Ex-GOP Congressman Kicked Off Air for Racial Slurs

Image: Ex-GOP Congressman Kicked Off Air for Racial Slurs Former Illinois GOP Rep. Joe Walsh.

Friday, 20 Jun 2014 02:01 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Former Illinois GOP Rep. Joe Walsh, host of a Chicago radio talk show, says he was kicked off his program on Thursday evening for using racial slurs on-air.

According to the former tea party lawmaker, the station manager continually cut off his live show, "The Answer in Chicago," because he was using racial slurs for blacks and Hispanics during a discussion about the controversy surrounding the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to strip the Washington Redskins football team of its trademark.

Walsh tweeted live from the studio as the episode unfolded.

"The station keeps cutting me off. I don't know why," he wrote in a tweet at 7:34 p.m., adding several minutes later, "And here comes the general manager. It appears I can say Redskins, which is supposedly offensive, but when I say other words, commercial."

Walsh continued using the racial slurs to make a point.  Thirty minutes later, he updated his followers on Twitter again.

"Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms, and management censored my language," he wrote. He added that the station had no problem with using terms like "Redskins," which he said are "supposedly offensive" but not the n-word, among others.

His final update Thursday night said, "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.m."

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