Much ado was recently made about FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's rather ho-hum comments concerning crude jokes from The Late Show's Stephen Colbert aimed at President Donald Trump. During a radio interview, Pai said, "We have received a number of complaints, as I said, and we’ll follow the standard operating procedures, as we always do, and make sure we evaluate what the facts are and apply the law fairly and fully."
Those knowledgeable about FCC affairs will understand that the agency conducts a cursory review of all indecency complaints and probably won't do anything because what's broadcast between 10 pm and 6 am is considered to be in the "safe harbor" zone. And if the FCC wanted to send a message, the Supreme Court has ruled the FCC needs to give broadcasters better advance notice on its indecency policies.
But there's another reason why nobody should expect much action from the media regulatory agency in the coming years in the realm of indecency. Simply put, the ever diminishing agency has been shedding staff. The deep cuts may continue as the FCC on Tuesday put out its proposed budget for next year.