Tuesday, August 29, 2017


This happened today:
A Houston resident displaced by Hurricane Harvey made a heartbreaking statement during a live interview with CNN on Tuesday.

Reporting from a shelter housing flood victims, anchor Rosa Flores asked a woman named Danielle (whose last name was not given) about her experiences during the catastrophic storm....

Danielle ... poured out her frustration and pain with the media.

“Four feet of water to go get them food on the first day. Yeah, that’s a lot of shit. But y’all sitting here, y’all trying to interview people during their worst times. That’s not the smartest thing to do,” she said....

“Like people are really breaking down and y’all are sitting here with cameras and microphones trying to ask us what the fuck is wrong with us,” she continued. “And you really trying to understand it with the microphone still in my face, with me shivering cold, with my kids wet and you still putting the microphone in my face.”

After watching that, retired right-wing radio talker Neal Boortz had some thoughts:

Caleb Howe of RedState is a conservative, but I give him credit: He calls this the "worst, ugliest, most uncalled-for hurricane comment to date," writing:
You would think a large portion of the CNN-hating, MSM-hating, free press hating “conservative” right would find in her a new folk hero, speaking back fiercely against what she sees as the exploitative press. But you’d be wrong, if retired big name AM talker and thought-leader Neal Boortz is any indication. I guess there’s some mystery group of people he likes even less than the press.
What on earth could that mystery group be? Thinking, thinking...

Who could have imagined that Boortz would tweet something like this? Only someone who knows nothing about Neal Boortz.

Here was Boortz in 2005:
In a December 12 weblog post, nationally syndicated radio host Neal Boortz predicted that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) would commute the sentence of convicted murderer [and Crips leader] Stanley "Tookie" Williams to life imprisonment because "Schwarzenegger knows full well that as soon as Tookie's death is announced there will be riots in South Central Los Angeles and elsewhere." Boortz wrote that "[t]here are thugs just waiting for an excuse ... not a reason, an excuse" and explained that "[t]he rioting, of course, will lead to wide scale looting." Boortz added: "There are a lot of aspiring rappers and NBA superstars who could really use a nice flat-screen television right now."
(Williams was executed and L.A. was calm.)

A few months later, when Cynthia McKinney, an African-American congresswoman, had a run-in with D.C. police, Boortz said this on the air:
I saw Cynthia McKinney's hairdo yesterday -- saw it on TV. I don't blame that cop for stopping her. It looked like a welfare drag queen was trying to sneak into the Longworth House Office Building. That hairdo is ghetto trash. I don't blame them for stopping her.
In 2009, four years after Hurricane Katrina, Boortz had some opinions about the victims:
As the fourth anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster approaches, hate-radio talk show host Neal Boortz mocked President Obama’s pledge to rebuild New Orleans, calling the victims human “debris.” This weekend, President Barack Obama told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he “remains focused on rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast,” and anything less “would be a betrayal of who we are as a country.” Boortz responded on Twitter by attacking the “debris that Katrina chased out”:

Boortz has also called the overwhelmingly black, poor victims of the Katrina disaster in New Orleans “human parasites” and “deadbeats,” even suggesting that a victim of Hurricane Katrina consider prostitution instead of “sucking off taxpayers.” Although Katrina’s devastation cost this nation $80 billion, killed thousands, and displaced a million people, Boortz believes “Katrina cleansed New Orleans.”
In June 2011, Boortz said this about the city of Atlanta:
We got too damn many urban thugs, yo, ruining the quality of life for everybody. And I’ll tell you what it’s gonna take. You people, you are - you need to have a gun. You need to have training. You need to know how to use that gun. You need to get a permit to carry that gun. And you do in fact need to carry that gun and we need to see some dead thugs littering the landscape in Atlanta.

And then there was this Boortz tweet in 2013, after President Obama spoke at length about the death of Trayvon Martin:

So Boortz was just being Boortz today. And oh, by the way, if you think the right wasn't racist until Trump took that escalator ride in 2015, go reread the datelines above.

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