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Howard Stern Declares "Radio Jihad"

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by wolfamngstsheep, Mar 13, 2004.

  1. <HR SIZE=1> Howard Stern's schwing voters
    The raunchy jockey is mobilizing his army of listeners against Bush --
    and they could make a difference in November.

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    By Eric Boehlert

    March 12, 2004 | Declaring a "radio jihad" against President Bush,
    syndicated morning man Howard Stern and his burgeoning crusade to drive
    Republicans from the White House are shaping up as a colossal media
    headache for the GOP, and one they never saw coming.

    The pioneering shock jock, "the man who launched the raunch," as the
    Los Angeles Times once put it, has emerged almost overnight as the most
    influential Bush critic in all of American broadcasting, as he rails
    against the president hour after hour, day after day to a weekly
    audience of 8 million listeners. Never before has a Republican
    president come under such withering attack from a radio talk-show host
    with the influence and national reach Stern has.

    "The potential impact is huge," says Charles Goyette, talk-show host at
    KFYI in Phoenix. "And it's not just with the 8 million people who tune
    it, it's that he breaks the spell. Everybody's been enchanted by Bush,
    that he's a great wartime leader and to criticize him is unpatriotic.
    Now Stern pounds him every day and it shatters that illusion that the
    man is invincible and he shouldn't be criticized."

    "He's got one of the biggest audiences in all of radio, and perhaps the
    most loyal," says Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, the
    nonpartisan monthly that covers radio's news/talk industry. "And that's
    why he's so dangerous for the White House."

    Stern had strongly backed Bush's war on Iraq, but in the past two
    weeks, he has derided the president as a "Jesus freak," a "maniac" and
    "an arrogant bastard," while ranting against "the Christian right
    minority that has taken over the White House." Specifically, Stern has
    assailed Bush's use of 9/11 images in his campaign ads, questioned his
    National Guard service, condemned his decision to curb stem cell
    research and labeled him an enemy of civil liberties, abortion rights
    and gay rights.

    In other words, it's the kind of free campaign rhetoric the Democratic
    National Committee couldn't have imagined just one month ago.

    "Our research shows many, many people in the 30- to 40-year-old range
    who were Bush supporters are rethinking that position and turning away
    from Bush because of what Howard Stern has been saying," says Harrison.

    Coming in tandem with Wednesday's announcement that the
    much-talked-about liberal radio network Air America will debut at the
    end of the month, there's an indication that Republicans may finally
    get a taste of the commercial talk-radio wars, which for years have
    tilted almost uniformly to the right and teed off on progressive causes
    and politicians.

    "Overnight, Stern's probably increased by an important percentage the
    amount of talk-radio airtime that is not right-wing," notes Martin
    Kaplan, associate dean of the University of Southern California's
    Annenberg School for Communications. "His show does make a difference
    in terms of media ecology and what's out there. It's letting people
    know how they feel is an acceptable way to feel. What the media do is
    put out a version of what's normal. And if all that's out there is Rush
    Limbaugh and Dittoheads, then centrists and progressives see themselves
    as the minority. But if you can hear voices on the airwaves that sound
    like the voice in your own head, you begin to realize it's a polarized,
    50/50 nation."

    Kaplan will host a nightly media affairs program on Air America.
    [Salon.com will contribute one story each day to Air America's
    programming.]

    Stern's sustained FM taunts come at a tough time for the White House,
    which has watched Bush's approval ratings fall to new lows. Even more
    disturbing for Republicans was the revelation in the latest USA
    TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll that Bush's traditionally strong support among
    male voters is down significantly, and that Bush actually trails Kerry
    among those voters.

    "That's the demographic Howard Stern targets specifically," says
    Goyette. "If Bush's grip on men continues to soften, he could be in big
    trouble."

    Anecdotally, those daily phone calls from listeners -- mostly men --
    who tell Stern they usually don't vote, but this year they're
    definitely going to vote against Bush (and it's usually against, Bush
    not for Sen. John Kerry) cannot be comforting to the Bush/Cheney '04
    strategists.

    "Karl Rove and the White House would have to be brain-dead to not know
    they have a problem here," says Goyette.

    There are early signs that Bush supporters are indeed nervous about
    Stern's crusade. This week Limbaugh wrote a newspaper Op-Ed column
    dismissing Stern's claims against Bush as coming from "the left-wing
    fringe." (Stern returned fire, labeling Limbaugh a Bush "lackey.")

    Stern's torrent of Bush barbs came in the wake of Clear Channel
    Communications' move in late February to pull Stern off six of its
    stations, condemning his program as "vulgar, offensive and insulting."
    Following the controversial Super Bowl halftime show featuring Justin
    Timberlake and Janet Jackson, Clear Channel, like most major
    broadcasters, was under scrutiny over allegations it broadcast
    indecency. Clear Channel's radio chief was scheduled to testify before
    Congress where he was sure to face hostile questioning. On the eve of
    that congressional appearance, Clear Channel, which had never raised
    serious concerns about Stern's show before, suspended the program from
    its radio outlets.

    Clear Channel's move appeared to be more a symbol than a substantive
    effort to shut Stern down. The communications giant carried the shock
    jock only in six markets. Viacom's Infinity Broadcasting -- a Clear
    Channel competitor -- is Stern's syndicator and main radio vehicle.

    But Stern quickly complained on-air that the real reason Clear Channel
    yanked his show was that just days earlier he'd begun questioning the
    president and praising comedian/commentator Al Franken's anti-Bush book
    "Lies, And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them." Stern insisted it was
    political speech, not indecency, that got him in trouble with the San
    Antonio broadcasting giant, whose CEO, Lowry Mays, is close to the
    president and the Bush family. The jock still condemns Clear Channel
    and its Republican connections, but most of Stern's firepower today is
    directed squarely at Bush and his close association with the religious
    right, which Stern says is the driving force behind the FCC crackdown
    on indecency.

    Some in the broadcast business see Stern, perhaps best known for
    ushering into radio "Lesbian Dial-a-Date" contests, as a corporate
    clown whose political influence is not on par with the likes of Don
    Imus, the syndicated shock jock turned smart-aleck pundit. "Who cares
    what Howard Stern thinks about people running for public office?" says
    one longtime radio executive. "Imus is different, that's more of a
    thinking guy's show. With Howard, it's pure narcissism."

    Yet Stern has proven his political clout in the past. Known mostly for
    his libertarian take on politics, in 1992 he made news by endorsing
    Republican Christie Todd Whitman for governor of New Jersey, and she
    then won in an upset over Democrat Jim Florio. (She repaid the favor in
    1995 by naming a New Jersey highway rest stop after the jock.) Stern
    has also backed Republican George Pataki for New York governor. "When
    Stern says he helped Pataki win," says Goyette, "I don't think anybody
    doubts that."

    That's because of the bond Stern has built with his fans. "He's got a
    passionately loyal audience, which includes many extremely affluent and
    white-collar listeners," notes Paul Colford, who wrote an authorized
    biography of Stern, "The King of All Media." "However he wants to play
    his most recent grievance, he's got a nucleus of tens of thousands of
    fanatics who are willing make the phone calls and send e-mails and show
    up at Times Square to protest, whatever the course of action may be."

    "They're addicted to this guy and that's an awesome power," says
    Harrison. "Stern has moral authority with these people, in part because
    he has not been beating the drum for a political agenda for all these
    years."

    It's that relative absence of political discussion on Stern's show in
    the past that might make the current anti-Bush barrage more
    influential. "The fact that his audience does not tune in to him to
    hear about politics means that he is not just preaching to a choir, in
    the way that most of the conservative talk-show hosts are doing," says
    David Barker, author of "Rushed to Judgment: Talk Radio, Persuasion and
    American Political Behavior." It's an audience, he suggests, that might
    be more open to persuasion from a broadcaster like Stern.

    Approximately 8 million listeners tune in each week. And at any given
    moment during his four-hour program roughly 1.4 million people are
    tuned in. By way of comparison, that's more than the number of morning
    viewers at any given time watching Fox News, CNN and MSBNC -- combined.

    "There's no question," says Harrison, "Stern is the sleeping giant of
    liberal radio."
     
  2. buckiprof

    buckiprof 21st Century Buckeye Man Staff Member

    It is funny that Stern, a self-proclaimed Libertarian, could become the sleeping giant of liberal radio.

    BTW, the FCC crackdown in theory goes well beyond Stern and talk radio. It would definitely affect music. For example, a station that played Pink Floyd's "Money" could be hit with a fine (if the FCC has its way) because "bullshit" is in the lyrics.
     
  3. Not to mention that Republicans are trying to pass laws that will enhance their power to down size the number of media outlets, in an attempt to consolidate media messages.
     
  4. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    Let me get this straight.

    Stern says the reason he is in trouble with the censors has nothing to do with the Janet Jackson backlash, it is that Bush is out to get him. A suggestion that he has made but to my knowledge has provided no evidence to support.

    Yet, Stern has problems with every dimension of who GW is - not before he is censored, but only afterwards.

    Isn't it Howard who is presenting a distorted view of someone because he is unhappy with their perceived actions?

    I never had a serious problem with Stern because I never viewed him as anyting more than a bad commedian. This is pretty twisted.
     
  5. buckiprof

    buckiprof 21st Century Buckeye Man Staff Member

    From what I have heard on his show, and I only listen to about 20 minutes, I always thought he was more than fair with DUHbya. In the article, Stern's assertion of

    " But Stern quickly complained on-air that the real reason Clear Channel
    yanked his show was that just days earlier he'd begun questioning the
    president and praising comedian/commentator Al Franken's anti-Bush book
    "Lies, And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them." Stern insisted it was
    political speech, not indecency, that got him in trouble with the San
    Antonio broadcasting giant, whose CEO, Lowry Mays, is close to the
    president and the Bush family. The jock still condemns Clear Channel
    and its Republican connections, but most of Stern's firepower today is
    directed squarely at Bush and his close association with the religious
    right, which Stern says is the driving force behind the FCC crackdown
    on indecency."

    cannot be backed up with concrete evidence. The timing is suspect and that has allowed Stern to connect the dots.

    In any event, I hope he does shake up talk radio politically. For too damn long, the right wing has had a monopoly on this with the Rush Bimbo's on air and there has been no left wing equivalent to provide balance. IMO, balance is good. The right wing does need a taste of being lambasted on the airwaves from the left wing. For those in the middle, it should provide plenty of entertainment.
     
  6. DeadEyeDick

    DeadEyeDick Newbie

    Rush Limbaugh

    Quote: "There are early signs that Bush supporters are indeed nervous about
    Stern's crusade. This week Limbaugh wrote a newspaper Op-Ed column
    dismissing Stern's claims against Bush as coming from "the left-wing
    fringe." (Stern returned fire, labeling Limbaugh a Bush "lackey.")"

    Limbaugh is nothing more than a Republican shill, his next original thought will be his first.
     
  7. RAMdrvr1

    RAMdrvr1 All Galaxy '14 NCAA Pick'em Champ

    Wolf...,

    Nice thread. Very informative.
     
  8. KillerNut

    KillerNut Banned

    As many people as howard stern has listening to his show how many do you think really get out an vote?

    My guess is less than 50%. Not only that but as many people as he turns on to vote against Bush, there will probably be and equal or greater percentage that he will encourage to vote for Bush to spite him. I do not believe for an instant that Howard Stern can make a differnce in the election. The retards that listen to his crap, and take his opinion at all seriously, would have probably voted for the dems, (if they vote at all), anyway. You know make there welfare check bigger, more stories of a president getting caught with his pants down to make them feel better about their own sorry lives.

    This is going to be a close election, but Ho Stern will not be the difference.

    Just another case of the media trying to find something to write about, and make it seem like the dems have a chance.
     
  9. Nixon

    Nixon Wears Scarlet-colored glasses

    People who say Rush Limbaugh is nothing but a Republican shill don't listen to him. Rush has been very critical of the President for campaign finance reform, immigration, the education bill, and prescription drug coverage for medicare. Rush had people calling him and saying they weren't going to listen to him anymore because he was being so hard on Bush. Those people are the Republican shills, the people who will support Bush no matter what he does. Rush supports Bush on the whole but does not agree with or defend every decision he makes.

    Rush is a Republican--why would you not expect him to support the Republican party? It's absurd. Rush does not agree with everything the GOP does but(like me) he agrees with just about nothing the Dems do. The Dems are just about always further away from Rush's postion on an issue than the GOP is.
     

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