The Day XM Lied [Mark 3]

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The Day XM Lied

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz June 15, 2007

As promised, the controversial Opie & Anthony radio show hit the satellite-radio airwaves this morning. XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR) came through in bringing back the randy talk-show stars after they served a 30-day suspension.

No lies, yet.

With its potential merger to Sirius (Nasdaq: SIRI) drawing regulator scrutiny, the most common theory is that XM buckled under pressure when it silenced the duo in the first place. The satellite-radio pioneer, and -- for now -- market-share leader, decided to show a terrestrial streak in slapping the wrists of its original stars after some harsh on-air comments last month.

No lies, yet.

However, I couldn't believe what I was hearing as I tuned in this morning. Anthony Cumia, Gregg "Opie" Hughes, and their comedian sidekick Jim Norton seemed to go out of their way to try to convince the public that their show will remain unshackled. After several meetings with XM's top brass, the trio proclaimed that it would be "business as usual," that the show would remain "uncensored," and that XM would stand by them if some decided that the lines get crossed again.

I think those are lies. All lies.

See, the show will cross the line again. What part of "shock jock" did XM not understand when it hired a duo that got booted off terrestrial radio a couple of years ago? And if XM really told Opie and Anthony that it would support the right of the explicit-language hosts to freely speak their minds, then XM just caught itself in a lie.

See, XM didn't take the show off the air for last month's comments about violent sexual assault acts against notable female leaders. XM probably did it because the eventual apology wasn't being offered up seriously.

If you believe that, then XM should give its executives a 30-day suspension because then they didn't take the suspension seriously. If XM would stand by Opie and Anthony if the same incident took place today -- and you know they're going to be baited, by fans and non-fans alike -- then the suspension was as genuine as a double-headed coin. If XM would act in the same way, then the show is obviously not going to be uncensored in its more shackled future. Either way, there's a fib in there.

Pick a lie -- any lie -- but stick to it, XM. Even with O&A back on the air, it still feels as though XM slapped on the Fonzie jacket, revved its motorcycle up, and flew over the shark tank, only to land neck-deep in a pool of irrelevance.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a subscriber to both Sirius and XM. He does not own shares in any company mentioned in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Great POV :clap:
 

SOS

Is alive.
Wackbag Staff
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Since the past 2 threads on this died horrible deaths...
 
#3
I looked for the article title in thread titles on the first page ... :(
 

kvuo

Registered User
#4
i thought i already read this one.
 

SOS

Is alive.
Wackbag Staff
#5
It's okay.

Rick Aristotle is a Ron and Fez & ONA fan that gets it. We cannot trust XM to protect them if they should get in trouble in the future(fool me once...). That is why it is so important for people to confront those special interest groups that try to lessen our rights instead of increase them.

This leads to the question:

Why would XM sell-out ONA?
 
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It's okay.

Rick Aristotle is a Ron and Fez & ONA fan that gets it. We cannot trust XM to protect them if they should get in trouble in the future(fool me once...). That is why it is so important for people to confront those special interest groups that try to lessen our rights instead of increase them.

This leads to the question:

Why would XM sell-out ONA?
I just thought this line was brilliant:
Pick a lie -- any lie -- but stick to it,
 

SOS

Is alive.
Wackbag Staff
#7
But one can never stick with a lie forever.
 

Sct Ptersns Twn

Looking 4 a New 1st Mate
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This thread needs a good ole FU to XM.

I got a come back to XM post card in the mail on Friday.
Basically Welcome Back offer saying $4.99 for 3 months. Offer ends July 31st.
No mention of the reactivation fees being waived. Very funny it came the day the bbbbbbbboys came back to XM as well.

In addition there is NO mention of O & A on the post card front or back. Way to go XM not getting me, fuckos......:action-sm
 

HumpX

Character Assassin
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If XM had such a change of heart where they will supposedly "back them up" in the future, then why wasn't the suspension lifted early?

Believe me, no one is happier than I that the show is back but my opinion on corporate chain-of-command and it's directives is the same: they (99%) are spineless assholes using double-speak to get by for one more fiscal quarter. If major controversy erupts again who is going to have the balls from XM management to walk into the emergency shareholder meeting and tell the shareholders nothing is going to be done? If the stock drops or the company is open to any litigation from a special interest minority group they'll melt like butter rather than have something like a management revolt on their resume.

I truly hope this is the end of any censoring on the part of XM but as has been stated already: fool-me-once.......
 
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I'm totally against the suspension. It was in my opinion false advertising. But when people say XM should "stand behind the boys" I hope we mean within reason. Speech, of course unless it's libelous or defammatory. Some act like if they commit murder in the studio it should be pardoned.

XM is a business and the day when there's a liability that costs more than what they make for any talent they employ they'll get rid of them. So are any of you surprised?
 

HumpX

Character Assassin
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bah, forget those sterile photoshop chicks. Lets get some suicide girl type hotties here! The kind with a crooked smile, tats, green hair and a set of jaw muscles that can suck a concrete driveway through a cocktail straw.
 

Hydrosludge

We can do it comrade
#22
As an XM stockholder I am appalled at the whole situation with O&A. It was just bad business to risk loosing thousands of subscribers and the only profitable show on the whole platform.
 
#23
All I wanted was an apology,what did I do wrong that XM felt I should be punished.
XM doesn't get it.
 
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