I used to be an avid Howard Stern listener. I listened from the first day that he came on in Philly—I was 15. For weeks before his climactic debut, the station kept running this promo of Stern repeating, “He’s a Dick, He’s a Dick” (referring to the local ‘Morning Zoo’ guy who was #1 back then …you know the type –Hawaiian shirt Fridays and Wacky Wednesdays). Anyway, what could be cooler at 15 than someone saying ‘dick’ on the radio –it was unheard of then. I was hooked. Years ago he did this great bit about turrets before people believed it was a real ailment –he called the principal of a school with the perspective turrets inflicted ‘student’ on the extension. It was SO funny, the kid kept saying all these crazy sexual things and cursing and the Principal was trying to be PC but had no idea what to think.
I don’t listen to Howard anymore. It isn’t because of his daily bash-Bush tirades. I stopped listening after his wife left him. He wasn’t real anymore and he became another rich, ugly guy with a hot young blonde that wouldn’t have given him the time of day were he not ‘Howard’. I understand why Howard is lashing out about being censored, but I am angry that he is misdirecting that anger. I am even angrier that people are listening to him—he is swaying votes based on false information! Howard ‘the hawk’ had Michael Moore on the other day and kissed his ass!
We should all be outraged at censorship. Be outraged even if you despise Howard, because it may not stop with him. I hear many conservative Christians saying “Good, take him off, he’s a pig”. What about someone that thinks Rush, Sean or Savage is a pig? TURN THE DIAL PEOPLE. I have been glad to hear Rush, Sean and Glen Beck all defend him…but I have yet to hear that Howard has defended Rush. A defense appropriations bill was recently sent to the Senate where Tom Harkin(D) added a stipulation that Rush be removed from Military radio. That is scary…a senator using a defense bill to censor a political personality.
With a bit of digging Howard would see that the person leading the ‘indecency’ witch-hunt over at the FCC (did you know that the commissioners regulating what you see and hear are NOT elected officials) is not Michael Powell, but Michael Copps (D). This should NOT be a partisan issue. Just like our soldiers fight to keep the freedoms that allow people to say things that they may not agree with –we need to fight for the same things here at home.