The Daily Stern: Updates

The Daily Stern: Updates
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: FINES: Broadcasting & Cable says more FCC fines are on the way:

Howard Stern is about to get fined again, and possibly again and again.

Infinity Radio will be socked in the next week by the FCC with a six-figure fine for raunchy programming by top shock-jock Howard Stern. But that’s not all. Tthe government’s indecency police are moving to punish more shows by the self-proclaimed “King of All Media.”

The FCC is putting finishing touches on a proposed sanction that, for the first time, will fine a station for each indecent “utterance” during a single program. Previously, the FCC levied just one fine no matter how many times a program crossed the line.

: PUTTING WORDS IN POWELL’S MOUTH: Ernie Miller rewrites FCC Chairman Michael Powell’s speech before the National Association of Broadcasters:

While the broadcast medium does not today enjoy the full breadth of the First Amendment privilege, we should never be comfortable with content intrusion by the government.

Ernie even has Powell suggest a solution.

: VACATION: Howard’s on vacation.

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  • Theodopoulos Pherecydes

    Fine them. Fine them. Fine them until they have to make people pay to listen to/watch their indecency.

  • Larry

    I work at Clear Channel, and the rumors I hear say that Howard’s upcoming fines will actually be levied at one (or some) of the Clear Channel stations that he’s been dropped from, for things that he did awhile ago.
    Remember, one of the absurdities of the FCC’s fining policy is that it still operates on a local level: Howard’s recent fine was only levied on the Detroit station that carries him, because that’s where the complaint originated from. So it’s possible that these upcoming fines will indeed be levied on stations that no longer carry his show.
    If these rumors are true, and these new fines aren’t aimed directly at him or his parent company (Infinity), he’d be hard pressed to “quit” other than as a symbolic protest. Infinity, who has been aggressively standing behind him, certainly wouldn’t fire him if it received no fine.

  • http://www.tonypierce.com/blog/bloggy.htm tony

    poor oprah.
    if theyre going to go after howard and all of his stations, theyre going to have to go after all of her stations too for teaching the world what a salad toss is.
    my girl might have to quit too.
    what will we do without her?

  • http://twistedspinster.com/ Andrea Harris

    I know that after I found out that a salad toss didn’t always involve iceberg lettuce I felt so free. Honest. 8|

  • Carson

    To me, the dichotomy of “the marketplace” and “government” (meaning, in this continuing discussion of Stern’s travails, federal government) is not as clean as the posts make it. The marketplace is full of voters with real political purchasing power. They’re not the same, of course, but I don’t think they are as different as the posts here make them, and the answers, as a result, aren’t quite as clean or easy (“case closed, bro”) as portrayed. The market typically responds more quickly than the electrol marketplace because it plays a different role, but not an antithetical one.
    The other confounding aspect of this (for me) is Stern’s baiting of the agencies, his only constraint the immediate, short-term, marketplace responses. So long as his contracts stayed secure, he was cocky and aggressive. When his financial interests were effected, he was, like Flynt, suddenly a constitutional lawyer, an agency expert, and a martyr.
    In Psalm 12 there is a description of this attitude: “[Those] who have said,’With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who will rule over us?’ ”
    It’s a rhetorical question, of course, so when their supposed autonomy is abridged, they (to use another old expression from the Psalms) “shoot out the lip.” Would that it were to achieve more than just the opportunity to continue scatological talk.
    The great gifts Stern has — life, a good brain, a quick wit, a large audience, personal wealth and such a broad range of ways to use his talents — make it depressing to me that he has chosen to fight the good fight to continue his cruise through conversational sewage. The marketplace will buy it is his rationalization. I wish this were an argument about a higher calling than that.