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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:18 AM
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Kerry: Stations Have Right to Pull Stern
Kerry: Stations Have Right to Pull Stern

By Associated Press
Published February 29, 2004, 8:53 AM CST

NEW YORK -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said radio stations are within their right to pull Howard Stern off the air if they object to the shock jock's racy show.

"Howard Stern does have the right to say whatever he wants anywhere, but he doesn't necessarily have the right to say it on that station if the people who run the station don't want him to," Kerry said while campaigning in New York, where Stern's show is broadcast.
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/specials/elections/sns-ap-kerry-stern,1,937534.story?coll=chi-news-hed
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SaddenedDem Donating Member (447 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:20 AM
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1. So, tell me one more time....
Kerry is different than Bush how?

I can't wait to see the Kerry supporters defend this one. Asbestos suit on.....
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:27 AM
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7. Slow down. . .
Kerry is right. The stations do have a right to pull Stern. What would you do if you worked for a station that carried Rush, wouldn't you want to the right to be able to pull him. I side with both Kerry on this from a legal stand point and Stern on a practical stand point. We may not like it, but a business is not obligated to to continue a show it does not agree with, however we more choices to protect free speech.
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truhavoc Donating Member (820 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:34 AM
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14. This is the same sort of thinking the right uses.
You might want to remove rush from the air, and you most likely could if it was an independent station. The problem is once you remove someone from the air according to his/her views it opens it to everyone to remove someone based on his/her views. This has the potentiality of turning into a true tyranny of the majority. I am not for censorship of any type, even if it is from a view I don't like. That is the beauty of our system, all sides have the right to get heard, regardless of how unpopular their views are. If you don't like what someone is saying TURN THE CHANNEL.
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:38 AM
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20. And if Clear Channel does not like what Stern says they can drop him. . .
. . .the real problem is that Clear Channel owns too many stations and limits our choice. I am not going to criticize Clear Channel for dropping Stern THAT IS THEIR RIGHT! I will however criticize Clear Channel for singling out Stern while many of their other hosts broadcast material that many people consider offensive. The Stern firing was cosmetic and possibly political. Clear Channel is hypocritical but within its rights. The bigger problem is how media consolidation limits our choices.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:40 AM
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22. IMHO, the solution is break up big media into smaller outlets which
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 10:46 AM by w4rma
would then, hopefully, be owned by a whole bunch of different people with different viewpoints.

Of course, how does a candidate promote this and get elected when big media controls so much of our media? I don't know and I fully expect big media to turn on Kerry, like they did Dean, if he advocates breaking them up as Dean did.
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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 11:18 AM
Response to Reply #14
66. Wouldn't that be tyranny from a minority, say from about .001%
Overtly rich white dudes, that call the shots for most?
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truhavoc Donating Member (820 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 03:07 PM
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89. They are the ones making the decisions
But it is based on the christian right agenda that was given a boost by actions by those like Janet Jackson. The same christian morals are the majority view of the nation, being inforced in the face of those that speak out against those terms.
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sangha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:23 PM
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98. The media showed JJ's boob because it has a Xtian right agenda?
And the Xtian right is the majority view of the nation?

I just love the things I learn on DU.
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Donating Member ( posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 03:21 PM
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93. this is a case where the "right" is right
"The problem is once you remove someone from the air according to his/her views it opens it to everyone to remove someone based on his/her views"

That's what freedom is about.

Kerry's saying they have the right to do this is what he should say. Why is it an issue one way or the other?

I don't give him any particular props for saying it. It's an easy safe thing to say. Common sense.

What in the hell is this country coming to though, where things like this need to be said and where some on the left (and I'm definitely on the left) think there is something wrong with a station taking someone off the air? There can be a totalitarianism of the "right" or the "left".

The problem is when a monopoly exists because then if someone gets taken off the air they have no voice. No monopoly, no problem.

something like that
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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 05:06 PM
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95. Howard is still on the air in some places
At least he was Friday. syndicated I believe. Most of the air waves your hearing it on are publicly owned, and rented out. The world is replete with out of work talk show hosts that considered not be towing the party line (too far the left).

These corporations don't have a monopoly yet but are working on it. What you have here with corporate media now is just group think enforced by investors and advertisers of corporate America, that make them work for every nickle

I'm sure most people know all about it, just thought I post it up in case there was somebody out that the sky was a different color than blue
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SaddenedDem Donating Member (447 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:49 AM
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41. No reason to slow down
Because John Kerry neglected to add anything about the man being pulled after YEARS of bullshit on the air AFTER he started calling Bush out.

So, what John Kerry is admitting to is simple - if someone goes on the air criticizing John Kerry, he will have him pulled off the air as well.

Additionally, what John Kerry lacks is ANY statement in opposition to media control by a few corporations.

I repeat, John Kerry sounds more like George Bush every day.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:10 PM
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76. how completely absurd
LOL
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Sideways Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:17 PM
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77. Absurd? LOL Doesn't Cut It Paulk...How is This Post Absurd?
Just thought you might want to back your assertion.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:59 PM
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81. the statement
"So, what John Kerry is admitting to is simple - if someone goes on the air criticizing John Kerry, he will have him pulled off the air as well." - is laughably absurd. It doesn't even qualify as a logical fallacy. It's nothing but an unqualified smear.

The poster asserts that Kerry has never made any statements opposing media consolidation. Here's one, from just the first page of a simple google search:

"The Hollywood Reporter: What are your thoughts on media consolidation, and do you believe it has become a problem in the country?

John Kerry: I think it is a serious problem in the country, and I was against the FCC decision and efforts to narrow the ownership of media outlets in America. I think the consolidation of information is a dangerous trend in America because it has the ability to shape our Democracy and shape the flow of information. I believe you need real competition, and you need limitations on that ownership. I have always been in favor of the restraints on the cross-ownership. You know we opened up a little on the radio, and I thought that was appropriate. But look, there have been changes, legitimate changes in the marketplace that reflect real access to information and real access to competition. I am open-minded. I serve on the (Commerce) committee, I have actually voted on these issues, and my record is very clear about favoring real competition, being smart about transitions in the industry that you have to take into account. But I am not going to be hoodwinked into believing that we are in a place today where there is sufficient competition in some of these areas, where we should lift the rules and consolidate, and I am against it."

- - - - - - - -

Of course, what I'm really laughing about here are the lengths some posters will go to in their efforts to smear one of our candidates.

To say that Kerry is no better than Bush IS laughable, and is worthy of nothing but ridicule.


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sangha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:24 PM
Response to Reply #81
99. You are very patient
I couldn't believe it needed explaining.
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dusty64 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 11:03 AM
Response to Reply #7
65. Problem is they
will NEVER pull rush or anyone else who speaks the partyline. They are using the airwaves for political and propaganda purposes.
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Young Socialist Donating Member (83 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 11:33 AM
Response to Reply #65
69. stern pretty
much towed the repug party line except he was pro-choice.
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Nazgul35 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 11:45 AM
Response to Reply #7
70. what are you thinking wndycty....
to quote Sen. Kerry's response to Gov. Dean when he suggested that we should uphold the US Constitution...even for Bin Laden...

It really seems that Kerry selects his defeses of the US Constitution by putting his finger in the air after wetting it....

1) Come out against a fair trial for Bin Laden...
2) Be against Gay marriage but for civil Unions....
3) Be against Howard Stern....

Glad kids can't vote or he'd be against homework...

PS: Stern and Bubba the Love Spong wasn't fired for their bawdy content (in fact Stern wasn't fired)....both were let go after they started in on Bush...the day they let go of Stern, he spent the morning blasting Bush....

Personally, I do not endorse the pulling of Limpballs or anyone....I am enough of an adult that if I don't like something, I CHANGE THE FRICKEN CHANNEL!! I don't listen for hours being shocked at such behavior....that's why I missed the half time show surprise....

I bailed becuase the show sucked.....
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 03:18 PM
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92. Those who find fault with Kerry on this misunderstand the 1st Amendment
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 03:18 PM by wyldwolf
You do not have freedom of speach outright. The first amendment only states that the congress cannot abridge free speach.

Private companies can on their time and on their property. That is just a fact.

Clear Channel owns the stations. They dictate the programming.
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Donating Member ( posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 05:12 PM
Response to Reply #92
96. exactly
freedom of the press means freedom of the press to do whatever they want to do, air someone, not air someone.

Why is this so hard for people to understand?
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DaveSZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:33 AM
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13. Here's how Kerry is different:
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 10:36 AM by DaveSZ


The long-simmering debate over abortion will come to the president's doorstep in April when abortion rights groups, enraged over the administration's aggressive defense of the so-called partial-birth law, are planning a huge march on Washington. And the future of the federal courts - especially the Supreme Court, given that the next president may be able to appoint two or three justices - is increasingly seen as another front in the culture war.


http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/29/weekinreview/29tone.html

I don't agree with everything about John Kerry and I'm closer to Kucinich, but Kerry has to run as if every state were Ohio and Missouri. Also he's voted more liberal than 96% of the Senate, and you guys treat him like he's GWB. He's even taken the step of saying he's against the death penalty, which could cost him votes in some key areas. Also he appoints the FCC chair which can help regulate those right-wing hacks that dominate talk radio.

I might vote Kucinich in the Texas primary, but certainly I will fight for Kerry in the general. Anyone who thinks we can win by running with a hardcore, uncompromising liberal position on all issues is shitting themselves.


Also the owners of the radio stations, whom Stern reports to as his bosses, have every right to dictate what they put on the air.

That's the fundamental question at hand.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 11:01 AM
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63. I was there. Kerry doesn't understand the issue.
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 11:01 AM by Bleachers7
He doesn't know what's going on. He thinks that the rules were there and he broke them. That's not the case.
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funky_bug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 02:30 PM
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85. Don't twist this
Stern was not pulled from the air by the government, he was pulled from CLEAR CHANNEL (only running his show on a total of six stations) because he allowed a caller to say horrific things which I will not spell out, but can easily be found through a Google search.

Clear Channel has the right to set it's own policies on the types of programming they allow on their stations. Many DJs and radio personalities, such as the Phillips Phile and Monsters have had long radio careers with little or NO FCC fines.

Kerry didn't pull Stern off the air, Bush didn't pull Stern off the air, and Janet Jackson's boob didn't pull Stern off the air. His boss did. If you have a problem with this, then take it to them. Censorship is defined as prohibiting politically based speech, not prohibiting a bigotted caller from statements that are offensive, vulgar and perverted.
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bowens43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 05:45 AM
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121. He's right.
What is there not to support. We do not have state owned radio. No station can be forced to carry anyone.
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truhavoc Donating Member (820 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:20 AM
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2. I wish there was an emoticon for
Running towards the right...
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Protagoras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:20 PM
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79. hmmm wonder if this will do
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 01:21 PM by Protagoras
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truhavoc Donating Member (820 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 03:11 PM
Response to Reply #79
91. What is the the shortcut for it? Or did you copy it?
I think it will work perfectly though! Thanks.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:20 AM
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3. and that's the problem
they DO have the right to pull stern or whatever. and that is a problem.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:34 AM
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16. Exactly. They do have the right, and that is the problem.
One company with the power to censor or play whomever they want on about half of American airwaves is a very bad thing.

Clear Channel should be broken up, just like Gov. Dean said should be done. But, if Kerry advocates breaking them up, will Clear Channel and the rest of big media turn on him?
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:39 AM
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21. of course
"But, if Kerry advocates breaking them up, will Clear Channel and the rest of big media turn on him?"

of course they will. i'm hoping after edwards or kerry gets in office to pressure them into changing this.
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DaveSZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:40 AM
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23. Kerry is a smart dude:
He knows if he advocates breaking up Clear Channel before the election that the corporate media could turn on him.

I'm even afraid to post that fact here since there are probably people monitoring this site.
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:46 AM
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33. Kerry will never advocate any such thing.
He's funded by FAUX and is defending Clear Channel. I think it's obvious which side he's on when it comes to corporate media consolidation.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:53 AM
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49. This issue, honestly, scares the crap out of me.
A Pandora's Box was opened with various media deregulation bills through the 80s, 90s and also during Bush's term and I don't know how to put the monsters back into the box since, IMHO, big media will always favor a candidate, by a wide margin, who advocates more mergers and consolidation.
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Mairead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 12:03 PM
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71. "I don't know how to put the monsters back into the box"
And this is exactly why the claim is false that we can survive by electing someone who's fractionally less awful than the GOP puts up. Because the GOP makes BIG moves to the right...moves that cannot be undone by someone who's willing at most to make tiny moves to the left. Three steps to the right, one to the left gets us further and further to the right every round. Eventually we pass the 'tipping point' where peaceful change stops being possible because the psychopaths now control all the resources and all the power.

I'm completely convinced, for reasons that should be obvious from recent history, that we're at that tipping point now. Goddess help us.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 12:29 PM
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72. Don't forget about Congress and the federal courts.
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 12:30 PM by w4rma
The executive office can't get anything done without the other two branches.
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Mairead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 12:36 PM
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73. Oh believe me, I'm not! In a way, I wish I were.
Because they're in the hands of the fascists. Will we ever get them free again? I honestly--hand on my heart!--am afraid that it's too late and we're already kaput.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 06:31 AM
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125. Congress and the federal courts are hamstrung-
Edited on Mon Mar-01-04 06:34 AM by depakote_kid
and the beauty is that the far right did it to themselves trying to push The Reagan Administration's deregualtory agrenda. ALL it would take would be for the FCC to follow the appropriate administrative procedures and it could break up and re-regulate the media giants- provided that most of the Democratic Party went along with it.

If the FCC acts, say, to put the Fairness Doctrine back in place- it would require legislation with a Veto Proof majority to overturn that decision. Moreover, the standard of review that the federal courts are REQUIRED to give administrative decisions is so slight (substantial evidence) that as long as the agency has some facts to back up its decision, it will prevail.

Obviously there's a little more to it than that- the media oligarchs would fight tooth and nail to delay implementation of the new rules until after the 2008 election and Congress could potentially cut off the FCC's appropriations. (of course, they could have done that to Chairman Fowler in the 80's, too- but didn't, despite the fact that he was threatened and roundly despised by both sides).

Still, if Kerry really wanted to and if he has the guts- he could break them up- Dean knew that AND Dean knew how to do it, which is why he scared the hell out of them.
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:04 PM
Response to Reply #33
115. He's funded by FAUX (alias Fox)?
Any citations to back that up?

Frankly, that sounds insane.
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:23 AM
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4. WAY disingenuous.
So is he still in favor of big media consolidation, then? I hate to break it to him, but the problem here is that one guy is making that decision for numerous communities in which he doesn't live, and without consideration for what those communities want to hear, for the sake of silencing a political message - which is fundamentally antidemocratic. What's the name of your party again, Senator? Just checking.

I can't believe this assbag's winning...
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:24 AM
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5. Kerry supports Clear Channel
Wow, more good news from the "most liberal man on planet Earth" :eyes:

What a fucking corporate whore. And I'm not even a Stern fan.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:37 AM
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19. I don't like Stern either, but it is clear with whom Kerry has sided with
Kerry has sided with Clear Channel, the same guys that sponsored all of those prowar "Support the Troops" rallies.

No wonder Kerry supported media concentration!
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:41 AM
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25. stern is part of the pro war crowd, cheered on bush
for years for killing the arabs and muslims.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:49 AM
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40. Kerry cheered Bush when our troops entered Baghdad
When it comes to whoring for the powerbrokers that own this country, Kerry is no different from Bush.

The only difference between a Kerry Presidency and Bush's is the names of the corporations that will get the Iraq contracts.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:26 AM
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6. Reality Check People. Stations DO Have The Right To Pull Stern
and we have the right to boycott and protest...

AND START OUR OWN STATIONS THAT WON'T.

How many people who will object to this tried to get Rush Limbaugh off the air....

Hypocracy of the Left.

And yeah, I know Stern probably got tagged cause of his Bush spiel.
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:29 AM
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9. Here here!
I support Stern, but one I respect a stations right to dump him. Also by Clear Channel dumping him it gives many people an opportunity to learn more about the situation and radio ownership issues, not to mention Clear Channel's political agenda is becoming exposed to the general public.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:33 AM
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12. kerry should have been asked
about how much clear channel i owns and how it could and is affecting diversity of opinions and what kerry would do about it . but all the person did was ask just about howard stern's show being pulled. and kerry did say stern has a right to say what he wants, but stations can pull his show if they want, just as they did with savage and drudge. i sure didn't complain when savage was pulled.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:29 AM
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10. that savage guy
didn't they pull his show ? i do think the stern thing was kind of political though. but it is true, they do have the right to pull the show. what i have more of a problem with though is when phil donohue's show was pulled, because it was based on having certain political views.
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 02:18 PM
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83. I never advocated Mush Limpdick being taken off the air.
I don't think he should have been a commentator on NFL games (or Dennis Miller either) because those are sporting events and should not be political. But I'm all in favor of those who are stupid enough to listen to that Oxycontin junkie windbag to be able to do so, just as long as I don't have to hear his shit. As I said, I'm not a Stern fan either, mainly because his show is completely New York - centric and should never have been nationally syndicated to begin with. I could care less about NYC at 6:00 in the morning when I'm stumbling to the coffee pot. (no offense to NY area DU'ers - Stern fans or not). But Stern has his audience and he's welcome to them. I heard a clip of his "offensive" speech on Meet The Press this morning (or was it ABC's This Week? ) and Howard was actually saying something sensible for a change - that the right wingers have far too much power in this country and it's only getting worse.

And Clear Channel - which is directly connected to Junior - can't allow that on the airwaves. Here's how the BCE - Clear Channel connection works....



Now why the Hell is John Kerry defending these assholes? :grr:

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Piperay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 05:29 AM
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120. I agree nt
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Caution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:27 AM
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8. Of course they have the right to pull stern
If I run a radio station and I hire someone and he is as offencisve as howard stern and I decide to fire him, the government better damn well keep their noses out of it. ClearChannel is being hypocritical when they keep limbaugh and hannity on the air but get rid of Stern but it most certainly is within their rights to fire an empolyee over that employee's behavior.

What this is really about is media consolidation in the hands of a small group of corporations. Stern being pulled by ClearChannel is a symptom of this problem, but it definitely within the rights fo ClearChannel to do it.

I don't see how in any way shape or form this is a move to the right by Kerry or that it is an indication of him being Bush-lite.
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:31 AM
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11. True very true.
I was uncomfortable with what Kerry said, not because I disagree, but because I knew there would be those (including many on the DU) who don't understand that Clear Channel was acting within its rights. I would hope however that Kerry also does a much better job standing up for Stern's free speech rights as well. Afterall Stern is now in the Kerry camp.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:44 AM
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29. stern being on our side is about stern only
howard stern cheered on bush for years for the war. his bashing of arabs and muslims and how we have to kill all of them is pretty disgusting. he only said he opposes bush after what happened to him with getting his show pulled in some markets. but did he defend phil donohue who got his show pulled for having different political views such as being pro peace ? no, stern bashed that side.
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:50 AM
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44. He is an interesting and complicated person. . .
. . .he often makes jokes at the expense of gays, but he is outraged that Bush wants an amendment to ban gay marriage. He said he gave Bush a chance like he felt all Americans should, he supported the war, but he does not like the direction that the country is going. I suspect for those Americans who are not partisan, who are not particularly enlighted, his views are probably the norm.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:53 AM
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50. yeah, stern is a social liberal
on things like abortion rights, gay rights etc, he is totally on the liberal side. he is pretty nasty when it comes to economic and foreign policy issues though. like saying those on welfare are completely at fault.
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:55 AM
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57. Yup. . .
"like saying those on welfare are completely at fault." unfortunately like a lot of Americans.
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Hav Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:35 AM
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17. duh, no shit
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 10:36 AM by Hav
And as another poster noted, how many were outraged when Savage got fired ? Didn't they think the station had the right to do so back then?
The doublt standard is revealing when it's about attacking a Democrat who happens not to be the preferred candidate.
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bushwakker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:34 AM
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15. DU moderators have the right to delete any post
Station owners/operators have the right to not broadcast something for any reason they choose. Free enterprise.
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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:36 AM
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18. Reality check: Businesses can make business decisions
If a business doesn't like a product, they can stop using it or can cancel its services.

Imagine if a business couldn't do that?
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:44 AM
Response to Reply #18
30. The question should not be about their right. . .
. . .to me their right is absolute. The bigger issue is their hypocrisy, possible political agenda and the need to stop media consolidation!
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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:50 AM
Response to Reply #30
42. So boycott Clear Channel
6 stations owned by Clear Channel decided to pull off the Stern show.

Should Kerry demand they put Stern back on?
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AVID Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:46 AM
Response to Reply #18
32. I agree
Stern has a product for sale, CC didn't want it. There are many other stations that will want it, and have the right to buy it.
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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:40 AM
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24. Yeah, But What About Opie And Anthony?
Give me a break Kerry. You are Bush-lite with your fascist suggestion that radio stations can remove employees over offensive behavior.

Go back to the Thrid Reich where you belong.

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Hav Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:43 AM
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26. rofl
I always knew Kerry was a Nazi.

(And for the crowd who would to reply now : Yes, yes he is indeed a Nazi! ...that was a joke)
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DaveSZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:50 AM
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45. LOL
The last thing Kerry needs is fucking Stern's endorsement if he wants to win the Midwest.

Look how much Michael Moore helped Clark. :P
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:43 AM
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27. This is why I just can't vote for Kerry. So sad...
He knows damn well the boss can't fire an employee! What is Kerry trying to prove here? I told you before he is nuttin' but Boosh lite.

Don

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AVID Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:49 AM
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39. i like your sarcasm
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PatrickS Donating Member (269 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:43 AM
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28. Kerry is such a career politician!
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 10:45 AM by PatrickS
Stern is vile but frankly I'm siding with Stern on this issue. Democrats deserve Kerry
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Bombtrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:46 AM
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31. Kerry you DUMB ASS. Howard just told his listeners to vote for you or JE
This is what happens you're a pathetic Imus ass-kiss.
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AVID Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:48 AM
Response to Reply #31
37. thanks for that news
I always wait to see who Stern endorses before I vote
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Bombtrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:51 AM
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46. Are you one of his 18 million loyal listeners?
answer that. Howards has and can affect elections. Especially when his listeners fear him being shut off the airwaves if they don't act
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AVID Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:56 AM
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59. I only watch fo rthe T and A
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:50 AM
Response to Reply #31
43. well, now it's all over for kerry i'm sure
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:51 AM
Response to Reply #31
47. Kerry likes Imus for one reason
Bastard's even uglier than he is. Made Kerry look good even before the botox ;)
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Bombtrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:55 AM
Response to Reply #47
58. Imus is a dicrepid untalanted racist
but the elite news media and Washington establishment kisses his ass. I don't like Giuliani or Pataki, but they have the balls to go on Howards show and they reap the benefits.
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slinkerwink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 03:03 PM
Response to Reply #31
87. it's back to the status quo again....
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:47 AM
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34. The problem isn't censorship, it's media consolidation.
If Kerry was a real progressive, he would talk about how he plans to stop corporate contol of the media. No one company should be able to determine what everyone listens to.
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DaveSZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:54 AM
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52. Yeah
"The problem isn't censorship, it's media consolidation."
Posted by brainshrub
If Kerry was a real progressive, he would talk about how he plans to stop corporate contol of the media. No one company should be able to determine what everyone listens to.




That's real smart considering most people watch and read corporately controlled media, and he needs the media first to help him win.

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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 11:01 AM
Response to Reply #52
64. Welcome to DU
:toast:
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Scott Lee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:38 PM
Response to Reply #34
106. Yes. The very thing that Dean got crucified for opposing.
Now let's watch Senator Horseface glom on to the position and be adored for it.

I love american politics, don't you?

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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:47 AM
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35. Ooh, can't wait to see all the Kerry Supporters Spin
this one.

John Kerry supports Clear Channel

John Kerry supports silencing those who offend

John Kerry runs to the right again

John Kerry can kiss my pale white Deaniac Ass
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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:53 AM
Response to Reply #35
48. Should Kerry force businesses to do what they don't want to do?
Say you have a business. Should Microsoft force you to use its products? If you decided to use Star Office, imagine a politician or government stooge telling you that you can't.

Get it?
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AVID Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:54 AM
Response to Reply #35
51. You spin, I spin . . .
We all spin for Dean's win
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Hav Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:55 AM
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55. Ooh,ooh
Thx for presenting the spin of the desperate anti-Kerry hate crowd.
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59millionmorons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:55 AM
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56. Point out what he said that was not accurate
John Kerry can kiss my pale white Deaniac Ass--now thats class.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:19 PM
Response to Reply #35
78. Actually Howard Stern supports Clear Channel
He's made enough dough to start his own media empire if he wanted to. He has contractual power for his show to go to other stations. If Howard Stern were on another conglomerate's station (and there are other conglomerates in spite of Clear Channel's number of stations) that would defund Clear Channel.

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Crachet2004 Donating Member (725 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:48 AM
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36. John Kerry has to take the high road...
Howard Stern knows that. To beat the GOP, we must advance along both the high and the low roads, at the same time.

Get real people. Kerry is just as glad to have Howard on board as we all are...he just can't say it.

But I can! Welcome aboard Howard!!! Here's a map. See that road heading South? You go that way.

"Oh, you take the high road, and I'll take the low road..."
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WhoCountsTheVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:49 AM
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38. Kerry, always standing up for the rights of Corporations
What a Market Fundamentalist. Remember his radical right-wing interpretation of the Constitution that corporations can't be regulated? He said "we don't have the right, Constitutionally, to stop outsourcing."

I thought he was a liberal?
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bowens43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 05:47 AM
Response to Reply #38
122. How is this 'standing up for corporations'?
Are you saying that those who own the stations should have no say in what is broadcast? That's ridiculous.
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WhoCountsTheVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 06:07 AM
Response to Reply #122
124. did you read the article, at all?
"Are you saying that those who own the stations should have no say in what is broadcast? That's ridiculous."

No, I didn't say that - you did.
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Donna Zen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:54 AM
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53. Has anyone asked Edwards this question?
n/t
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:59 AM
Response to Reply #53
61. not sure, kerry was asked at some rally/town hall
meeting type event during question and answers. kerry was right though. but the real question should have been about the media ownership in general and it's affects on diversity of opinions.
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Toby109 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:55 AM
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54. You guys act like this is a first for Stern
This guy has been fired or suspended before many times over something he said on the air. Anyone remember Private Parts?

Stern blows with the wind.
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emcglynn Donating Member (86 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:58 AM
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60. I'm glad to see Senator Kerry taking a firm stand
on such a hard issue. Now what to watch on TV? Port-au-Prince burning or the fart contest? I did catch Chomsky around 4:00am on C-Span at UN event(Warning-Graphic analysis-may be unsuitable for neo-liberals). If you are looking for video to help put perspective on our current way of life-try "Hearts and Minds"-a Vietnam War era documentary. I think members of the Bush administration have seen it because they are using some the same lines. LBY's and JFK's speeches were particularly insightful. Funny, how two respected U.S. Democratic Liberal Senator's with positive domestic agenda's, one from the north, one from the south, ended up being so wrong about initial and continued support of a protracted war. But don't worry history never repeats itself(this many times?) "Peace with Honor" and "Bring Back the Draft" coming soon to a complacent democracy near you.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:59 AM
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62. I was there. Kerry doesn't understand the issue.
He thinks that the rules were set and then Stern broke them. That's not true.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 11:28 AM
Response to Reply #62
68. Rules within a corporation are arbitrary.
IMHO, the sooner folks realize this, the sooner folks will realize that a few big monster corporations is a very bad thing and this must be dealt with.
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slinkerwink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 03:04 PM
Response to Reply #62
88. is Kerry even aware of what happened with the Dixie Chicks
and that STern was pulled for bashing Bush?
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Scott Lee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:36 PM
Response to Reply #88
105. I think Botox might have offered them positions as interns....
or not. But I'm sure it ran through his botox adled mind.
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edzontar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 11:25 AM
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67. Kerry serves his media masters, panders to wingnut pukebrains
So what else is new?

He is a disgrace.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 12:38 PM
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74. Technically, he's right, but..
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 12:38 PM by mvd
I'm tired of us being so polite. If he doesn't want to push the envelope, it would be better to not say much IMO. How about a mention of Clear Channel at least and the disturbing state of radio? I didn't see the whole article - any mention of this from Kerry?
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:02 PM
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75. Kerry is either pandering or he is a fool
if the media were democratically owned by many different companies, he might have a point.

In a truly democratic media envirtonment, radio stations would be responsive to their communities. Anmd there would be enough competitors to provide something for everyone.

But the fact that executives in Texas can dictate what is heard and not heard throughout the country is the problem.

Kerry faiuls to appreciate that as the crux of the issue. Janet jackson happened because of media consolidation too.

Kerry eitehr doesn;t "get it" or he is a pandering opportunist who is just as bad as the GOP on this issue.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:28 PM
Response to Reply #75
80. "Janet jackson happened because of media consolidation" I am confused?
I am not trying to put words in your mouth but are you saying I seen Janet's bare tit because of media consolidation? I apologize if I am misreading your post? I probably am misreading it?

Don

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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 02:05 PM
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82. No you are reading oit correctly
The consolidation of media has also undermined their sense of social responsibility and accountability. There is a connection.

CBS once had a corporate culture. It was not necessarily perfect, but those who owned and ran the network knew they were were accountable and responsible for it. That was because of FCC standards and the owners also had some sense of standards. They had more at stake because CBS was their product.

But now CBS is just a tiny "unit" of a much bigger conglomerate Viacom. Thus the operation of CBS is less important than how it can add to the parent's bottom line. It also becomes more of a promotional tool for synergy. Thus CBS give4s its halftime show to MTV, which has a very different set of standards.

As a result, MTV does something that might be acceptable on the MTV Music Awards, nut totally inappropriate on the Super Bowl.

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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 02:27 PM
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84. Case study: Your business can't make any decisions because...
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 02:28 PM by zulchzulu
Let's say you bought a radio station. It used to be a Jesus channel. You want to do a devil-worshipping rock and roll sex radio format.

You are told by the government that you can't make a business decision and cancel the Pat Robertson segments that came with the radio station.

I guess that would be OK...

As mentioned in these posts, Stern had 6 Clear Channel stations out of about 170 stations cancel his show. Stern, by having his shows hosted by Clear Channel-oned stations in the past, has been supporting Clear Channel. Now those 6 stations pull out.

Last I heard, it's a free market. Anyone who criticizes Kerry for mentioning that businesses can operate in the free market is either a transparent Kerry-hater desperately groping for a RNC-loved story or someone who is too mentally-challenged to understand 4th grade economics.
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tobius Donating Member (947 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 03:01 PM
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86. OMG! clear channel used their mind control on Kerry! </sarcasm>
It's a shame that the sarcasm tag needs to be put on this statement, , but if I didn't there would unfortunately be people........... oh forget it.
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Scott Lee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 03:08 PM
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90. Kerry had large holding in a communications company, yes?
I think he has a deep admiration for Clear Channel and the communications Borg. But what else would you expect from a business-as-usual insider?

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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 03:22 PM
Response to Reply #90
94. You set up a conclusion based on your opinion?
?
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sangha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:27 PM
Response to Reply #94
101. Has he ever needed more than that?
.
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Scott Lee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:32 PM
Response to Reply #101
103. Is this "sangha" or "sangh0"?
How many versions of this nickname are afloat?
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 08:12 PM
Response to Reply #103
110. Why are you avoiding the question?
Internal conflict?
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Scott Lee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:31 PM
Response to Reply #94
102. I asked a simple question - do you have an answer?
I mean, other than a knee-jerk defensive snark?

I'll wait.


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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:50 PM
Response to Reply #102
107. You asked a rhetorical question based on your opinion
I think he has a deep admiration for Clear Channel and the communications Borg.

Complete and absolute opinion

But what else would you expect from a business-as-usual insider?

You base your question on the complete and absolute opinion.

Nothing knee-jerk in my response.


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Scott Lee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 08:02 PM
Response to Reply #107
108. Why are you avoiding my question?
Internal conflicts?
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 08:11 PM
Response to Reply #108
109. Why not ask a question that can be answered based on established fact?
..and not your opinion?

Confused over the difference?
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 05:35 PM
Response to Reply #90
97. so what's your solution , Scott?
In what way is Kerry wrong here?

Should the government regulate what shows Clear Channel can carry?

Should the government regulate what shows Radio Subversion can carry?
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Scott Lee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:34 PM
Response to Reply #97
104. My solution is for Senator Botox to talk about crucial issues
Rather than ClearlyChannelled's right to fire a radio loudmouth.

Do you think that's a good solution? Or, should we allow time for Botox to copy the positions of his competitors?


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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 08:46 PM
Response to Reply #104
112. but that's the question he was asked
he answered it - by your own admission, correctly.

----

"Do you think that's a good solution? Or, should we allow time for Botox to copy the positions of his competitors?"

I take it you are upset that a candidate you supported lost out to Senator Kerry. Your question is based on such a subjective interpretation as to the reasons why your candidate failed that I'm afraid I can't answer it.

Why do you choose to constantly denigrate Senator Kerry by calling him "Botox"? What purpose does this serve?


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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 09:00 PM
Response to Reply #112
114. Denegrating Kerry as Senator Botox shows pure deflection
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 09:01 PM by zulchzulu
I love that feature that DU has where I don't have to see such garbage.
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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 08:58 PM
Response to Reply #104
113. Nice dodging of the original question
Again, should the government tell you what you should or shouldn't have on your web site?

That is exactly what you are implying by thinking that Kerry is wrong that a radio station wants to make a decision not to carry a product that they don't want to carry.

Who should stand in and force the radio station to keep Howard Stern on the station even if that business doesn't want it?

Answer that. Don't deflect.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:34 PM
Response to Reply #113
117. You're going to be waiting a loooong time for reply ...
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 03:05 PM
Response to Reply #104
129. The ultimate solution


And not a moment too soon. Bye!

All this nastiness toward Dems is a real turnoff. I'm glad this disruptor has finally gotten his piece of the rock.
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corporatewhore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:25 PM
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100. is he channeling lieberman?
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arewethereyet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 08:17 PM
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111. Kerry is right, whats the problem ?
the stations pay for the feed, they can cancel based on the particulars of the contract for any reason they want.

This is America.

Of course Stern is equally free to "entertain" in any way he wishes within the bounds of FCC regulation as well.

He's selling, the stations are buying. THey are not obligated to continue to buy if they don't wish to.
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atre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:28 PM
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116. To those of you defending this statement, allow me to explain something
Clear Channel may be acting within their "rights" to fire a DJ for offensive language, but the rights of network and radio broadcasters are more limited than ordinary businesses, the Supreme Court has held (Red Lion v. FCC, et al), because of bandwidth scarcity. The government can require "equal time" for different views as a condition of an FCC broadcasting license.

This statement tells me that Kerry is either unaware of the Red Lion- Fairness Doctrine or that he in no way is going to risk political capital by trying to revive it (even though the Court has held that it passes constitutional muster). While he has made some statements that show me he is far from a constitutional law scholar, I do believe that since he was a Senator during the hubub over the Fairness Doctrine, the latter must be true.
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earthsea wizard Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 12:50 AM
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118. Without a Doubt, Kerry is Half Right
Clear Channel can chose to drop Howard Stern, or any other program from it's schedule.

End of that story.

But it's not the end of "THE" story, "THE" story being the story about whats wrong with the media in the United States.

Of course, the answer is media consolidation and conflict of interest.

When corporation X controls the news, and corporation X engages in illicit, unethical, or just distasteful activities, we will never hear the truth about such activities.

The way to deal with this issue is straight forward -

1) STRICTLY and severely enforse all laws, and close all loopholes regarding conflicts of interest violations in public service.

2) Regulate news media (of all forms).

When hit with the freedom of speech issue, explain that the media has long been viewed as an informal fourth branch of the Federal government, and is a watchdog force that is used as an important element of the balance of powers in this country.

As such, like all public services, it is in the best interest of the public to ensure that the media remains free from undue influence and control, just as we fight for our Judges, Congressional Representatives, and Presidents to remain free from the same.

Who, besides the puppet masters, can complain?

That--or something to that effect--is what John Kerry could have said, or could be saying. It would make his comments about Stern seem all the more honest and fair.
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gate of the sun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 02:29 AM
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119. certainly they have a right to pull stern
but has he no other opinion?
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 05:49 AM
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123. So, in other words, Stern is Kerry's own Sistah Souljah...
...where Kerry will try to gain points with "middle Amercia" by "standing up for decency" against "bad influences in society."

Well, it worked for Clinton. After the Sistah Souljah incident, Bill's stock shot straight up (no Monicagate jokes, please) and he went from being a no-chance Democratic nominee to taking the lead over Bush. It might work in Kerry's favor, too.

Of course, Clinton seemed to learn from that that, when in trouble, turn against your own supporters on the left to gain ground in the center. I hope that isn't a lesson Kerry learns (at least, any more than he has already...).



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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 11:02 AM
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126. Stern's conversion to ABB is fairly recent
so I don't know that he can be called a supporter. Besides, I'm not sure there's ANY candidate who wants Mr. Stern standing by their side...

This whole issue seems blown out of proportion - Kerry answered the question he was asked. He chose not to talk about media consolidation or the FCC. Perhaps he didn't feel it was the right forum.

The right forum will come this November - after which he will throw Michael Powell out on his ass.
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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 01:31 PM
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127. A kick for Will over in GD
;-)
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 02:56 PM
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128. I must have missed it
got a link?
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