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Howard Stern fan cruelly pranks MSNBC over Malaysia Airlines crash

Fan uses an expletive and bathroom humor addressing the latest airliner tragedy


Daniel D'Addario
July 18, 2014 12:04AM (UTC)

A fan of the radio host Howard Stern called into MSNBC's "The Cycle," posing as an eyewitness from the U.S. military, and made a crass joke about today's Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine.

Introduced by co-host Krystal Ball, the caller, identified onscreen as "Staff Sgt. Michael Boyd, U.S. Embassy in Ukraine," said, "Well, I was looking out the window and I saw a projectile flying through the sky. And it would appear that the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern's ass."

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"It would appear that the plane was shot down," repeated Ball, who asked the caller what "from your military training" might have contributed to the crash. "You're a dumbass, aren't you?" asked the caller before Ball threw to commercial.

As a judge on "America's Got Talent," Stern is an employee of NBC. But his fans are untrammeled: They have made a practice of pranking media events -- notably calling into Peter Jennings's broadcast of the O.J. Simpson chase and interrupting Anthony Weiner's resignation from Congress. But the magnitude of today's news -- the Malaysia Airlines jet was carrying 295 people, all killed in a crash that President Obama addressed today -- shocks the conscience.

 


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