Posts from February 23, 2004

The Stern vote

The Stern vote
: Howard Stern spent the last few years singing George Bush’s praises but Bush has lost him and here’s the killer blow: Over vacation, Howard bought Al Franken‘s book and loved it. “If you read this book, you’ll never vote for George Bush,” he said.

Before you go off on a Frankenfest, that’s not the point. Bush lost Stern in part because of what he confesses is a self-serving issue: threats of censorship from the FCC. But it’s more than that; Stern said it’s also about forbidding stem-cell research and trying to forbid abortion. Stern said Bush is a religious fanatic, “a Jesus freak.” And, Stern said lately, it’s about the economy; it’s about jobs.

Stern didn’t say much about Kerry; he didn’t mention Edwards. But he said he has become an anybody-but-Bush voter.

This matters.

Howard’s back

Howard’s back
: This is what a sick fan I am: I’m on vacation and could actually sleep this morning, yet I set the alarm for 6 so I could hear Howard Stern on Stuttering John’s defection to the Jay Leno show.

Stern won’t stand in the way of his guy, John, getting a good gig with more money (reportedly $500k/year for three years). That’s not the interesting part.

Howard said Leno called him twice and Howard called Jay lame for stealing not only his bits but now his people. Leno sends people out to the red carpet to ask odd questions, as Stuttering John does (and, in fact, Leno tried to hire John before to do this). Leno stole the Stern homeless game/stripper game. Now Leno steals Stuttering John. And as a I said a few days ago, it’s all the odder that Leno is hiring him as announcer, extending Stern’s stuttering joke.

Leno called Stern a second time asking him to come on Tonight to talk about it. Stern laughed at him.

And that’s the morning Stern report.