Monday, January 30, 2006
Icing for Ann Coulter's Cake
Mind you, I do not approve of these anti-speech laws, but they are the law. It is certainly immoral to delight in a potential murder, which is what Coulter did in LR last week.
There is more further down this blog.
Police taking Stern fanatics Sirius-ly
After Howard Stern kicked his butt on the air, Steppin' Out editor Chaunce Hayden (below) got offers from Stern fans to do it for real.
Be careful if you criticize Howard Stern.
Steppin' Out mag editor Chaunce Hayden has learned that you might get death threats.
Now the Bergen County (N.J.) district attorney and Computer Crime Unit are investigating Stern acolytes who threatened Hayden with fatal violence on an online fan site after he took part in Neil Cavuto's Fox News Channel show last Monday and slammed the Sirius Satellite Radio jock.
Hayden was responding to reports that the subscription radio network plans to censor the potty-mouthed personality. "Howard spent a year marketing Sirius as uncensored radio," Hayden declared. "There is something so unethical about this that it is making me sick."
The next day, Stern slammed Hayden, once a frequent guest on his K-Rock show, and berated Cavuto for having him on.
Then the enraged fans weighed in. A typical comment posted on the Stern Fan Network: "I pray that Chaunce gets killed in a horrible and painful way very soon. ... die ya scat lovin' [homophobic epithet]."
Another Stern fan vowed to "jump the curb with my SUV and squash him like a bug."
Bergen County Detective Sgt. Andrew Donofrio told me: "We're not trying to stifle anybody's free speech, but it's against the law to threaten a man's life or threaten him with bodily harm. It's serious, and it's not something that can be tolerated."
Donofrio added that no arrests have been made, but said the New Jersey criminal code classifies a "Âterroristic threat" as a third-degree offense, the equivalent of a felony.
Hayden told me: "It's totally frightening. For a lot of these people, Howard is a religion, and it only takes one person who's the real deal."