Ajit Pai, said the standard the FCC will apply is "obscenity," (as laid out in Miller v. California), because Mr. Colbert's show airs after the 10 p.m. watershed period. Mr. Pai said the agency had received complaints about Mr. Colbert's language.  More about obscene and indecent language from the FCC website here.

More here at The Hill,  here at Slate.

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