“It is pretty shocking that governmental interference into our rights and free speech takes place in the U.S. It’s hard to reconcile this with the ‘land of the free’ and the ‘home of the brave.'”
–Howard Stern

Howard Stern was yanked from six Clear Channel stations earlier today. The conglomerate cited $495,000 in fines for 18 instances of fart sounds, which are in violation of federal decency rules, as their decision to drop Stern.

What the fuck? Howard Stern’s show hasn’t really changed much in the last ten years and now they want to take him off the air for “a little farting.” I am the first to admit that I do NOT always agree with Howard Stern. Hell, I don’t even like him all that much, but freedom of speech is what we have in common.

Throughout this ordeal, Stern has maintained that the Bush Administration is targetting him directly for his criticism of President Bush. The Administration is using Clear Channel to do its bidding. Clear Channel’s political action committee and its employees have given $265,800 to Republicans for the 2004 election, more than any other broadcaster, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group.

Stern will still be aired in dozens of stations across the country, but this is just another example of public dissent and freedom of speech being stifled in our country by those in the highest bastions of power (also, see the CNN story).

2 Comments »

  1. I can’t wait until we get Dubya out of office.

    #1 by Meerenai — April 10, 2004 @ 3:16 am

  2. Weeelll, I don’t think the Bush Admin is targeting him directly. Clear Channel is policing itself (Gestapoing Itself?). Any critic of the Admin on Clear Channel is getting the boot from the company itself.

    THAT’S the whole problem. WHOSE airwaves are they? Freedom of the press?…As Ice T says, “Freedom of speech, just watch what you say.” This is actually the 3rd Clear Channel air personality to get booted for going against Clear Channel’s right wing ideology (which dovetails the Admin’s).

    KFYI 1510 AM (Phoenix) on-air personality Charles Goyette (http://www.amconmag.com/2_2_04/article3.html) is getting alot of press. And there’s also Roxanne Cordonier, of WMYI 102.5 of Greenville, S.C. who got fired for opposing the invasion of Iraq.

    #2 by earthdog — April 11, 2004 @ 9:28 am

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