Clear Channel Radio has suspended the broadcast of Viacom's Howard Stern show, consistent with its Responsible Broadcasting Initiative announced earlier today. After assessing the content of yesterday's Howard Stern show, Clear Channel worked with local market managers to take swift and decisive action.
Like him or not, Stern's kick from Clear Channel is an evil cocktail of censorship and politics that is bad for everyone. Liberals, you should be screaming. Conservatives, you might wanna think about how pissed off the other side gets with Rush, Falwell and Robertson and then wonder if one of them is next.
I mean, even Limbaugh (not the biggest Stern fan in the world) has issued a stetement in defense of Howard Stern and free speech. The issues here, it would seem, are even bigger than the personalities. Imagine that. Or, Rush might be thinking that the Clear Channel folks will have more time for him now that Stern is gone.
BuzzMachine... by Jeff Jarvis
Jarvis talks about ... ok, gets very pissed about ... the censorship of Stern and the politics of speech behind it. He's right. It is beyond reason and should be screamed about. He goes a bit easy on Clear Channel, but that's his choice. Disclosure: He works for Advance Publications. So, are we not surprised that he takes it a bit easy on the media co? We all have our interests ...
Also, for those out there who want to read psudo-transcrips, you can go to Marks Freggin. Great site, but methinks he's got too much time on his hands ...
Friday, February 27, 2004