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Was Howard Stern an Idiot to Compare Sony Threats to 9/11?

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Howard Stern is in familiar territory once again: having people attack him for making what they think are in some way insensitive comments. This time it has to do with how Stern compared the Sony hack to an act of terrorism and 9/11 on his Sirius Satellite radio show.

While speaking with Seth Rogen, star of the movie The Interview which has been the cause of all of Sony’s problems, Stern commented, “This attack is no different than a 9/11-type attack, ” Stern said. “They stole this material. It probably was North Korea. They want to f–k with Sony. They’re really pissed off. It’s outrageous. The President should have announced immediately we’re under attack.”

This came after Rogen has said, “I do think it’s fucked up how everyone is doing exactly what these criminals want.”

Stern added, “The country should have rallied around Sony. We should have as Americans said, ‘This is wrong, we’re under attack.”

This all came before Sony officially pulled the movie yesterday.

The New York Daily News went after Stern for his comments with a headline calling him an idiot. “Hey Howard… this is 9/11, idiot, ” it read.

But the editor in question who wrote the opinion piece did not use his name which prompted Stern to say, “This is just the worst kind of journalism, ” and “From what I’ve read, I don’t think Mort Zuckerman would approve of this.”

“I can’t stand being called an idiot by the New York Daily News, ” said Stern. “Bill Cosby wasn’t even called an idiot.”

The paper quoted Caroline Shay of Staten Island, who lost her brother, 27-year-old Cantor Fitzgerald bond broker Robert Shay Jr., on 9/11, as saying, “People are going to say what they’re going to say. If they’re not personally affected, they have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.”

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