Viacom chief Mel Karmazin defended Howard Stern's right to discuss sodomy over the airwaves, in an interview yesterday with Ken Auletta.
"We are fighting in Iraq for freedom. … If it doesn't appeal to you, shut the radio off. Just because you don't like the words 'anal sex,' doesn't make it indecent."
Mad Mel also took a swipe at the reaction from his media colleagues:
"We think it is a very slippery slope," he said. "So many journalists have not been supportive of the first amendment."