Applying the same standards to Bill Maher that Trump’s FCC head Ajit Pai is applying to Stephen Colbert, the famed late night host could find himself the target of a federal inquiry.
Colbert is under federal scrutiny and facing a possible fine on account of some relatively obscene anti-Trump comments that he made recently, saying that the “only thing” that Donald Trump’s mouth is “good for” is to be Vladimir Putin’s “c— holster.”
There are at least two ways to look at this issue. For one, it’s a curious case of picking and choosing where one applies the law for the Trump administration to vigorously enforce regulations about what can be said on television while ignoring the obvious illegal nature of other actions that they themselves are undertaking. (Think, the Muslim ban.)
On the other hand, perhaps Colbert and Maher really did go too far. The government really has no place to make that determination, however.
Maher’s “joke” prompting a round of scrutiny similar to that which Colbert faced was a comment that perhaps Ivanka Trump is using incest to get her father to listen to her wishes.
As Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast points out, this is far from the first time that Maher has shown himself to be “problematic.” For instance, besides the fact that he often expresses a bizarre Islamophobia, he also repeatedly calls Sarah Palin a “bimbo,” among other issues.
It remains to be seen if the outrage over Maher’s latest comments culminates in an FCC investigation as it did in Colbert’s case. The possibility isn’t that far fetched, with CNN’s Brian Stelter noting that the FCC isn’t, in his estimation, even doing anything “unusual” in Colbert’s case.