Howard Stern Fan Prank Calls MSNBC Over Malaysia Airlines Crash (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A Howard Stern fan prank called MSNBC today by pretending to be an eyewitness to the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, which happened in the Ukraine and killed 295 people.

According to, the prank caller told MSNBC "The Cycle" co-host Krystal Ball that he was "Staff Sgt. Michael Boyd" from the U.S. Embassy in the Ukraine (video below).

“Well, I was looking out the window and I saw a projectile flying through the sky," said the prankster. "And it would appear that the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern’s a--.”

Ball, who didn't hear the prankster clearly, asked, “So it would appear the plane was shot down, can you tell us anything more from your military training of the sort of missile system that may have been coming from?”

“You’re a dumba--, aren’t you?” the prankster asked Ball.

MSNBC went to commercial, but when "The Cycle" returned, Ball said, "We thought we had an eyewitness on the scene. That individual was not actually an eyewitness.”

Todd Starnes, the religious reporter for Fox News, posted several tasteless remarks about the crash of flight 17, which he used to mock President Obama.

According to, Starnes tweeted:

Obama won't comment on Malaysian jetliner crash until he's had a chance to read tomorrow's paper.

Russia bracing for a severe hash tag from the Obama Administration.

Unless it involves beer or golf - POTUS is not interested.

Yesterday Obama announces new sanctions against Russia. Today, jetliner crashes in Ukraine.

Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, who was offended by Starnes, wrote on her blog: “I don’t know Todd Starnes (he works in NYC), but I do know he works at Fox News Channel and so do I. I don’t like his tweets. They are very bad taste. This is not the time to be snarky or some pathetic attempt at humor… 295 people died.”