Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh ‘kicked off the air’ over racist terms on radio show
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter June 20, 2014 12:12AM
U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh announces re-election campaign plans at a Chicago Tea Party meeting Thursday evening at the Cubby Bear Sports Bar. December 8, 2011. | Scott Stewart~Chicago Sun-Times.
Updated: June 20, 2014 12:19AM
According to posts on former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh’s Twitter account Thursday night, the conservative radio talk-radio host was kicked off the air on WIND-AM (560) for using racial slurs while trying to have a discussion about racial slurs.
In a series of tweets posted about 7 p.m., Walsh says: “Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.”
And: “I’m trying to have an honest, adult conversations about words without resorting to alphabet soup phrases (C-word, N-word, etc).”
The posts said the discussion involved the ethical debate about the name of the pro football team in Washington, D.C.: the Redskins.
Walsh is the host of the weeknight “Joe Walsh Show” on WIND from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On his website, Walsh describes his on-air attitude: “I do with this program what I did as a U.S. Congressman — speak plainly, speak directly, not worry about political correctness, and engage in respectful, engaging debate with all viewpoints. This is just too important of a time for all of us to do anything less.”
Walsh was a tea party-backed member of of the House from the northwest suburbs who took office in 2011 and was unseated two years later by Democrat Tammy Duckworth.
While in office, Walsh said the Democratic Party wants African-Americans and Hispanics to be dependent on government.
Neither Walsh nor a representative of WIND could be reached for comment late Thursday.