Former Rep. Joe Walsh Pulled From Radio Show For Using Racist Terms
By Chuck Sudo in News on Jun 20, 2014 2:30PM
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It’s been a while since former congressman, deadbeat dad and general angry guy Joe Walsh was in the news for saying something stupid but he more than made up for it Thursday night.
Walsh, who now has a radio show that airs on WIND-AM (560), says he was kicked off the air because he “tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.” The discussion centered on the ongoing debate over the
Washington Redskins Potomac River Basin Indigenous Peoples Professional Football Team. According to Walsh, the station kept cutting to commercials as he attempted to say other racial epithets.
Walsh live-tweeted the whole thing.
The station keeps cutting me off. I don't know why— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2014
And here comes to the General Manager. It appears I can say Redskins, which is supposedly offensive, but when I say other words, commercial— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2014
I'm trying to have an honest, adult conversations about words without resorting to alphabet soup phrases(C-word, N-word, etc)— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2014
Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 20, 2014
Found out if I said Redskins or Cracker or Redneck Bible Thumper, I could stay on. But if I said Nigger or Spick, they cut me off.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 20, 2014
Walsh told the Daily Herald WIND's decision to cut to commercial whenever he tried to use the terms proved his point. "I don't know how you can have the discussion without identifying the terms," he said. This isn't Walsh's first foray into insensitivity. His one term in Congress was littered with incidents. He's compared gun regulation to segregation; politicized Hadiya Pendleton's funeral by saying Michelle Obama was doing the same; said in a debate with his successor Tammy Duckworth abortion to save the life of the mother doesn't exist thanks to advancements in medicine; and claimed the Democratic Party caters to African-American and Hispanic voters because they want them to be dependent on government.
Earlier this week the U.S. Patent Office canceled several claims by the Washington NFL football team, claiming the term the team uses was "disparaging."