Analysis of Ventura-Stern Ticket in Forbes

The accelerating momentum of a Jesse Ventura and Howard Stern ticket in 2016 continues to be a laughing matter for some but the more I consider it the more convinced I am that if things keep heading the way they are, the two could attract a critical mass large enough to – at the very least – elevate an issue or two to national prominence.


Because this motley crew may already be closer to the center of American politics than either of the two major political parties.

jesse ventura 2016As indicated previously, I define the new center as the Wanniski-Tamny tripod – the three major areas of concern for the electorate. Those being Economic Growth, Social Tolerance and Less Entanglement in Foreign Affairs. The latter two of the three figured prominently in last week’s interview of Governor Ventura by Mr. Stern.

When you listen to Ventura in various forums the clear voice of a Populist-Libertarian emerges and not only that a shrewd strategist’s mind informed by years of experience 1) in pop culture, providing entertainment as a professional wrestler 2) political experience (as Mayor of Brooklyn Park Minnesota and then Governor of the state) and 3) investigative journalism (as host of the popular Tru TV series, “Conspiracy Theory”).

The finished product is a still physically-imposing man capable of defeating anyone politician in debate. But his greatest insight maybe the ongoing wooing of Stern as running mate, which would bring with it hours of free advertising (the same that NBC’s America’s Got Talent enjoys thanks to Stern being one of its judges) with little regulatory restriction since Stern’s show is broadcast on Sirius-XM which escapes onerous FCC rules.

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Howard Stern Tops Forbes’ Highest-Paid TV Personality List

americas judgeWhat do Simon Cowell and Howard Stern both have in common? They’re both rich; that’s what and according to the latest figures, they’re both about $95 million richer than they were this time last year.

According to Forbes’ annual countdown of the ‘Highest-Paid TV Personalities,’ Cowell and Stern are joint top of this year’s list, earning $5 million short of $100,000,000 in the space of the last twelve months.

Stern has made his millions from his work on radio, although his time as a judge on America’s Got Talent reportedly earned him $15 million. He could have made it to the top of the chart had he succeeded in his lawsuit against Sirius XM.

The DJ claimed that the satellite radio company duped him out of $300 million; money he earned from reaching certain subscriber milestones, however he was unsuccessful in his case as Sirius claims that he only met these targets because of the company’s merger with XM.

Moving on with the list, at number three was right-wing Fox News preacher Glenn Beck, who has scored a reported $90 million in the past year through his TV work and his website, which charges people $100 to see videos of Beck doing what he does on TV.

Meanwhile, falling from first place last year, Oprah Winfrey was fourth in the list this time round, taking $77 million in earning over the last twelve months. With $72 million, Oprah’s daytime chat cohort Dr Phil McGraw finished off the top spot.

Howard Stern 3rd in Forbes Celebrity Money List

Howard Stern Forbes Money ListAfter two years as a runner-up, Oprah Winfrey was named the most-powerful celebrity last week by Forbes, heading the six women and four men who make up the top 10.

Singer Lady Gaga came in second, followed by director/producer Steven Spielberg and singers Beyonce and Madonna.

“There is nobody else with that kind of consistency and power,” said Dorothy Pomerantz of

“There are only three people who have been on every single one of our lists since 1999. It is Oprah, Howard Stern and Steven Spielberg.”

Stern lost on an attempt to revive his lawsuit against Sirius claiming that the satellite radio company owes him $300 million for reaching certain subscriber milestones.

Even without those millions Stern is well compensated, earning $95 million a year, making him the 3rd highest paid celebrity in the world. In addition to the money he gets to produce his SiriusXM show, Stern is paid a reported $15 million to serve as one of the judges on America’s Got Talent.