Right after the first residential debate between Republican nominee Donald J. Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, CNN used the Clinton campaign’s spin about Trump’s view on the Iraq War.
For days, CNN constantly used an old clip of Howard Stern’s radio show to “prove” Trump at one time supported the war. This bothered Howard Stern to the point where he had to take action.
First, Stern emailed Donald Trump to explain that wasn’t what he said. Then, he set the record straight.
After CNN published the headline “Howard Stern Says Trump Backed Iraq War In 2002” last week, the radio shock jock said he doesn’t know “how CNN came up with that headline” during Monday’s episode of “The Howard Stern Show.”
Here is the full transcript:
Howard Stern: I got so upset because, you know, let’s face it, tapes from our show featuring Donald Trump have been used in the campaign. And the other day, I was talking to Robin on the air, and I said to her, yeah, you know it was really surreal sorta laying there in bed and watching them mention my name on the debate. And I said, 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.
Robin Quivers: ‘Well, I guess you have to be,’ or something like that. It wasn’t like an enthusiastic…
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…’
*Groans in studio*
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.
Quivers: They took the tape and they used it.
Stern: They took the tape. I don’t provide tape to people. They’re now combing through tapes and dragging up statements that he might have said.
Then, Stern explained how Trump was one of his favorite guests:
Stern: 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. But he did say it. 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.
Clearly, CNN has shown their bias throughout this election cycle. This story was pieced together just to make Donald Trump look bad.
Howard Stern is clearly convinced that Trump never supported the Iraq War and his statement just embarrassed CNN.