The FCC's War Against Indecency Wages On
By Don Sill
"Decency in America starts with the people," says stand-up comedian Sal Governale, a.k.a. Sal the Stockbroker, of Howard Stern's ongoing battle with the Federal Communications Commission. "Howard may offend and shock, but that doesn't mean he isn't a decent person. Who knows, the guy could be planting oak trees in Central Park right now and saving stray bunny rabbits. I wouldn't be surprised. It's those elements that make America decent. It starts with the person."

The Howard Stern Show regular continues: "Saying a dick and fart joke and finding humor in our dreaded and pathetic lives is also a decent contribution to this country. Unfortunately we live in a place where the higher-ups don't see it that way. Morals start with man. Man makes up America. Everything else is how you deal with it. And now I'm gonna do a new sex move on my wife called the 'Jon Benet' - that's where I dress her like a school girl, tie her in the basement, crack her in the jaw and cum on her face."

Governale's fiery words come after the nation's largest radio chain, Clear Channel Communications, dropped legendary shock jock Stern from its stations after federal regulators proposed fining it $495,000 for sexually explicit material that aired during the Howard Stern Show.

As part of its stepped-up enforcement of indecency regulations, the FCC fined Clear Channel the maximum $27,500 for each of 18 alleged violations. Regulators departed from their norm by citing Clear Channel for multiple violations in a single broadcast rather than simply issuing a single fine for an entire show.

"Politics always play a role in people's actions," continued Governale. "I think the FCC and Clear Channel are in cahoots, and when Stern decided to turn on Bush - for good reason - he shook the egos of some shitheads. Unfortunately, the man who speaks the truth is usually the man who is slaughtered. [It] happened to Lenny Bruce, and it's happening now."

"This is not a surprise," said Stern in a recent posting on his official Web site. "This is a follow up to the McCarthy-type 'witch hunt' of the administration and the activities of this group of presidential appointees in the FCC, led by Colin Powell Jr. and his band of players.

"It is pretty shocking that governmental interference into our rights and free speech takes place in the U.S.," the April 8th statement goes on to say. "It's hard to reconcile this with the 'Land of the Free' and the 'Home of the Brave.' I'm sure what's next is the removal of 'dirty pictures' like the 20th century German exhibit in a New York City Museum and the erotic literature in our libraries; they too will fall into their category of 'evil' as well."

"We don't need people pushing their beliefs on us and policing what we should say and how we should say it," adds Governale in his exclusive TDM interview. "It contradicts everything America stands for. I don't go in Uncle Sam's house and shut off his radio; don't do it mine!"

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