Past-His-Prime Howard Stern Plays Media Like a Fiddle

Howard Stern christened himself the King of All Media on the top of his fame, and the media accepted it as reality.

Stern could also be a shell of his previous self in the present day, however his knack for gaming the press hasn’t ebbed with age.

The 68-year-old radio icon is aware of easy methods to gin up publicity, though for years the reward got here organically. The shock jock would do one thing outrageous, like Lesbian Dial-a-Date or mocking KKK officers, and the press would dutifully cowl it.

Or, in lots of instances, clutch its collective pearls over his antics.

The press loathed Stern for many years, however reporters nonetheless gave him the copious protection he craved.

Now, Stern marches in lockstep with the press. He’s embraced most of its most popular narratives, which simply so occur to overlap with the progressive agenda.

  • Free speech? Not price defending
  • COVID-19? The most draconian measures aren’t sufficient
  • President Trump? Must be stopped in any respect prices
  • Hillary Clinton? Boy, can we miss her
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo? A pandemic celebrity

So it’s no shock to listen to him sound like a HuffPo blogger concerning the tip of Roe v. Wade. He desires to pack the Supreme Court court docket, restore Roe v. Wade and provides the presidency extra powers than the Constitution permits.

Stern added one caveat, although. President Stern would make the entire above a actuality.


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He beforehand threatened a presidential run final yr with a view to smite Trump, a former visitor on his SiriusXM showcase. The talker did so once more this week, vowing a restricted agenda alongside the way in which.

“The different factor is, if I do run for president, and I’m not f***ing round, I’m actually desirous about it, as a result of the one different factor I’m going to do is appoint 5 extra Supreme Court justices … I’m not afraid to do it. As quickly as I change into president, you’re gonna get 5 new Supreme Court justices which can be going to overturn all this bulls***.”

The solely method he’ll go away his radio studio for the White House? Trump. A second Trump presidential run would set off Candidate Stern.

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Of course, his anti-Trump shtick would erase most of his right-leaning assist. And a fast peek at Stern’s radio past, teeming with essentially the most problematic materials attainable, would finish any liberal love he might conceivably decide up.

Then once more, it’s simply an act.

Stern ran for New York governor within the ’90s however ended his marketing campaign when compelled to disclose his funds. In quick, he wasn’t a severe contender.

That’s much more true now, particularly since he fears COVID-19 so much he can be much less seen than Joe Biden through the 2020 election marketing campaign. Still, Stern is aware of simply mentioning a presidential run will carry reporters scrambling to his facet just like the previous days. Especially if it’s framed from a progressive standpoint.

Except now it’s a one-day story, and nobody takes him severely.



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