CNN reported last week that Howard Stern said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump lied about not supporting the Iraq War in 2002, but the radio legend says he has no idea what CNN was talking about.
“Basically for people who might not be aware, I said, yeah, Trump was on our show, and he was talking — I asked him about the Iraq war, and he said that he was for it,” said Stern during his radio show Monday.
Stern and co-host Robin Quivers chided CNN for taking the shock jock’s statements out of context.
Stern: So, then there was a big screaming headline on CNN — ‘Howard Stern Now Confirms.’ There’s a picture of me and Trump in an adversarial-type situation that …
Quivers: You didn’t confirm anything!
Sterns: Yeah, that ‘Howard Stern now says that Trump is lying about …’
Stern: Yeah! This was on CNN. Big headline and they brought people in. They were having a discussion — a panel discussion. And I was sitting there and I …
Quivers: Can they really do that? You didn’t say anything!
Stern: Nothing! I said nothing new. And so I emailed Trump and I wanted to explain to him that, uh, that is not what I said.
Stern said that he was simply confirming that the audio in question was from his show, not the meaning behind what Trump said.
“The only thing that I’m confirming is that the tape is from our show. That much I can confirm. That’s all I was saying,” he said.
The broadcaster added, “I don’t know how CNN came up with that headline.”
Stern said that regardless of what was said by the billionaire on his show, the program isn’t meant to be serious and people should consider that when understanding the context of Trump’s comments.
“I will say that Donald Trump was one of the best guests we ever had because he would kind of have this stream of consciousness and was not politically correct, and so he always made for a fun guest. And a lot of his stuff was in the spirit of that,” he said.
Stern continued, “So, you know, that’s what they’re using. But I think you would have to cut him some slack and say he’s doing it on ‘The Howard Stern Show’ in a fun sort of bit.”
The shock jock said that holding Trump or anybody else to something said on what is meant to be a funny morning radio show doesn’t make much sense.
“By the way, don’t hold me to everything I ever say on this show because I have no idea what I say. I know for me, I’m trying to be humorous and I think Donald Trump is trying to be humorous,” he said.
Stern said that while the attention he’s getting from the news media over the issue is good for the show, he’s still tired of it.
“I’m on every political show. The show is mentioned everywhere — which is good for the show, you know,” he said.
He continued, “I mean, listen, our names are out there in the press, but I don’t even care about any of that. I just want the election over with.”
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