Tea Partying Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh Is Mad That Radio Station Won’t Let Him Say The N-Word




During the broadcast of his AM talk radio show Thursday evening, former one-term Republican Congressman Joe Walsh live-tweeted that he was being censored by his radio station from having an “honest conversation” about racial slurs. Walsh felt that the station was practicing a double standard by allowing him to use the term ‘redskin’ when discussing the ongoing controversy over the name of Washington’s NFL franchise, but would not let him use his airtime to say other racial slurs, particularly the N-word.

Apparently, Walsh persisted in trying to use other racial slurs on-air, even after the general manager told him the words were verboten and to cease his attempts. Walsh then claimed his show was pulled off the air early and he was sent home. His status as of Thursday night was uncertain, but he tweeted that he should know something by 5 PM Friday, when his show next airs.


Below are his succession of tweets detailing the events.



Where should we begin? First off, we already know that Walsh is going to claim he had his 1st Amendment rights trampled on by the radio station’s management. He tweeted that he was censored. It always seems like Tea Party-types, a la Sarah Palin,  claim that their free speech is being taken away whenever someone is criticized over their words, or somebody gets a TV show or radio gig canceled for saying something dumb and/or offensive. Here’s the deal. Walsh can say whatever he wants without fear of reprisal from the federal government, as long as he is not issuing a direct threat at somebody. However, that freedom doesn’t provide him the right to be given a forum to speak. He has the freedom to say what he wants, but his speech is not free from consequences.

Another thing — what is it with white conservatives and their specific desire to say the N-word? Not only that, but say it without anyone getting offended? It seems like there is just this insatiable appetite with certain right-wingers that can’t be tempered until they can spout off racial slurs willy nilly in front of minorities without the fear of retaliation. Recently, we saw Glenn Beck and a conservative ‘artist’ bemoan the fact that they can’t get away with saying the N-word or homophobic slurs, blaming it all on political correctness and the “thought police.”

Finally, there is the whole false equivalency thing with Walsh’s argument. Like it or not, the name of Washington’s football team is the Redskins. While the term is offensive and the team should change its name, you aren’t going to see the level of discomfort or anger by saying ‘redskin’ right now, especially since their is an ongoing debate on the use and appropriateness of it. To just make a blanket proclamation that because you can get away with saying one slur due to the special circumstances surrounding it, you should then be able to say any other slur without consequence, is taking obtuseness to a whole other level.

Then again, we aren’t really dealing with someone who is known for subtlety of thought, empathy towards minorities or taking responsibility for his own actions. This is a man who squelched on his child support while he was in Congress. Then, after being soundly defeated by Tammy Duckworth in 2012, he tried to get the court to lower his child support payments because he was “unemployed through no fault of his own.” One of the big reasons Walsh was defeated in 2012, besides the revelations he was a deadbeat dad, was his claim that Duckworth, who lost both her legs serving in Iraq, isn’t a true war hero.

Since leaving office, Walsh has continued to make moronic and offensive statements, possibly to gain attention, but also just as likely because he doesn’t know any better. After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Walsh said that all young Muslim men needed to be racially profiled. A month prior to that, he said that Americans are stupid and lazy and Democrats just want to keep blacks and Latinos dependent on the government so as to keep them “on the government plantation.”

It seems like a very real possibility that Walsh will be fired. However, with his track record, one has to wonder why the radio station hired him in the first place.


24 Replies to “Tea Partying Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh Is Mad That Radio Station Won’t Let Him Say The N-Word”

  1. This is a man with no integrity — and, if he was informed by the management at the radio station he’s working at there are words that are verboten, then he should abide by their guidelines. He’s no one special. I will never be able to forgive him for the horrible things he has said to besmirch the sacrifices and courage of Tammy Duckworth.

  2. Won’t let him use the “C” word, huh? Is that what he wanted to call Rep. Duckworth? I can remember when talking like that in Chicago would get your mouth soaped when you were a kid or bloodied if you were a grown man, and he’s not so young he doesn’t know it.

  3. Watch for tea-chugging “patriotic” pundits to express their outrage and indignation — demonstrating their total ignorance regarding the extent of free speech rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — in … 3 … 2 … 1 …

  4. Under certain circumstances — such as a frank and open discussion on offensive language and how and why specific words and phrases are considered offensive — then, yes, they should be used.

    That said, given Joe Walsh’s history, and that he was told by the station management what words he could not use on the air — it would appear this was a deliberate stunt designed to get his name back in the news and to paint himself as yet another victim of the “godless liberal media.”

  5. Story is cool, but why do we always say they don’t know any better? He knows better, he just wants to see how far he can push the envelope. Along with the other GOP’s. This world and its perception of Blacks and Hispanics is really starting to turn my stomach. Blacks are not lazy criminals. Even though that’s all that you here lately. I don’t see Blacks shooting up children and teachers in schools,movie cinemas, pizza places, or marathons. Nor Hispanics. Now I know Blacks do have their own share of violence and criminal activity, TRUST AND BELIEVE. but why are they the only ones that get called out for it. Statistically, their are more of other cultures on welfare and living off the system then Blacks, but they get called out for that too. Now while Im happy that a Black man became President, it doesnt mean anything if he cant change a prejudice and bigoted constitution that was not written or designed for him nor the minorities that died, built and still protects this count…

  6. Yep. He’ll shamelessly try to bring attention to his (undoubtedly) flailing radio show because he knows he can get away with stuff like that as a CONservative.

    A Liberal or Progressive radio host could never get away with something like that because Teabaggers and other assorted RWers all across the nation would immediately want to shut down their first amendment rights with their second amendment right.

  7. This was all a big attention-getting (and no doubt fundraising) scam, probably cooked up by Walsh and the station manager referred to in his Tweets.

    Chicago AM 560 is a conservative talk radio station. Check out the Tweet that radio station sent out 3 hours ago: https://twitter.com/AM560TheAnswer/status/480107580283703296

    And 6 hours ago the station Twitter account Retweeted Joe Walsh’s Tweet about what he “actually said”: https://twitter.com/WalshFreedom/status/480063060653387777

    Totally bogus. I wonder how much money he and the station manager divvied up from their scam?

  8. Too late. For me the real question is WHY in the world would any decent radio station ever give this slime a pulpit in the first place?

  9. I’ve always felt this man would be a good fit flipping burgers at McDonald’s. Now, I feel his calling is scrubbing toilets with a toothbrush.

  10. This is really a surprise, the radio station in WIND Chicago, a station whose billboards read: “Liberals Hate Us.”

    One would think they’d LOVE such language.

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  12. …ahhh, the taste of Fells Naptha Floor Soap…{my Grandmas favorite} yup, I’m from Chi-Town too…just the memory makes me think THRICE if a lye comes to mind…{pun INTENDED!!!}

  13. Walsh says he’s trying to have an ‘adult’ conversation about racism. Ha!
    I don’t think he even knows what the word adult means. He’s nothing but a loudmouthed bully.
    Where is he headed next? FCUK News?

  14. The idiot is not from Chicago. He is from North Barrington, a village of considerable means in Lake County with 96% population of whites.

    So of course he feels comfortable saying the N word. He probably heard everyday at the dinner table

  15. Ever notice most people desiring an “open ,adult conversation” are typically not really interested in any debate or adult conversation. More than likely “they” are more interested in snarky comments to rile their under educated base.

  16. That Dead-beat Dad wouldn’t know an adult conversation if it bit him in the derriere. He’s only interested in riling up the base and causing a ruckus. It’s what he lives for since he’s got nothin’ else to look forward to.

    His parents should be thoroughly slapped for their horrible parental skills.

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