Howard Stern Called Democrats and FCC Communists-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded email alleging that radio
personality Howard Stern vowed to never vote for a Democrat again,
saying that Democrats and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The Truth: It is true that Howard Stern
made these comments on his radio show in 2008.
At the time of his comments the FCC
had not approved a proposed merger between satellite radio stations
Sirius Radio and XM Radio.
here to listen
to his comments on an excerpt of the show.
Later that year the FCC approved the
satellite radio merger, resulting in the creation of SiriusXM.
here to read the press release of the merger.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Sirius Radio host Howard Stern is incensed that
Democratic members of the Federal Communications Commission oppose his
network’s upcoming merger with Satellite XM Radio. As a result, he vowed
never to vote for another Democrat again.
Although the merger passed FCC scrutiny, it was done against the wishes
of Democrats, who the “shock jock” called “communists” and “gangsters.”
He described a phone conversation he’d had with his agent earlier on his
Friday show to sidekick Robin Quivers.
“I go, ‘That’s it!’” Stern said. “[I] go, ‘You know what Don, I’ve voted
Republican and I’ve voted Democrat. I have vowed I will never vote for a
Democrat again. I don’t give a [expletive] – no matter who they are. I
don’t care if God becomes a Democrat.’ I said, ‘I backed Hillary
Clinton, I backed Al Gore, I backed John Kerry. I am done with them.’"