Howard Stern enjoys stepping away from the studio occasionally and dipping his toes into political waters. The shock jock once again took to the streets of Harlem and interviewed folks who plan on voting for President Barack Obama in November. Stern conducted a similar project in 2008. The undertaking was not an entirely serious endeavor, and the radio personality readily admitted that he did not chat with a diverse set of voters and set up some questions in a leading way; the man is, after all, an entertainer and not a serious newsman.
Some of the results of the relatively tongue-in-cheek interview session may make conservatives laugh and liberals cringe, but Howard Stern’s political survey should raise concerns for all Americans, regardless of party loyalty. The vast number of citizens who are uninformed about even the most rudimentary workings of government or the state of current affairs is depressing. Although the Stern man on the street interviews may have been geared to showcase Obama supporters, it is doubtful that all Mitt Romney supporters are as aware of important issues as they should be either.
Modern technology allows everyone to educate themselves about the differences between the two major party platforms. A few simple clicks on a laptop keyboard would reveal far more details than a partisan commercial, but apparently a startling number of potential voters are still confused about what each candidates stands for even though there are only a few weeks remaining until the election.
Howard Stern’s Harlem interviews revealed that some prospective voters do not realize that Osama bin Laden is dead, according to The View. Some participants believe Mitt Romney is pro-choice, Barack Obama is pro-life, and Paul Ryan is the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, The Blaze notes.
The political survey results are far from scientific but do clearly illustrate that neither candidate has done an exemplary job of getting their respective messages across to voters. The video below does feature Howard Stern’s comments on the interviews, so it may be a good idea not to watch at work or with children in the room.