February 27, 2004

Not What I Expected [9:03 pm]

When reading an article at Salon about the yanking of Howard Stern from some Clear Channel stations: Pulling the plug on Howard

What got Howard Stern pulled from six Clear Channel radio stations this week? The corporate line is that Howard is too raunchy for the radio giant. Clear Channel president John Hogan went up to the Hill and apologized to Congress for airing Howard’s filth on the great American airwaves.

[...] But some Salon readers and webloggers are wondering if Clear Channel getting religion about Howard has anything to do with Stern’s recent political change-of-heart. It was just recently that Stern started trashing President Bush, who he has strongly supported in the past. On the blog Music Angle Michael Fremer says: “On Tuesday, Stern took a strong stance against Bush, the Republican party and the strong stench of fascism and intolerance in the air when it comes to free speech and gay rights, among other things. John Hogan, president and CEO of Clear Channel is a strong Bush supporter. When the war in Iraq began, Clear Channel organized rallys supporting the action and actually banned John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and anything by The B-52s. Hard to believe, but true. Stern has great sway over millions of listeners. His political stand is what got him thrown off Clear Channel’s network of stations, not his supposed ‘indecent’ remarks towards women and blacks. This is a sickening development.”

If you’ve missed Howard, Robin and friends recently, MarksFriggin.com helpfully paraphrases every Stern radio show for you.

Update: As I come late to this, I see that others have already responded to this suggestion as unlikely.

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