WIND Pulls Joe Walsh Off Air For Racial Slur Discussion
June 20, 2014 at 4:43 AM (PT)
SALEM News-Talk WIND-A (AM 970 THE ANSWER)/CHICAGO afternoon host JOE WALSH was pulled off the air THURSDAY night for using racial slurs in an on-air discussion about the slurs and the WASHINGTON REDSKINS name controversy.
The CHICAGO SUN-TIMES reports that WALSH, a former Congressman, tweeted during the show, "The station keeps cutting me off. I don't know why," followed by "And here comes to (sic) the GM. It appears I can say REDSKINS, which is supposedly offensive, but when I say other words, commercial."
He then tweeted, “I’m trying to have an honest, adult conversations about words without resorting to alphabet soup phrases (C-word, N-word, etc).”
Afterwards, WALSH posted, "Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language” and "Tried to talk about racial slurs tonight. Radio station sent me home. Don't know what's going to happen next. We'll find out FRIDAY at 5 p."
On FRIDAY afternoon, WALSH returned to the air, with GM JEFF REISMAN issuing a statement, saying, "Yesterday AM 560 THE ANSWER’s JOE WALSH conducted a segment of his show regarding the recent controversy about the name of the WASHINGTON REDSKINS. During the segment JOE intended to cite several common racial slurs as examples. He did not in any way use them in a defamatory or derogatory manner, simply as examples. However, AM 560 THE ANSWER did not allow them to go on the air. AM 560 THE ANSWER has a policy of not using certain words on the air that are highly inflammatory and offensive even in the context of a discussion of why those words are offensive. We will continue that policy. JOE WALSH will be back on air tonight."