Betcha didn’t know that our still-around-town former mayor is a complete crank, did you? Keep this in mind every time you see his name pop up.
(For the record, there were never any “expletives” broadcast here…)
NEWS RELEASE from MORALITY IN MEDIA, Inc.
NEW YORK (February 27, 2004) – Michael R. Hastings, former Mayor of Burbank, Calif., and a [then] member of Morality in Media’s Board of Directors, has some questions seeking personal and corporate clarity from Viacom executive Mel Karmazin:
“Mr. Karmazin: In your testimony before Congress on February 11th, you stated that if ‘certain expletives’ were broadcast on Viacom stations—including the Infinity Broadcasting stations Viacom owns—this would result in ‘appropriate action, up to and including termination … against any Viacom employee who violates this policy.’
“And yet, despite your very public warning, on February 24th a very offensive discussion of sexual activities and organs was aired during the Howard Stern radio program. Infinity radio stations broadcast this sexual content during morning drive time.
“Will you be taking ‘appropriate action’ against Howard Stern – and, if not, why?
“Do you believe that the program content that prompted Clear Channel to pull the plug on Howard Stern was suitable for Viacom owned stations?
“In your testimony, Mr. Karmazin, you apologized for the Justin Timberlake / Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime incident. You called that ‘unacceptable conduct’ – but you haven’t fired Howard Stern? Does that mean that the sexual content on the February 24th Howard Stern program was acceptable under community standards?
“Howard Stern is still on Viacom owned radio stations. Please help me understand: Does this mean that you and Viacom’s shareholders consider the Howard Stern program acceptable for the broadcast media—24 hours a day? I’d really like to know.” Author: MIM 02/27/2004
Hastings was so upset about Janet Jackson’s nipple slip at the Super Bowl that he tried to use it to get Howard Stern (of all people) fired from the public airwaves.
“Hand him ‘dem smelling salts quick, Mizz Fanny. He may not make it tills we’s gets home.”
This folks is a great example of the kind of community nutcases who have driven our Burbank into the ground — over the years they’ve turned this town into more of a laughingstock than it ever was in Laugh-In’s most silly sketches.
Trust them not. Not now, not then, not ever. Keep them away from the reins of power.
Hastings also has a thing up his ass about what he calls pornography, which is almost anything that has to do with sex in action. For years he was on the national board of a legendary crank outfit called (hilariously, and without any sense of irony), “Morality in Media.”
In case you don’t remember them, they got famous in the late 1970s for trying to pull stunts like this:
Morality in Media had petitioned the FCC to deny renewal of WGBH for broadcasting a number of programs including an “unidentified installment of the Masterpiece Theatre series,” which contained all seven of Carlin’s filthy words; several episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which included “vulgarity, nudity, and sacrilege”; and a program entitled Rock Follies, which contained “obscenities” such as “shit” and
Public TV and Monty Python? Imagine that (nudge nudge, wink wink). And love how Masterpiece Theatre actually had all seven of George’s Carlin’s FCC words.
Who’d have thought?
Wonder if he’s keeping up on things like he used to…
The US porn industry has come to a standstill after two star performers tested HIV positive. Tyler Faith (Porn Actress); Sharon Mitchell (Adult Industry Healthcare Foundation); Michael Hastings (Morality in Media).
Oh, Hastings also used to help run Sebastian Hair Care products. Of this you can write your own joke, here _________________.
We’ve got better things to do … like patrolling the Internet! Somebody has to. Right Mike?