As promised, the controversial Opie & Anthony radio show hit the satellite-radio airwaves this morning. XM Satellite Radio
No lies, yet.
With its potential merger to Sirius
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.