Tuesday, January 07, 2020

"A terrible comedown"

But it's not a comedown, it's merely the inevitable result of taking the ticket, and the price that one must pay to Das Losmeister for the worldly success one is so fortuitously granted:
In any event, this latest round of interviews made for a sad spectacle. A great entertainer was disowning the best part of his oeuvre; a former rebel leader was bowing to the king to win favor at court; a master at skewering high-level hypocrisy had gone over to the other side. “You’ve gone from filth merchant to talk of the town,” Jimmy Kimmel told him in October. Stern’s opening commentaries on the interviews in his new book seem designed to make old fans wince: he considers Madonna “a kindred spirit,” calls Stephen Colbert “very evolved and emotionally connected,” praises Rosie O’Donnell for her “wisdom and graciousness,” applauds Lena Dunham for her “wisdom” and “understanding,” and touts Gwyneth Paltrow’s “humanity.” When Amy Schumer recalls the time her boyfriend touched her without explicit permission and hesitates to call it rape, Stern insists that it was, and concludes by saying, “I want to apologize for all men.” He even manages to work in a sympathetic word for Christine Blasey Ford. And the references to his own “personal growth” keep on coming. After a while, he sounds like someone who’s joined a cult.

Stern’s transformation reached its apotheosis when, on December 4, he welcomed Hillary Clinton into his studio for more than two hours. Even for a longtime fan who’d watched Stern’s persona shift over the years, I found the man who interviewed Hillary barely recognizable. Finally he was the shock jock he had always been accused of being—because his relentless flattery of the former First Lady was truly shocking. It was as if he were determined to prove that he could fawn over Hillary more fervently than her most ardent supporter. “My fantasy,” he told her, “was not only to meet you but to tell you what a hero you are to me. . . . You had the expertise I wanted in a president. . . . I wanted you to be president so bad.” He’d thought that hers would be “a spectacular presidency” because “she cares,” because she knew everything and everyone, and because she had “devoted her life to public service.” He agreed with her that Trump’s presidency has been a disaster and that Trump represents an existential threat to America. Once a hero of free speech, Stern criticized Facebook for not censoring Trump fans enough; one of Hillary’s problems in 2016, Stern told her, was that she had been “too truthful.”

Listening to this balderdash, you’d have thought that Clinton had led a saintly life, that she had been constantly set upon by jealous, corrupt inferiors, and that her career had been a spotless series of legislative and diplomatic triumphs. Buying into the notion of Hillary as a lifelong victim of the patriarchy, Stern seemed to be out to make up, in one interview, for every time he’d ever gotten a stripper to remove her top. One illuminating moment came when Stern praised Howard Zinn, the Communist author of A People’s History of the United States, a shoddy work of propaganda that has, alas, become a perennial best-seller and college text. Every Stern fan knows that Howard’s not big on books, so if he’s actually read Zinn’s opus, it’s likely his chief source of information on American history—a scary thought.

It was a stunning listening experience. When Hillary blamed James Comey (along with “the Russians and Wikileaks”) for her election loss, Stern went along with her, even though Comey had done Hillary a service by choosing not to prosecute her for clear violations of the Espionage Act. When she mentioned her emails, Stern didn’t bring up her private server or her destruction of the emails with BleachBit but instead agreed readily with her baffling claim that the emails had been “misinterpret[ed]”; when she criticized Trump’s “trade battles” and tax breaks, said that Trump was in Putin’s “camp,” and accused Trump fans (and not Antifa) of committing acts of violence around the country—and when she even knocked the booming Trump economy—Stern nodded along. He made no mention of Fusion GPS, the Clinton Foundation, her contorted version of the Benghazi episode, her dubious story about coming under fire in Bosnia, or anything else remotely scandalous in her (or her husband’s) past. Both Hillary and Stern took Joe Biden’s side in the Ukraine controversy and agreed that Trump’s famous phone call with the Ukrainian president had amounted to an “abuse of power.”

The entire interview was a case of kowtowing on an epic scale. Howard Stern, who rose to fame, in considerable part, by zapping fraudulent politicians, had now given one of the most sycophantic interviews of all time to a woman regarded by many as the most duplicitous pol of our era. It was a terrible comedown for a guy who’d earned a reputation for fearless honesty.
Howard Stern was never honest. His reputation was just another media construction, as false as the purported voice of the next big auto-tuned singer. If you are more devoted to success than you are to the truth, eventually you will be forced to dwell within the world of lies.

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Blogger Dan in Georgia January 07, 2020 10:03 AM  

The two of them deserve each other.

Blogger Stephen January 07, 2020 10:05 AM  

Howard Stern was never honest.
He was funny.
Years ago.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 07, 2020 10:21 AM  

I'm sure The God Emperor will show mercy in due time.

Blogger carnaby January 07, 2020 10:23 AM  

I never liked Stern and couldn't figure out why anyone else did. Perhaps the next big artificial shock jock will get Stern to remove his top. By then Stern will be a trans woman, if he's not already, so it will be fitting.

Blogger Silent Draco January 07, 2020 10:28 AM  

Hey, what's that pod in the corner, next to Donald Sutherland?

Blogger The Masked Menace January 07, 2020 10:31 AM  

It certainly appears that people don't rise to prominence unless they're compromised.

I wonder what they have in Howard's file?

Blogger Gulo Gulo January 07, 2020 10:34 AM  

Always disliked Stern. Thought he was just a creepy perv masquerading as a “shock jock”. I liked , his counterpart ,Imus a lot better. He was smarter, funnier and not a skeezy perv. And despite his ball licking of guys like McStain et al.. he skewered Bill-Hary viciously and openly at that Presidential shindig back in the 90s. It was delicious to watch. They both hated him after that public whipping.

Blogger Johnny January 07, 2020 10:38 AM  

Never a follower of Stern, but still I find it a disappointment that he is such a complete sellout. The stages of grief in this case are disappointment followed by contempt.

Blogger SouthRon January 07, 2020 10:43 AM  

Family that is part of the on-air talent described his entire persona as an act. The man has always been a bit soft.

RazörFist, in or out of character, is more authentic.

Blogger Dos Voltz January 07, 2020 10:43 AM  

I always thought the guy was a disgusting pervert. It's easy to make money with filth, shock, porn, naked women. Well it used to be anyway - though now it is so ubiquitous (thnx in part to (((Stern)))) that maybe it's a bit harder now to turn a (((profit))).

Hillary was friends with (((Weinstein))) (((Epstein))) and other abusers. Hell, she was married to one.

So Stern finds himself in this company and has to make the best with the bed he's made - no surprise now that he has to defend fleas, bedbugs, and typhus - all lesser evils when compared to the Plague of Hillary.

Blogger Justin Bailey January 07, 2020 10:46 AM  

And nothing of value was lost.

Blogger Karen took the Kids January 07, 2020 10:47 AM  

I watched the interview because I thought he'd ask Hillary difficult questions. Not even one. The price for approved fame? Oh, just your soul. Fuck him.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore January 07, 2020 10:48 AM  

The end of Stern began when he moved from WNBC to KROCK. He did his best work when he was being constantly harassed by management.

Blogger Oswald January 07, 2020 10:56 AM  

Stern will say anything to stay relevant. He obviously believes that being "woke" is the way to go. But like so many in the show business, he will learn that crossing your core audience in favor of a small vocal minority will result in a sharp decline in ratings. I predict you will see him go back to his old ways to make a buck again.

Blogger Maniac January 07, 2020 11:00 AM  

Stern is proof that even rich people can be losers.

Blogger 351wsl January 07, 2020 11:04 AM  

Not trying to be edgy, but I never found him very funny, witty or entertaining. He always seemed contrived to me. Frankly, I wasn't surprised he kissed the ring.

Blogger Balkan Yankee January 07, 2020 11:04 AM  

Back in the early 90s, Stern had a short-lived television show with a segment called Lesbian Love Connection.

He missed an opportunity with the HRC interview.

Blogger Out of Nod January 07, 2020 11:06 AM  

Never got into Howard Stern. He came off as someone who always pushed the envelope further away from decency - especially at a time when South Park and Beavis and Butthead were doing the same. His influence helped accelerate the decline.

In the end though, he has gone as far as he could go. There is no one left to shock - the Internet provides more shocking material then anything Stern could ever provide.

Blogger Jeroth January 07, 2020 11:10 AM  

He did his job. Similarly, Sacha Baron Cohen recently gave a speech to the ADL about cracking down on "hate speech". Both were Jewish weapons of cultural degeneracy and both have outlived their usefulness.

Blogger Nostromo January 07, 2020 11:42 AM  

That's a scary image. As an already ugly man, dressed up as a woman, he would be hideous.

Blogger Carl B. January 07, 2020 11:44 AM  

Just another New York Jew selling snake-oil to the suckers.

Blogger Akulkis January 07, 2020 11:44 AM  

I had an acquaintance who used to listen to Stern a lot and I had the dubious fortune of overhearing Stern's show... this would be about 12~25 years ago.

Never found him more than marginally funny.

Mostly just the usual grade-schoolish (((anatomical & toilet humor))) which seems to be a unique fascination of his tribe.

My acquaintance was all happy about Stern's move to satellite radio (Either Stern or station owners got sick of the constant flow of FCC complaints), on the theory that, without having to worry about FCC regs, Stern can be totally free and uninhibited.

Stern being allowed to be totally uninhibited Stern in a studio was probably a step down. At least when he had to dodge FCC regs, it required a minimum level of cleverness for him to do his bits without getting his mic cut. His satellite show, at least the last I ever heard it, just allowed him to wallow in his swirling aggregation of filth. Dismal.

Blogger Johnny January 07, 2020 11:51 AM  

Sacha Baron Cohen is a creepy character, by which I mean creeper then usual. No redemption in his humor. He doesn't so much point out flaws as simply treat other people with contempt.

Blogger SemiSpook37 January 07, 2020 12:10 PM  

Personally, I never really saw the allure of Stern's show. Sure, "Private Parts" was mildly entertaining, but the fact that he divorced his first wife almost immediately after that came out signaled to me that his whole schtick was BS.

The guy that has his old slot at DC101 is significantly more entertaining, and has been there at least 10 times as long as he was. And as for SXM, there are at least 50 channels that I'd go to before even perusing both of his, and the majority of those would be strictly music, anyways.

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei January 07, 2020 12:11 PM  

I is confuz-ed. There are people who believe that Howard Stern, the ne plus ultra of neurotic Jews obsessed with degeneracy and filth, was some sort of "fearless" seeker after truth and speaker of said truth to power? He was never anything more than a whore for cash and attention, much of his "humor" was merely cruelty disguised as camaraderie, and most of those he "zapped" were the weak or needy or merely faceless middle managers.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 07, 2020 12:22 PM  

While Jews are typed as being good merchants, the one thing they are best at selling is themselves.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia January 07, 2020 12:32 PM  

Yep, Stern's a complete sellout, but the tragedy -- if you stoop so low to call it that -- is that he didn't have to do that, he could have kept going being the "shock" jock, even if he didn't really mean it.

Alas Vox is right -- as he often is, alas: Stern was fake from the get go, pure poseur. This "mellowing" is just conclusive evidence, if any more were needed.

Respectability is a bitch.

Anyway, the live music performances he has on, however, can be really good. So there's that.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( no need to be racist, Ratchets can Karen better than anybody ) January 07, 2020 12:35 PM  

from circa 95-2000 i was in the DC area and the rock station i preferred had Stern on in the morning
so my alarm would go off and that's what i'd wake up too in the morning.

more than half of his show seemed to be him complaining about how every other shock jock DJ in the country was stealing his gimmicks and how he was the only one true original and innovative morning shock jock in the country
without ever once being original or innovative, so far as i could tell.

i don't know how many times i'm supposed to listen to you blather about how awful and derivative Opie & Anthony or Bubba the Love Sponge are without wondering why Howard is awful and derivative, but there didn't seem to be any limit to how many times Howard would complain about it.

i saw his movie once and laughed at several bits in it.

i never once laughed at his radio show.

isn't that a bit of problem when your claim to fame is that you're one of the funniest men on the air?

Blogger peacefulposter January 07, 2020 12:47 PM  

@23 Johnny - Sasha Baron Cohen doesn't so much point out flaws as simply treat other people with contempt.

That is the difference between Cohen and, say, Tom Green. Cohen deliberately set out to make people look foolish whereas Tom Green's pranks were never at the expense of his "victims".

Blogger Lunchbag Lizard January 07, 2020 12:49 PM  

Let's not forget. Howard Stern laughed at the victims of the Columbine massacre and literally criticized the perps for not raping some of the cute female victims before killing them. What a scumbag.

Blogger pdwalker January 07, 2020 1:14 PM  

has he been to Epstein's island?

Blogger Geir Balderson January 07, 2020 1:20 PM  

I suppose Howard will be Hilliary's 'fan' boy in Hades. Literally.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 07, 2020 1:24 PM  

Stern was actually one of the many points of degeneracy in the 1990s. He was part and parcel of the kind of sickened culture of belittlement and crassness that started in the late 1980s.
If this is not serious, think of it this way. Prior to the late 1980s, humor was based on plainly funny stuff. But over time, in order to get ratings, that was not enough.
So you ended up with a show like "Married with Children". Suddenly it's funny to hate people. At the same time came the rise of Heraldo and Morton Downy Jr. Some of the total chimpouts that occurred on their shows gained legendary high ratings - being pre-internet - and this gave rise to Jerry Springer. Spring was more than just a show, it was a form of entertainment.
And Stern with much of his content being about enmity with everything from the FCC to other radio hosts, plus his finding of strange or bad people and showcasing them - was a huge part of this sickness.
By the mid 1990s we had Seinfeld. Also the WB network, mostly black humor, was a cornerstone of hate entertainment.
The seriousness is this: now you have a culture based on this. And this, ultimately, is how you end up with mass killings. When you have a culture based on deriving entertainment and satisfaction based on singling out and humiliating people - whether they deserve it or not but I'll get on that later - then eventually one or two out of a million will get the idea to try to kill everybody they know or went to school with.
As for "deserving it"... .well that's the huge rub. Maybe Al Bundy did "deserve it" for being a grouch. Maybe the fat women who went to his shoe store deserved it too. But notice how the category of "deserved it" changed over the years?
Now if you are a man, you deserve it. If you are white, you deserve it. If you are heterosexual, you deserve it. If you believe in Jesus or own a gun, you deserve it. So when a leftist snarks "how come only white males shoot up places?" - though not statistically true - we can ask who is the one group that it's safe to hate, belittle, blame for everything, ostracize, sexually and ethnically shame, etc?
It was, before that, in my youth that there were a few bullies but the majority of our peers were mostly decent people. They didn't go out of their way to stop the bullies but they didn't go joining in on the "fun" either.
Now it's everybody, and I have even seen grown adults in adult workplaces do this to individuals for reasons I cannot understand. I quit a well paying job when I saw this. Their target simple found somewhere else to work. Imagine if he had been on some medications or was a depressive at the end of his rope? If he shot up the place, the people who singled him out would have, the survivors that is, been in front of the cameras saying what? Would they say "oh that's the guy we had fun with, spreading rumors about him, screwing with his work, making sure all the women would never talk to him". No they all say the same thing "He was so quiet. Kept to himself really".
And now everybody is like "yeah those quiet guys (omegas?). Watch out!".
Were it up to me Stern would have been shut up long ago, but lacking that, viewed as having committed crimes against our civilization. And yeah I did listen to his show. All of New York did.
The only thing Stern did right was he never shied away from talking about black on white racism. He was the only one talking about that in "PC Wave 1" back in the 90s.

Blogger Lunchbag Lizard January 07, 2020 1:24 PM  

Howard Stern also got a nose job to make his nose look less Semitic. It's true. Look at his very old photos (i.e. the ones from the 70s before he hit it big) and contrast them with his photos from the 90s. If he was willing to change his own face, it's not a surprise that he is willing to change his persona.

Blogger Elijah January 07, 2020 1:31 PM  

stern was always a nasty pornographer but he, at least, use to zap some of the elites. Now he , like taylor swift had to sell out because the devil worshipers have real dirt on them. he is a coward.

Blogger Trump Ally January 07, 2020 1:43 PM  

Stern is and always will be a perverted conman. As Savage always said he ought to be working in seedy stripclubs making obscene characters out of ballons.

This latest incarnation is just thelatest con.

Blogger Dos Voltz January 07, 2020 2:00 PM  

The people who applaud Stern are the same ones who call Lenny Bruce a "hero" and vote Ulysses the best novel in the English language.

If your Schtick is buttsex, the chosen will cheer it on and push it on the public like the CIA with cheap opiates.

Blogger Azimus January 07, 2020 2:37 PM  

He wants Larry King's gig

Blogger MidnightSun January 07, 2020 2:42 PM  

He was a disgusting POS, is a disgusting POS and will die a disgusting POS. End.

Blogger Lunchbag Lizard January 07, 2020 3:02 PM  

On New York City’s WNBC in 1982, Stern pioneered a sketch show called “Virgin Mary Kong,” in which the Virgin Mary runs from a group of men who are trying to rape her so she won’t be able to call herself “Virgin” anymore. “At the end of the bit the Virgin Mother was impregnated by some dude who pushed her up against the wall of a singles bar. Anyway, I thought it was a great skit,” recalls Stern in his book.

While considering the motives of the male students who murdered 12 classmates and one teacher, the “shock jock” mused: “There were some really good-looking girls running out with their hands over their heads. Did those kids try to have sex with any of the good-looking girls? They didn’t even do that? At least if you’re going to kill yourself and kill all the kids, why wouldn’t you have some sex? If I was going to kill some people, I’d take them out with sex.”

Gee Howard, it would be a real shame if your past comments came back to haunt you, wouldn't it? You might even lose some of your newfound pals.

Anonymous Anonymous January 07, 2020 4:43 PM  

He used to be entertaining back in the day. I enjoyed his interviews and the bands that would play live. When he went satellite, I no longer commuted, and even then couldn't justify the dough.

Fact of the matter now is he's old. What is he? 65-66? and part of a Manhattan culture I find repulsive. No surprise he's now a Hillary lick-spittle. Which is astonishing, because it was Clinton's FCC that tormented him the most.

Living proof that it's better to burn out than it is to rust.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl January 07, 2020 5:05 PM  

He was a warmongering NY Jew who spent all of his time degrading gentile women for his sick shiksa fantasy, (like 99.999% of Jews), coarsening the culture, normalizing degeneracy and raving about mass murdering every Muslim on the planet, at the expense of poor white goyim lives
He is, and always was, human garbage.

Blogger Manuel January 07, 2020 5:08 PM  

@33 I would also add the Simpsons to that early 90s descent into perversion. "Look at stupid dad! ha ha!" was basically Simpsons humor.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl January 07, 2020 5:11 PM  

He never cared about black on white racism or any I'll event effecting the goyim. Like the majority of Jews, he's always immenselydisliked the schwartze, AKA, black goyim & his only concern was how the black/Jew dynamic played out. Like all narcissistic yids, his focus has always been about the racial issues inside of his NYC bubble.

Blogger The Pitchfork Rebel January 07, 2020 5:36 PM  


"Stern is proof that even rich people can be losers."

Stern is also (more) proof that even losers can be rich people. He peddled cultural debasement for money.

Blogger JD Curtis January 07, 2020 5:41 PM  

Years ago, when Stern would make a somewhat witty observation or so so humorous joke with a guest/caller, he would often do so in a dull, monotone voice. I'm pretty sure it was Jackie the Joke Man Martling writing it down on a slip of paper and passing it on to Stern to read on the air.
After Martling left, I thought there was a noticeable dropoff in humor on the show. I truly feel sorry for Artie Lange who eventually replaced Martling.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 07, 2020 6:18 PM  

I just realized that there was once a time when the Clintons would have been ashamed to be associated with Stern. The peak of Stern's career was in the 1990s but then such a thing was beneath the Clintons.
Things have changed but not any better for the Clintons. Would Hitlery ever have given the time of day to someone who made rape jokes?
The silence of the SJWs tells us what level of gay-op this all is.

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 07, 2020 6:56 PM  

The mistake people make is in thinking there's a contrast between a man who would have people debase themselves for shock ratings, and a man who would kiss up to an evil leader. There isn't. It all has the same motive. Some of the shocking behavior might have offended feminists or the PC crowd, but that's not why he did it.

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Blogger bramley January 07, 2020 7:26 PM  

Howard Stern is basically Ellen Degeneres with a J-fro.

Who's the pig vomit now, Howie?

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey January 07, 2020 7:48 PM  

When Howard Stern got fired from DC101 they brought in this crazy character named "The Greaseman". This guy was amazing. He was an immensely talented comedian with a natural gift for storytelling and timing. Odd, eccentric and off-color, yes. He was a shock-jock, too. But he took over for Howard's show and carried it solo, and he did the unexpected and increased the rating over Stern.

Later when the Greaseman got inevitably in trouble over some of his comments, as all shock-jocks do, Stern was cheerleader for his demise. And what a demise that was, that "you'll never work in this town again, kid" thing worked on the Greaseman. His career was destroyed.

That was many years ago now the Greaseman is largely forgotten. But it's when I knew Howard was full of it. He was all for free speech when his butt was on the line, and at the same time he would work to destroy his peers for their on-air improprieties. A fraud.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf January 07, 2020 8:17 PM  

Stern did his part to denigrate and disintegrate Western civilization. I hope he's around to play his part in the final act of this farce.

Blogger Lunchbag Lizard January 07, 2020 9:19 PM  

Stern was always a vile human being. Once he's dead, I hope that he's buried face-down so that he can see where he's going.

Blogger wreckage January 08, 2020 3:04 AM  

I think he just didn't want to not commit suicide....

Blogger John Rockwell January 08, 2020 9:21 AM  

The pleasure of sin lasts for a season(Hebrews 11:25). But pleasure at God's right hand is ever improving, superior and eternal.(Psalm 16:11).

Just as Judas sold Jesus exchanging the penultimate Eden of the New Jerusalem of unparalleled beauty and splendor for 30 pieces of Silver.

So this man for the temporary rewards of this earth exchanged his soul.

How foolish.

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