Posts from April 21, 2004

The Daily Stern

The Daily Stern

: VENDETTA: Don’t believe there’s an FCC vendetta against Howard Stern? Here’s a gun with a wisp that looks strangely like smoke coming out of it:

FCC Chairman Michael Powell addressed the National Association of Broadcasters yesterday and someone was a good enough reporter to ask him about Oprah Winfrey getting away with doing exactly what the FCC fined Stern for — defining sexual collolquialisms:

Powell dismissed accusations that the FCC’s actions are unevenly enforced, shock jock Howard Stern, whose show has been fined more than any other, has accused the FCC and the Republican administration of pursuing a vendetta. On his Web site he accuses the commission of going after him, but ignoring Oprah Winfrey, who received an award for her achievements in broadcasting on Monday.

“I don’t agree with that,” he told reporters after his Q&A. “The commission has said nothing about Oprah Winfrey. There are people complaining about it, but we’ll see.”

While Powell defended the commission’s even-handedness, commission aides admitted that Oprah is probably untouchable. It’s more difficult to fine a beloved figure like her, than to go after lightning rod like Stern.

Wonkette revisited

Wonkette revisited
: Wonkette — aka Ana Marie Cox — was on TV last night. The beginning of a career, I tell you. Rumor has it she’ll replace Tom Brokaw.

: Nick Denton defends Wonkette against the biased reporting on Wonkette What illiberal media?

: So there I was at the big party for the nation’s editors and publishers at Union Station and a friend of mine who tries to dismiss blogs and my passion for them thinks he has me cornered when an editor from the Baltimore Sun starts complaining about the form and up comes a writer for Ad Age who, my friend is sure, will join in. He’s looking for a blog cat fight. But what happens instead: The Sun guy and the Ad Age guy go on and on about how they love Wonkette; the Sun Guy quotes her at length. I tell my friend he is sadly behind the times.