Monday, March 01, 2004
Stern turns on Bush; Gets taken off the air by Clear Channel
Stern: Bush Behind Effort to 'Fire' Him
Radio shock jock Howard Stern, suspended from his program by mega-network Clear Channel, says he fears the recent action is really a firing, not a time out.
And he's blaming President Bush for it.
"I might be taken off all the stations very soon, and my last words to you are 'G.W.B.'," Stern railed to his listeners, according to a report by John Mainelli of the New York Post.
"Get him out of office. I'm tellin' you, man, he's in dangerous territory [with] a religious agenda and you gotta vote him out. Anyone but Bush," Stern complained.
Stern had his program yanked from six Clear Channel stations until, company execs say, "we are assured that his show will conform to acceptable standards of responsible broadcasting." But Stern says he believes his hiatus will become permanent.
Stern played a segment of Clear Channel's CEO testifying before a congressional indecency hearing on Thursday, then declared, "It doesn't sound like I'm going to be asked back."
Meanwhile John Hogan fired Florida's "Bubba the Love Sponge" on the eve of those hearings, declaring, "The Bubbas of the world and the Howard Sterns of the world are the exception rather than the rule, and they will no longer have a platform on our stations."
He added he was "ashamed" of both programs.
Stern complained he couldn't reach anyone at Clear Channel to find out the status of his employment.
"I don't even know what's going on [with Clear Channel]. They haven't called us. We've put in a couple of calls to them," he said.
-- More from News max
What do you think, was Bush behind this effort? I don't think it was Bush but I do think it was a combination of things.
-Of coarse, now everyone is freaked out about boobies because of Janet Jackson and her ... Whatever you like to call it. I got news for you America, there are lots of boobs out there. About 6 billion of them. Get over it and change the channel. Really, I hear these parents talking about how their kids were watching and how that was so inappropriate. I dare one of them to walk down the hall at their kids school. I will tell you what, a glimpse of a boob is nothing, compared to what you would hear walking down the hall of public schools today.
-Stern did turn on Bush. A few days before he was fired, Stern endorsed Kerry. And now as you just read he is REALLY angry at the administration. I don't think Bush said "get him off air" and it happened, but Clear Channel happens to be big supporters of Bush. So I bet someone high up was not just tired of all the sex talk (which is all his show is about) but tired of the Bush bashing.
As long as you can change the channel... We don't need this kind of censorship.