Neal Boortz

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Source: Neal Boortz.com

Neal Boortz, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is the radio host of the nationally syndicated Neil Boortz Show. Boortz describes his politics as "a confirmed Libertarian."[1] Boortz has been a talk show host since 1969. In a biographical note he states that "since 1993 I have been holding forth on News Talk 750 WSB."[2]

Boortz's radio show is syndicated by Cox Radio Syndication in partnership with Jones Radio Networks.[3][4]

From 2002 to 2004, Boortz wrote a regular column for the conservative website WorldNetDaily.[5] Articles by him have continued to be published at Townhall.com.

Controversial remarks

  • Boortz suggested that a victim of Hurricane Katrina, who had been featured in a newspaper article as she was being housed in an Atlanta hotel, consider prostitution: "If that's the only way she can take care of herself, it sure beats the hell out of sucking off the taxpayers."[6]
  • In an interview about the book on Fox NewsHannity & Colmes said: "Look, Al Qaeda, they could bring in a nuke into this country and kill 100,000 people with a well-placed nuke somewhere. Ok. We would recover from that. It would be a terrible tragedy, but the teachers unions in this country can destroy a generation."[7]
  • In 2006, Boortz "referred to a black congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney: 'She looks like a ghetto slut. It looks like an explosion in a Brillo pad factory.' Hairdo and derogatory sexual references are hardly distinguishable from the remarks that got Imus fired" in April 2007 for "a racist remark about the hairdos of a women's basketball team, and his reference to the athletes as 'hos'." [8][9]
  • On his radio show, Boortz offered a suggestion he said he got from a listener's email: "When we defeat this illegal alien amnesty bill, and when we yank out the welcome mat, and they all start going back to Mexico, as a going away gift let's all give them a box of nuclear waste." Boortz continued: "Give 'em all a little nuclear waste and let 'em take it on down there to Mexico. Tell 'em it can -- it'll heat tortillas."[10]

Boortz v. Al Franken

In an appearance on CNN Daybreak to discuss the new liberal talk radio network, Air America Radio, Boortz claimed that the network's star, Al Franken, refused to host his show because he wouldn't get control of the phone lines.

After the network launched, Boortz appeared on Franken's show and Franken asked him about the comment. Boortz said "if you're reading from a transcript, that's wrong." When Franken pointed out "in context it doesn't make sense as anything else," Boortz responded "Hey, Al, don't get fixated on that, it's an error in the transcript or something. I've never asked you to host the show."

Franken later dug up the actual clip from the show, so he invited Boortz back and played that, along with Boortz's previous comments. The clip showed the transcript was accurate, so Boortz responded "Why are you so fixated on this, Al?" Al explained that he takes it seriously when someone lies, especially when they lie about him, and then lie again to cover it up. "Al, get over it," Boortz retorted.

Franken also played another clip from the CNN show. The host repeated a comment by Janeane Garofalo noting that "The American people have been conned into thinking liberal is a dirty word. Because of liberal reforms, we enjoy things like desegregation ..." Boortz responded "Let's see. Desegregation. You know, I thought the Civil Rights Act was passed over the objections of the Democrats in the Congress of the United States. You see? Janeane, pull that line on the air. Go ahead." Franken quoted Newt Gingrich saying "It was the liberal wing of the Democratic party that ended segregation," and he falsely pointed out that the Democrats who voted against it were all conservative Dixiecrats who became Republicans.

In response, Boortz sputtered "Be prepared to talk about some issues, not play a stupid, childish, moronic Al Franken game of 'Gotcha!' ... I am tired of playing the little nursery school thing with you, Al," and hung up. WMA audio clip of the above story

Later, even though he had specifically said, "I never asked you to host the show", Boortz responded on his website saying "You know what? Frankly, I can't really remember. After 35 years of talk radio how in the hell can you remember who you did and who you didn't ask to guest host." [1] He went on to attack Franken: "Al Franken approaches his show with a nasty demeanor and mean temperament. ... He's a comedian who has lost his sense of humor. He walks around with clenched fists, which makes it impossible to shake his hand."


Books

Contact Information

Website: http://www.boortz.com

External links

References

  1. "Boortz Bio", Boortz.com, accessed March 20, 2008.
  2. "Boortz Bio", Boortz.com, accessed March 20, 2008.
  3. "Neal Boortz", Cox Radio Syndication, accessed March 20, 2008.
  4. "Neal Boortz", Jones Radio Networks, accessed March 20, 2008.
  5. Column archive, WorldNetDaily, accessed March 20, 2008.
  6. "Boortz suggested that Katrina victim turn to prostitution", Media Matters for America, October 24, 2005.
  7. "Right-Wing Radio Host: Teachers Unions Are ‘Much More Dangerous’ Than Al Qaeda", Think Progress, February 20, 2007.
  8. John F. Sugg, "Hate and Hypocrisy in the Cox Empire", Counterpunch, April 16, 2007.
  9. "Boortz, who's said congresswoman '"looks like a ghetto slut,' blasted 'denigration of black women through rap music'", Media Matters for America, April 17, 2007.
  10. "Boortz on illegal immigrants: 'Give 'em all a little nuclear waste and let 'em take it on down there to Mexico'", Media Matters for America, June 22, 2007.

Profiles

Articles By Neal Boortz

Interviews With Boortz

Articles & Commentary