Radio Show Host, Ex-Tea Party Politician Doesn’t Get Why He Can’t Say N-Word on the Air

Screenshot of Joe Walsh live on the air.
Screenshot of Joe Walsh live on the air. –Youtube screenshot

Joe Walsh, the conservative one-term congressman from Illinois who found a subsequent career in radio, could soon be looking for yet another line of work after he attempted to use the N-word on the air and posted a racially-motivated string of tweets during his show Thursday evening.

Walsh was apparently kicked off the air after a discussion that stemmed from the controversial topic of the use of the name “Redskins’’ for the National Football League franchise.

50 senators last month began urging NFL commission Roger Goodell to change the Washington Redskins’ name, saying it is a racist slur.

Walsh is apparently opposed to that sentiment.


His bosses, apparently, are not.

Walsh documented the experience through tweets, complaining that “the station keeps cutting me off. I don’t know why’’ and insisting that he was “trying to have an honest, adult conversation about words without resorting to alphabet soup phrases(C-word, N-word, etc).’’

Walsh, who on his Web site describes his time in politics as having been “one of the most outspoken and well known tea party members of Congress,’’ maintained his guise of innocence, wondering why he is permitted to say the word “Redskins’’ on the air and not the N-word without being interrupted by a commercial.

He then further cast himself in the role of a victim, claiming “management censored my language.’’ But by point it was just too late for Walsh.

“The Joe Walsh Show’’ airs weekdays on AM radio in Chicago and New York from 5 to 8 p.m., but it’s unclear if or when he will return to the airwaves.

Read Walsh’s Twitter rant in its entirety here.

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