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Clear Channel silences Howard Stern for trashing Bush

March 4, 2004 12:16 PM

This is a big deal. Howard Stern is trashing Clear Channel saying they dropped him as soon as he started speaking out against Bush. His audience is getting exposed to the perils of media consolidation and the commercialization of news. And you can bet the vast majority of that audience never thought about it before.

I gotta tell you something. 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!"

He was canned three days after announcing he had just read Al Franken's book:

If you read this book, you will never vote for George W. Bush. I think this guy is a religious fanatic and a Jesus freak, and he is just hell-bent on getting some sort of bizzaro agenda through -- like a country-club agenda -- so that his father will finally be proud of him ... I don't know much about Kerry, but I think I'm one of those "Anybody but Bush" guys now. I don't think G.W. is going to win. What do you think about that?

The Clear Channel official line is they dropped him due to new concerns about "indecency" following Janet and Justin's Super Bowl stunt.

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The administrators of Clear Channel would whore out their mother if they thought it would make money. Problem is with all the backlash from the Super Bowl, ADVERTISERS, (you know, the guys that pay the bills) took stock of the show that they where supporting and realized their commercials where being grouped with "Girls Gone Wild" adds and the next episode of "Lord of the Anal Rings". Besides that how can Howard Stern claim he "pushes" the limits if he isn't occasionally slapped back. Getting yanked probably helped his raings in other markets.

If Howard Stern's plan is to take his show based on sex and turn it into one based on political commentary he would lose listeners faster then Kerry can flip on an issue.

Fri Mar 5 2004 6:42 AM

Independent and PROUD:

"If Howard Stern's plan is to take his show based on sex and turn it into one based on political commentary he would lose listeners faster then Kerry can flip on an issue.

The problem with that theory is that Clear Channel is pulling the plug on him, so it is unlikely that there will be any show based on anything. The reason he is turning his show to political topics is because he is being thrown off the air for...political reasons. I listen to a lot of radio, I do not listen to Howard Stern (I don't really like his topics, but it is my choice to turn the dial, THE WAY IT SHOULD BE!) and I can tell you that Clear channel has WAY too much power. Even before the war started these media Nazis turned a very entertaining and diverse media source into a big YAAAAAWWWNNNNNN. Then we went to war. Their new agenda became obvious. Since the beginning of the Iraq war they have stifled and silenced anyone who has not conformed to a pro Bush, pro war dialogue (not saying I am anti war, that's not the point, it's just my observation). My point is, this company formats everything from what songs to play to how the hosts should think. When a few DJs and talk radio hosts expressed their own controversial opinions and feelings about the war, and the Bush people, they found themselves searching for a new job (believe it or not Howard is not the first).

More and more people are realizing that our media is being manipulated and coerced into conforming to the "corporate" agenda, who is a substantial contributor to a political party...who also has an agenda. The scary thing in this case is that this corporation is a MEDIA company! You know, the people who are supposed to bring us news and give us political commentary. This is very dangerous for a so-called "free country". I hope Howard becomes political about this. More people in the media need to make America aware of this issue.

Tue Mar 16 2004 7:57 PM


Howard got pulled by Clear Channel in 6 cities, a couple of them I hadn't even heard of before. Whoa, how will modern radio survive?

"Since the beginning of the Iraq war they have stifled and silenced anyone who has not conformed to a pro Bush, pro war dialogue"

Don't listen to much radio, TV, or read newspapers do you? How is it that Barbra Streisand, Martin Sheen, Jessica Lange, Spike Lee, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Martin Scorsese, Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Ossie Davis, Robert Altman,Edward Norton, Tyne Daly, Danny Glover, Rob Reiner, Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Mike Farrell, Janeane Garofalo, Woody Harrelson and Rosario Dawson are walking arond free as birds with all the might the federal government can bear trying to put them in a cell?

Thu Mar 18 2004 11:47 AM

Jim Gilliam:

It's not about putting high profile dissenters in jail. It's about penalizing and attacking them in the hopes of discouraging others from speaking out. It's like with the outing of Joe Wilson's wife. It wasn't so much about punishing Wilson and his wife, as it was to send a very clear message to other potential whistle blowers.

Thu Mar 18 2004 12:19 PM


howard stern is right about the clear channel and politics, it's not the indecency they are going after, it's all politics
yesterday march 23rd between 9:30pm-10:00pm, a comcast channel, CNN was censored, right when they were going to talk about clear channel issue.
I actually wanted to hear what media had to say about this issue, but right after commercials instead of cnn news, a local Michigan program started to run until the news about clear channel was over.

Wed Mar 24 2004 7:56 AM


I am starting to wonder, if the things i hear in the news are even true! and how much does government really hides the truth from civilian

Wed Mar 24 2004 7:59 AM

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