Originally posted by Boogie
This stuff is silly...
Adult shows (radio or TV) that include graphic language and adult subjects have the right to be aired. And that time should be after 10pm local time.
No. Stern may be an idiot when it comes to certain topics. However, that does not mean that he need to be censored or sent to a time slot in which
nobody will hear him. Honestly... Howard Stern says what the majority of people think (take that with a grain of salt, I could be wrong, but look at
his numbers) .... he is often wrong and completely insensitive, but that is ok. There is no law saying you can't be a total asshole who doesn't
think about what you are saying as long as you are number #1 in markets X and Y. It has nothing to do with what he is saying, just in how he is
selling... and that's OK, according to capitalism.
But when you start to censor him for being "too edgy" or "too political" all of a sudden, it starts to look REALLY shady.
I mean, I have been listening to Stern forever. I'm not the oldest fan, but I have tuned him in during early morning work hours since '97. He
bitches and moans about stupid fines, yes. But if he gets taken off the air, we have a serious problem. People may say that this is just another gag
for ratings.... no way.
The Howard Stern audience does not hang in when he does political commentary. It is murder for his show. I don't think the average Stern fan got what
he/she expected during the last few mornings. Stern talked about Bush and his own changing political views during this weeks. Boobs and playboy
auditions were put on hold until he got his say.
I am not a Howard Stern myopian. But, I know a few. Did anyone notice that Stern was cut in swing states? He had the ability to swing voters. People
will vote according to what Stern says, agree with it or not. I don't care what he says, because I think he is a bit of an idiot, but I also think he
is pretty funny, so I listen.
I'm just saying, don't underestimate him. He is gospel to many. Accordingly, it is really scary that he is taking this kind of pressure lately. I
didn't like what he was saying directly post 9-11 or while U.S. was invading Iraq, but he shouldn't be taken off the air for it. His style hasn't
changed ONE BIT and now he is in serious trouble now that he changed his tune.....
Like it or not, Stern has power. He is going to get shut down by the FCC very soon. No court, no trial. That's F'ed up.