Howard Stern: CNN used misleading headline about Trump and me

Howard Stern: CNN used misleading headline about Trump and me
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Sirius XM host Howard Stern and news anchor Robin Quivers slammed CNN for running a misleading headline about comments Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDems push leaders to talk less about Russia Kobach fined over Trump meeting memo OPINION: Dear media, Americans don't care about Obama's legacy MORE made on his program in 2002 around the Iraq War. 

On Sept. 29, CNN.com ran a story with the headline “Howard Stern Says Trump Backed Iraq War In 2002." But as Stern noted on his popular radio program, he can't understand “how CNN came up with that headline."  

The network ran a similar headline during a panel discussion on air: "Howard Stern Bombshell: Trump Backed Iraq War in 2002."
 
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Stern says he has since sent an email to Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, to explain his side of the story that appear to contradict CNN's portrayal of the radio host's comments. 
 
Per a transcript of "The Howard Stern Show" on Monday discussing CNN's editorial decision: 

Howard Stern: I got so upset because, you know, let’s face it, tapes from our show featuring Donald Trump have been used in the campaign. And the other day I was talking to Robin on the air, and I said to her, yeah, you know it was really surreal sorta laying there in bed and watching them mention my name on the debate. And I said, basically for people who might not be aware, I said, yeah, Trump was on our show, and he was talking — I asked him about the Iraq war, and he said that he was for it.

Robin Quivers: ‘Well, I guess you have to be,’ or something like that. It wasn’t like an enthusiastic…

Quivers is referring to Trump's ambivalent response during a 2002 Stern interview when the host asked if Trump supported the Iraq War. 
 
Trump, a businessman and entertainer at the time, responded matter-of-factly, "Yeah, I guess so." 
 
Later interviews before the war and as it began show Trump voicing a need to "wait for the United Nations" before invading and stating "the war is a mess" in its first week of operations. 

Stern: So, then there was a big screaming headline on CNN: ‘Howard Stern Now Confirms.’ There’s a picture of me and Trump in an adversarial-type situation that…

Quivers: You didn’t confirm anything!

Stern: Yeah, that ‘Howard Stern now says that Trump is lying about…’

Stern: Yeah! This was on CNN. Big headline and they brought people in. They were having a discussion — a panel discussion. And I was sitting there and I…

Quivers: Can they really do that? You didn’t say anything!

Stern: Nothing! I said nothing new. And so I emailed Trump and I wanted to explain to him that, uh, that is not what I said.

Quivers: They took the tape and they used it.

Stern: They took the tape. I don’t provide tape to people. They’re now combing through tapes and dragging up statements that he might have said.

Quivers: Where are these tapes? I thought we had the only copies.

Stern: The only copies? They’re all over the [expletive] place.

Stern: So I felt a little weird about that. I’ll be honest with you, I did.

Quivers: Well, you see what the press does. They make up things!

Stern: Yeah. I didn’t come out with it. The tape is what the tape is. Make of it what you will.

CNN has been criticized in recent weeks for its use of what some have characterized as misleading headlines as they pertain to Trump. 
 
On Sept. 19, the network added the word "racial" as it pertained to Trump's comments around profiling measures in Israel. Transcripts show Trump never used the word "racial." 
 
 
The Hill has reached out to Stern and CNN for comment.