What happens when two well-known personalities -- one a Trump-bashing late night host and the other an NHL superstar-- utter insults that are often construed as homophobic slurs? The answer, apparently, is that one earns the praise of liberals while the other earns a heavy fine and a time-out in the journalistic sin bin.

On Tuesday the FCC announced that no actions will be taken against Stephen Colbert, who quipped during his May 1 opening monolog that the only thing Donald Trump's mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin's "c--k holster."

Even though the FCC received thousands of complaints about Colbert's crude remarks, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau concluded that disrespecting a democratically-elected U.S.

president with an allegedly homophobic slur on live television in front of millions of men, women and children is like wearing white after Labor Day-- although it may have been a no-no in the past, it's par for the course in modern times.

And then there's Ryan Getzlaf, the gritty captain of the Anaheim Ducks, who, in the heat of battle, called a referee a "c--ksucker" during Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference finals last Thursday.

Although Getzlaf's remark was heard only by others on the ice, and not broadcast to millions of unsuspecting television viewers, he was punished with a $10,000 fine— the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Of course, Colin Campbell, as the league's chief disciplinarian, had every right to take action.

He called Getzlaf's remark "unacceptable" and laid down the law as he saw fit.

And they say Trump's communications team can't get its story straight

Nonetheless, liberal journalists in their infinite hypocrisy began to cry louder than Hillary Clinton on election night.

On Tuesday, the very same day the FCC decided to take no action against Colbert for his "c--k holster" insult, Noah Michelson of the Huffington Post took umbrage with Getzlaf's usage of a similar word that is far more common in the North American vernacular (although a lot less creative).

"Just when it seemed like the response to National Hockey League star Ryan Getzlaf’s use of a homophobic and sexist slur couldn’t get any more disappointing, it just got more disappointing," penned the columnist for HuffPo, which, as we all know, is an industry leader in sports coverage.

I'm joking, of course. The Huffington Post covers sports as well as a wet Band-Aid covers a stab wound.

Noah Michelson, who insisted that Getzlaf got off too easily, was greatly dismayed by the hockey star's apology: "Even worse, Getzlaf offered what has been called 'the worst non-apology for a slur in sports history'... Now, one fan is attempting to reward Getzlaf for his indefensible comment by raising money in his honor."

Now, the truly funny thing about Noah's inane article (besides the fact that any publisher was desperate enough to run it) is that the HuffPo contributor would have you believe that just about everyone in the sports world views Getzlaf's apology as 'the worst non-apology for a slur in sports history'. This is laughably absurd because Noah Mickelson-- who probably couldn't tell the difference between a Canuck and a Maple Leaf at ten yards-- linked that phrase to (drum roll, please) a Huffington Post article by Cyd Zeigler.

In other words, there are only two people calling Getzlaf's apology the worst non-apology in sports history, and they both work for The Huffington Post.

But that's not the most absurd part of the story. Yes, I know that's hard to believe, but I assure you it gets better.

After Colbert made his now-famous "c--k holster" remark, scads of HuffPo writers put down their their quinoa smoothies and soy lattes to write about it, and not a single one called Colbert's remark "indefensible". Instead, they lavished praise upon the late night host.

HuffPo's Ed Mazza referred to Colbert's controversial opening monologue as an "epic smackdown" on May 2, a "full minute of rapid-fire insults aimed at the BLOTUS." Mazza posted a link to the video, urging everyone to check it out.

"Just make sure the kids aren’t around," he concluded.

What's indefensible to the goose is comedy genius to the gander

The tale of two homophobic slurs has a moral, and it is this: In the hearts and minds of modern-day liberals, a homophobic slur is only a slur when the person doing the slurring isn't a beloved cultural icon of the American left.

Make no mistake about it. The left doesn't give a mouse's fart in the wind about homophobia. Not when they refer to "c--ksucker" as indefensible in one breath and "c--k holster" as comedy gold in the next.