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Howard’s Franken-quote: There’s out of context, and then, there’s the AP…

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You know, having just read the EW interview with Howard Stern today, it was abundantly, endlessly clear that Stern was kidding when he said that he resented those fans who hadn’t yet bought a Sirius subscription.

Indeed, within the EW piece itself, Stern is even described as laughing as he says:

“I want to say to my audience in this article, ‘F— you! You haven’t come with me yet? How dare you?’ [Laughs] ‘We’re up to wild, crazy stuff, the show has never sounded better. You cheap bastard!’”

This should be filed under playful, good-natured ribbing.

What is the AP’s reaction?

A headline that says “Howard Stern Lashes Out at Some Fans,” and a story that omits the laughter, making it seem as thought Stern is a raving psychopath with a persecution complex.

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“It’s insulting to me that everyone hasn’t come with me. I take it personally,” he says. “I want to say to my audience … ‘You haven’t come with me yet? How dare you? We’re up to wild, crazy stuff, the show has never sounded better. You cheap bastard!’”

I mean, we know wire services are suppossed to play it straight, but this is beyond the pale; it’s a reality TV “Franken-edit” unbecoming a major news organization.

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