The Daily Stern: Afternoon edition

The Daily Stern: Afternoon edition

: HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? The NY Post says the FCC will fine Stern again next week, slapping $1.5 million on his company, Infinity, on top of the $500k last week against Clear Channel.

If this isn’t evidence of a personal vendetta and a government effort to drive this one man off the air, I don’t know what it.

The latest tally, if we add in this reported fine, will be $6 million in fines levied by the FCC since 1990 — $4 million of that against Stern.

So Howard Stern is responsible for two-thirds of all the naughty bits on radio? Howard Stern is responsible for two-thirds of the downfall of America?

Crap.

The FCC will clearly keep fining Stern and his company and stations until he is off the air — and probably afterwards, for good measure: the last kick on the ass out the door.

What’s offensive here is the FCC.

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  • KMK

    Here is a link to the post article.
    http://www.nypost.com/business/18886.htm
    Howard Stern Could Be Thorn In Bush’s Side
    http://mensnewsdaily.com/archive/newswire/news2004/0401/041604-howard-stern.htm
    Just for a laugh. (It’s satire)
    FCC Fines Bin-Laden $500,000 For Using Indecent Language In Tape Released Today
    http://www.thedailyfarce.com/world.cfm?story=2004/04/world_binladenfinedbyfcc_04200400021

  • AndyB

    Whether you agree with the FCC decisions or not, don’t these fines demonstrate that the current limits per offense are enough? If they can put together a $1.5M file for 1-2 broadcasts, does the limit on fixes really need to go up by a factor of 10?
    It seems to me that the current legislation going through is aimed at “freak” incidents (janet), which are exactly that. Does it really require congress to over-react to handle these incidents that happen once every 5-10 years?
    Even though I’m pro-Stern, the scariest aspect of the new legislation is the ability to fine individual entertainers. What will happen if a sports athlete yells “fuck” during a game (it happens) w/o realizing it will be on the air. Will they be fined? What if c-span is covering a rally live and the same thing happens.
    Scary times indeed.

  • Paul A’Barge

    Howard asked for it. I support what the FCC is doing to Howard.
    Those are not his frequencies. They are not your frequencies. They are our frequencies. And Howard deserves to get slammed for morally poluting them.
    Let Howard go on subscription cable. Then no one would fine Howard one thin centime.

  • http://tvh.rjwest.com HH

    There’s about as much evidence of a “vendetta” against Stern as there is a “vendetta” against Mancow. Stern is the best-known shock jock… the idea that he would be fined more than most isn’t a huge surprise and can’t be seen as “proof” of a vendetta.

  • chapore

    I think the FCC is taking us back to the “victorian age”. and frankly it scares me. I live in Clearwater, Fl. and “Bubba the Love Sponge” was fined & cancelled by Clear Channel. Maybe I don’t agree with everything Bubba or Howard have to say, but I will defend their right to say it.

  • bob

    HH,
    Sure it can. In a way.
    Let’s say an outspoken and frequent critic of the government is arrested for having committed a series of bank robberies. Before and during his trial, he continually speaks out against the administration – continually. Eventually, the judge has him gagged or removed from the courtroom.
    And let’s say he’s convicted. And sentenced for a good 15 to 20 years.
    Can I say that the government literally silenced the man for speaking out against the government? Yes.
    Can I say that this was a personal vendetta? Absolutely.
    Can I say that he is now in jail for no other reason than that he criticized the administration? You bet.
    Can all of these things “be seen to be proof of a vendetta?” Yup.
    You or I or Jeff Jarvis or Howard Stern could believe these things. And we could go further to make these claims without fear of punishment. It doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not. I can be downright silly, even delusional.
    But that’s what free speech is about. And it’s why I’m not worried.

  • Nadezhda

    I think Jeff’s on to something. At some point, the size of the penalties ($ amount and/or frequency) will become so disproportionate to penalties imposed on other broadcasters in similar circumstances that Stern’s lawyer should be able to argue that the FCC is abusing its regulatory powers. Not an FCC lawyer, but I assume that the FCC is given extremely wide lattitude in exercising its powers as long as each FCC order conforms to statutory authority. But at some point the cumulative effect of FCC action will create a prima facie case that the penalties are being imposed on Stern in a discriminatory fashion. At which point the burden of proof would shift to the FCC to demonstrate the reasonableness of its actions.
    In that case Stern wouldn’t need to demonstrate a motive inconsistent with FCC’s regulatory purpose or bad faith on the part of the Commissioners. It shouldn’t matter whether the actions by the FCC are in pursuit of a vendetta, or are simply singling out Howard “pour encourager les autres.”
    The danger for Stern is that somebody’s going to figure out pretty soon that the FCC needs to take some CYA preemptive action. So the action against Howard could just be the beginning. I’d be interested to know whether FCC has investigations or proceedings underway that could lead to a number of penalties or a few really big fines on other broadcasters or stations.

  • sol

    Fine Stern a million dollars for eating food while talking into the mike. Nothing grosser than an old, self-obsessed filth merchant pontificating and eating yogurt at the same time.

  • sol

    Reggie Jackson used to eat food while he was doing color on baseball broadcasts for the Oakland Athletics. Another vain moron.

  • Trump

    “If this isn’t evidence of a personal vendetta and a government effort to drive this one man off the air, I don’t know what it”
    Well, seeing as Stern has a personal vendetta to drive one man out of office, it seems pretty fair to me.
    This is about Stern’s political and anti-religious hate speech. Payback, as they say, is a b*tch.
    Lets keep using our freedom of speech to let the FCC know we support them fining Stern even more!
    It’s working…..we’re winning!

  • button

    I don’t want to seem like a stuffed shirt, but they ran some very racy commercials on the Super Bowl it seems. Yesterday I blogged a news story that described a commercial which mentioned a four hour erection. This is suitable for ‘Family Viewing’ ie Little Kids? I don’t think so.

  • http://twistedspinster.com/ Andrea Harris

    Oh come on, Chapore, the Victorian Age wasn’t so bad. After all, lots of drugs that would get you sent up for ten years or more were not only perfectly legal, they were regularly prescribed by doctors for all sorts of minor ailments. The common image of the Victorian as a sex-hating frigid woman or prudish man seems to not have been true. And horses were still a major mode of transportation, making every pre-teen girl’s dream of getting her own pony that much more attainable.
    Sure, there were incurable diseases that we can easily treat today, and there was no television, and riding in carriages was hard on the ass, but other than that I don’t see what was so bad about the Victorian Age.