CNN published a story at the end of September which was picked up nationally, Howard Stern Says Trump Backed Iraq War In 2002. Howard started his show last week by clearing things up after CNN took him out of context to create a scandalous story. Stern went on to say he wasn’t sure how “CNN came up with that headline.”
“I emailed Trump,” Stern said, “and I wanted to explain to him that [‘Trump backed Iraq War in 2002’] is not what I said.”
Howard 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…
Robin Quivers: You didn’t confirm anything!
Howard Stern: Yeah, that ‘Howard Stern now says that Trump is lying about…’ 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…
Robin Quivers: Can they really do that? You didn’t say anything!
Howard 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. 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.
Robin Quivers: Well, you see what the press does. They make up things!
Howard Stern: Yeah. I didn’t come out with it. The tape is what the tape is. Make of it what you will.
Howard 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 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.