December 11, 2005, - 1:08 pm

Howard Stern on Debbie Schlussel in Today’s Detroit Free Press

Here’s what Howard Stern had to say about me in today’s Detroit Free Press:
“And there may be room somewhere for metro Detroit conservative gadfly Debbie Schlussel, a regular caller to his current show.
‘I was listening to a tape of hers the other day. I said, ‘I’ve got to give Debbie some airtime on the channel.’ I’m going to do something with Debbie. I like Debbie. She’s very polarizing, which, hey, I can relate to.’
That’s always been Stern’s defense, that he’s a divisive figure only because the public isn’t used to honesty from the media.”

Howard Stern: “King of All Media” Rhapsodizes About Debbie Schlussel

Although I’m steeled to the many unfounded insults hurled my way over the years, I’m not sure why the reporter of this piece chose to gratuitously, falsely insult me by calling me a “gadfly,” since she frequently contacts me for quotes for various stories she writes in the Free Press. I wonder if she: 1) even knows what “gadfly” means; and 2) would like it if I called her “a hackneyed pop culture blowhard reporteratrix.” I think the answer is probably “no” on both counts.

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12 Responses

OK Debbie, let’s get to the real issue. What do you think of Howard moving to satellite and will you be there too?

Paul on December 11, 2005 at 1:50 pm

The liberals hate HS because he doesn’t take the BS. Sure, his show has lots of bathroom and sex humor, hey, no one forces you to listen to him. He’s got a lot of airtime to fill so this could be a great opportunity for you.

John Sobieski on December 11, 2005 at 4:31 pm

Maybe you and Beth O can do each other’s nails. Is she Jewish?

shleppy on December 11, 2005 at 5:12 pm

I think Stern is making the right move to go to satellite. But, I am skeptical it will be a big time success. It depends how much he can edit himself. If it’s just a bunch of raunchy talk and bits it will lose it’s edge quickly.
I think the government definitely overreacted after that tramp Jackson’s Super Bowl bit, but I personally think there has to be some standards for TV and radio on the public airwaves.
Debbie, you’re not a gadfly, but you definitely are polarizing, which I like a lot.

The_Man on December 11, 2005 at 6:55 pm

Gadfly? Hardly. If anything Stern registers on the gadfly meter.
Keep up the good work Debbie – you are the lady!

George on December 11, 2005 at 7:35 pm

he’s got a lot of airtime to fill and the knowledge that he”s got lots of folks that are not going to pay money knowing the money goes to the likes of Artie L.But it is a great opportunity for Debbie to build on.Adam C.who will be taking over here in So. California may prove to be good for Debbie also.But some of the ones HS works with now have no love of Debbie or her work.

danny on December 11, 2005 at 8:17 pm

Anyone speculating on what numbers of subs Sirius has to bring in over the next year to justify Stern’s 100 mil per year? 10 mil? 20 mil? Right now it looks challenging. I would say the only way they are going to get that high is if they dump the subscription rate to $3-$4 and start running 3-4 mins ads per hour.

wisemonkey on December 12, 2005 at 1:54 am

HOPEFULLY you’ll do the show screener free & just hang up on people NOT capable of getting to the point…and you take a few calls from Artie…LOL

EminemsRevenge on December 12, 2005 at 9:32 am

Looks like the reporter is using a less common definition of “gadfly” if it was meant complimentary. “provocative; goad” Debbie certainly is provocative and while “goad” is a bit negative, does get people to do things.

Shannon on December 12, 2005 at 11:26 am

So Howard Stern calls and Rush Limbaugh calls, both at the same time and both want you to come on at that moment, whose program are you going on?

MQ on December 12, 2005 at 11:33 am

H stern +Artie L.need your money please pay (month to month)and get to hear Arite blast a siren when Debbie calls in .

danny on December 12, 2005 at 7:10 pm

John Sobieski: Both liberals and conservatives hate Stern. The government loves Whoprah: Negro woman of the South. Oh and Dan the Man:
“H stern +Artie L.need your money please pay (month to month)and get to hear Arite blast a siren when Debbie calls in .
Posted by: danny at December 12, 2005 07:10 PM”
The Air raid siren is Fred er was Fred Norris. As for Beth O shleppy? She’s a Catholic Polack

KOAJaps on December 18, 2005 at 12:54 pm

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