A listener sent Howard a clip and it made him angry at Bill Maher all over again for taking a comment Howard made in an emotional reaction to 9/11 about bombing a Muslim country and used it deflect Maher’s own immediate reaction, which was that we have been cowardly; the terrorists were not cowards.
Maher, naturally, never directly talks about the comments he made.
Legendary crooner Tony Bennett, 85, appeared on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show on Monday night to promote his upcoming release “Duets II.” The conversation took a bizarre turn after Stern asked Bennett, a veteran of World War II, how the United States should deal with the terrorists who were responsible for destroying the World Trade Center.
Bennett: ”Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
Stern: They are the ones who started it — flying that plane into the World Trade Center. What do you do?
Bennett: I don’t know about that.
Stern: Are you one of those conspiracy guys who actually thinks they didn’t fly the plane…that the government started it?
Bennett: They flew the plane in but we caused it.
Bennett: Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.
Bennett then went on to describe an encounter with President George W. Bush at the Kennedy Center in 2005 where Bennett was being honored. Regarding the war in Iraq, “He told me personally that night that, he said, ‘I think I made a mistake,’” said Bennett.
Bennett told Stern he believed that the president made the revelation because “he had a special liking to me.”
Late Tuesday afternoon, Bennett released a statement saying “I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity, and my desire for peace throughout the world.”
Howard replayed a short interview he played the other day that Stuttering John did with Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson. After playing the clip Howard and the crew were talking about how hot Pam is and about some of the sexual experiences they’ve had throughout their lives. Howard had just told a story about a ”friend” of his who rubbed one out while his date slept and he ended up leaving a mess on her ass. Howard’s buddy Ralph then called in laughing like he’d heard the story before. He said he was the one who told Howard the story, that’s why he was laughing. Anyway, Ralph called in to tell Howard that he could have gotten Pam the last time they hung out together. Ralph thinks Howard was just dumb and he should have just gone for it and banged her.
During this discussion Howard broke in with the news that the World Trade Center had been hit by an airplane. Ralph went to his window and saw that there was a huge fire over there. He ended up getting off the phone to go watch. Howard then spent the rest of the show watching news reports from the scene and taking calls from eyewitnesses. At one point Howard said he was speechless as he watched the fire burning in the World Trade Center.
As the morning went on Howard had live audio feeds from the CBS network that he let through over the air. Crazy Cabbie called in and was just about crying as he vented his frustration with the whole terrorism thing. He thinks that the President needs to take action as soon as possible and put a stop to terrorists around the world.
Howard’s General Manager Tom Chiusano told Howard that staying on the air was a good idea to let people have an outlet. Howard thought about getting off the air shortly after all of this news broke but Tom convinced him to stay on the air. The phones were all tied up throughout the city so it was tough to take phone calls as the morning progressed. Cabbie stayed on the line and gave his eyewitness account of what he was seeing from his building in Brooklyn. He saw the collapse of the trade center buildings and you could hear his voice quivering as he described the collapse. Very scary stuff. Howard pretty much gave up control of his show and turned it over to the audio feed from CBS TV.
(Update: 4:45pm) Howard stayed on the air until approximately 12:15pm covering the news of the terrorist attacks. His coverage was pretty serious but there were still some light moments. He was doing such a great job that Tom Chiusano convinced him to stay until after noon. Luckily Howard’s radio station wasn’t close to the terrorist attacks so everyone was safe. Some employees left early to try and go home to loved ones. KC left the building because he didn’t feel safe up on the 14th floor where the studios are based. Gary also left when he heard that traffic was able to leave the city. His family is located in Connecticut and he wanted to get home to them. During the CBS news coverage Howard called his loved ones and touched base with them to find out if everyone was okay. As of noon it sounded like his immediate family was all okay.
Troubled comic Artie Lange landed in the hospital after stabbing himself nine times in an apparent suicide attempt, sources told The Post. Lange’s frantic mom called 911 Saturday morning after she entered his Hoboken apartment and found the bloodied funnyman, a law-enforcement source said. Lange sustained six “hesitation wounds” and three deep plunges. A source close to Lange’s management team confirmed that the Howard Stern sidekick stabbed himself, adding that his mother had come to visit him that day to drop off food. Surgeons managed to save Lange despite heavy bleeding. “We all have our demons,” Stern said on-air this week, referring to Lange’s past battles with addiction. “Artie has given this show tremendous moments of great comedy. He’s a tremendous contributor. He is a good man. Don’t forget how great he is.”
The Howard Stern September 11, 2001, Broadcast. Everyone should hear this show but it can be difficult to listen to. A lot of speculation and emotion as news was breaking. The full video of the broadcast can be found here:
2:18:00: Gary interrupts banter about Pam Anderson to report that a plane has hit the World Trade Center. No one hints at the severity of what is to come.
2:19:00: Howard jokes about feeling like Dan Rather, imitating a news anchor throwing it to a correspondent in the field.
2:19:30: Gary wonders out loud if terrorism is a possibility.
2:21:00: Crew resumes its discussion of Pam Anderson.
2:25:00: Just eight minutes after Stern listeners were made aware of the first attack, it’s reported that a second plane has crashed into the World Trade Center. Now there is no doubt: this is terrorism.
2:28:00: An angry Stern says, “I can’t say it, but I know who it is. They’re doing it over here now.” He is certain it’s a suicide mission by Islamic fundamentalists.
2:29:00: Stern says, “We are at war. But who are we at war with?”
2:31:00: Someone on the line thinks all the “towelheads” should be “thrown out of the country.”
2:33:00: A caller interjects a bit about Pam Anderson. His statement is dismissed.
2:34:00: Stern is the first to mention the name Bin Laden. The shock jock is ahead of so many on the thinking curve this morning.
2:59:00: It’s reported that a plane has crashed into the Pentagon.
3:09:00: Stern laments that not enough has been done to stop this shit and, in the process, calls France a bunch of “fakes.”
3:11:00: Stern tells Robin that her driver is leaving and “doesn’t care how she gets home.” It’s meant to add a shred of levity. No one is really sure whether they should leave anyway. Howard thinks out loud on several occasions about whether he should still be doing the show. The general manager assures him that the show is providing a service for everyone around the country listening through syndication. It’s giving callers a chance to talk about it.
3:13:00: Wack Pack member High-Pitch Eric calls in with his reactions. I have to admit I kinda laughed. That voice, man. He always sounds panicked anyway.
3:13:30: The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses.
3:43:00: The north tower of the World Trade Center collapses.
3:44:00: Someone asks, “What have we done to deserve this?”
4:03:00: Howard says that this is different than Vietnam, that he would enlist in a second. A caller says, “I’m right behind you.” I am reminded of a similar sentiment expressed by then Mets manager Bobby Valentine.
4:03:30: Gary wonders how he’ll explain this to his son.
In between there are erroneous reports about the planes: how many are missing, how big they are, where they left from and where they’re headed. The pieces fit now, but the audio file is a historic reminder of how long it took to glue them together, and the emotions we experienced during the mass confusion. It was, of course, the day of the unthinkable. No words on this page capture the human element of 9/11 as accurately as the audio file does.