The passion of Howard Stern

Interestingly Clear Channel still feels Howard is good enough to use on air as voice talent for commercials he reads. Nice…

From the moment last week when Clear Channel Communications suspended Howard Stern’s syndicated morning show from the company’s radio stations, denouncing it as “vulgar, offensive and insulting,” speculation erupted that the move had more to do with Stern’s politics than his raunchy shock-jock shtick.

Stern’s loyal listeners, Clear Channel foes and many Bush administration critics immediately reached the same conclusion: The notorious jock was yanked off the air because he had recently begun trashing Bush, and Bush-friendly Clear Channel used the guise of “indecency” to shut him up. That the content of Stern’s crude show hadn’t suddenly changed, but his stance on Bush had, gave the theory more heft. That, plus his being pulled off the air in key electoral swing states such as Florida and Pennsylvania.

This week, Stern himself went on the warpath, weaving in among his familiar monologues about breasts and porn actresses accusations that Texas-based Clear Channel — whose Republican CEO, Lowry Mays, is extremely close to both George W. Bush and Bush’s father — canned him because he deviated from the company’s pro-Bush line. “I gotta tell you something,” Stern told his listeners. “There’s a lot of people saying that the second that I started saying, ‘I think we gotta get Bush out of the presidency,’ that’s when Clear Channel banged my ass outta here. Then I find out that Clear Channel is such a big contributor to President Bush, and in bed with the whole Bush administration, I’m going, ‘Maybe that’s why I was thrown off: because I don’t like the way the country is leaning too much to the religious right.’ And then, bam! Let’s get rid of Stern. I used to think, ‘Oh, I can’t believe that.’ But that’s it! That’s what’s going on here! I know it! I know it!”

Stern’s been relentless all week, detailing the close ties between Clear Channel executives and the Bush administration, and insisting that political speech, not indecency, got him in trouble with the San Antonio broadcasting giant. If he hadn’t turned against Bush, Stern told his listeners, he’d still be heard on Clear Channel stations.

[Salon.com]

2 comments for “The passion of Howard Stern

  1. Chris Mink
    7/1/2004 at 11:54 pm

    All can say about H. Stern is why is he allowed to remain on the air ? I used to listen to WYSP
    and now I just avoid it.

    Stern should go back in the dark hole from which he came and take his smart ass attitude and toilet humor with.

    Who needs it. Simply put, can his sorry good for nothing ass and take him off the air.

    I am sick of this kind of public disrespect and stupidity !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 7/2/2004 at 1:34 pm

    Like him or not, at this point he’s become the target of a politically motivated war against free speech. Since we are allowed to have more than one station on the air, you can choose as you do to listen to something else.

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