Howard, Howard

Howard, Howard
: Much discussion on Howard Stern over at Instapundit. Finally: Much discussion on the issue somewhere other than just here. I’m on dial-up speed now (on my Treo) and so I can’t go into detail right now. But go over and take a look.

  • ajf

    Glenn is calling you a hypocrite and you’re happy about? Cool.

  • loujosephs

    No fines from the FCC today.
    Gives broadcasters the weekend to sweat it out.
    but buying Sirus stock is a good bet.

  • Tim

    Glenn freely admits he doesn’t listen to Stern. And the updates he is adding to his post seem to be increasing his doubts about his initial response.

  • Actually, I’ve talked about it too, but since I don’t have the popularity to rate on your radar, you wouldn’t notice anyway.

  • gavin

    Why anyone would want to cloak Stern’s “Lesbian Dial-a-date” schtick as a first amendment issue is beyond me. To try to lay this at the feet Bush’s Amerika is rather silly. Stern had an act that ran it’s course, why is the FCC’s clamping down on this worthy of candle lit vigils?

  • Ebb Tide

    How can there be a discussion over on Insta?
    Does he take comments now?
    Ok, Ok, I’m going, I’m going.
    (don’t mind me, just tapping into the doubling meme.)

  • button

    I listened to Stern for about an hour this morning. I think it was the 7 o’clock hour. And then I posted the information he gave out on my blog after verifying it myself.
    Tinfoil hats aside, it seemed like worthwhile information.
    Lately, Glenn’s weblog is loading very slowly for dial-up, so I’m not going over to him as often as I used to. And I now read an increased number of other blogs, so I don’t want to get too delayed on my rounds.

  • Tim

    Yo gavin, if Stern had an act that ran it’s course, why are his ratings so high? And if you or anyone else doesn’t like him, why don’t you turn the radio off? Stern’s “schtick”, which is alternately tired and paralyzingly funny, is enjoyed by millions of Americans. The FCC, thanks to Nipplegate, is pursuing its advantage and trying to take him down for things he has been doing for years. The FCC is the government, and it is trying to censor him arbitrarily. Who cares about Bush? The Democrats are just as bad. Bringing up “Amerika” and Bush is just a red herring.

  • Dan Herzlich

    I don’t read Instapundit any longer. He’s just recycling other people’s content–very little original thought. Also I really hate when he does his blind links. He’ll post something like, “Hey, *this* is something you gotta check out!,” where *this* is a link to some cute story that is often of little interest at least to me.
    Like Stern I think Glenn has worn out his bag of tricks. I wish some one could tell me what’s so remarkable about his blog. At least post a photo once and a while.

  • gavin

    I don’t have any problem with Stern’s show and think some of it’s funny but I resent his posturing that he’s being singled out for his brave political views. Puhleeze, spare me the martrydom. If he’s so frightfully popular he should’nt have any problem going to a pay-per audio channel on Satellite radio.

  • John

    I have no doubt that Stern’s outrage against the FCC, Powell, Bush, Clear Channel, etc. is sincere and that he feels its a violation of his rights to be threatened with muzzling the way he has. But my main point in bringing up the Stern effort to silence Opie & Anthony two years ago is that Howard knows how the game in played, and for him to act shocked that pressure can be applied to silence radio shock jocks is disingenuious.
    Stern knew he was the big dog at Infinity radio two years ago, and knew that if he howled enough about Opie & Anthony mentioning him critically on their show, he could get Mel Karmazan to silence them, which Uncle Mel did. While it’s true that there was no government scrutiny involved in that situation, the fact was O&A’s right to mention Howard Stern on the air was muzzled by a private company due to pressure applied to their leaders — in this case pressure applied by Howard Stern.
    Now Stern is the target of the same sort of pressure, in being cut from the Clear Channel lineup, and (in his own view) threatened with FCC fines down the line. Karmazan stood up for Stern and bit the bullet on the fines 12 years ago, and Stern (and Imus) both seem to think he’s still a stand-up boss. But the problem this time may be that this whole mess was started by Janet Jackson’s expose on the Super Bowl halftime show, which was produced by MTV Networks — a sister company to Infinity Broadcasting — and aired over CBS — a sister company to Infinity Broadcasting as part of the Viacom media empire.
    That means when Uncle Mel (or Viacom ubermeister Sumner Redstone) goes before Congress, Howard’s show — which I would guess at least 60 percent of the country couldn’t access even before the Clear Channel action — gets tied in as a CBS Infinity product with the Super Bowl halftime show, which only 90-year-old Japanese WWII soldiers hiding out on remote Pacific islands haven’t heard about by now.
    If Stern does get fired by Infinity (which I highly doubt unless the FCC threatens major Infinity station license revocations), big media corporate synergy will be to blame. But in this case it will be the synergy of Viacom, not Clear Channel, trying to protect its own butt, the same as when they yanked Opie and Anthony off of WNEW and put them on a 19-month (and counting) hiatus because their St. Patrick’s Cathedral sex stunt outraged Catholics across the New York metro region.