Foley’s column on Friday, January 18, 2013, entitled “Boortz was a boring boor”, came across as a thinly disguised cry for attention, a column written for no purpose. In his pathetic attempt at putting down Neal Boortz, Foley has demonstrated a total lack of knowledge about the man, his work and, most of all, his listeners.
To be certain, Boortz was not always right, seldom tactful and, at times, was downright mean, but to call him “boring” is simply inane. The man had a following of 4.25 million listeners, and was named one of the top 25 Top Influential Talk Show Hosts. Boring people do not achieve that kind of success.
Foley amplifies his ignorance by inferring that over 4 million Boortz listeners do not think for themselves, are willfully ignorant, delusional, racist or paranoid. Amazingly, those are the same terms Kevin frequently employs to describe everyone who disagrees with his rants. To compound the ludicrous and self deluding attempts at downgrading Boortz’s listeners, he infers they are “desperate for someone to affirm their deepest, darkest fears and prejudices.
In his ill-fated attempt at character assassination, Foley resorts to a series of quotes, the source of which he says is an organization called Media Matters. The following description is from their website.
Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not for profit, 501(c)(3), progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the U. S. media.
With that glowing recommendation, would anyone like to venture a guess as to their objectivity? It is probably somewhere on a par with Mr. Foley’s record of the same. His collection of “out of context” quotes does less damage to the reputation of Mr. Boortz than to that of the writer who chooses to list them.
In fact, it appears that Media Matters is dedicated to doing the opposite of what Mr. Foley does, as a public relations executive. His job is to “modify” and “filter” the facts just enough so that they still have a modicum of truth, but, in the process, make Mr. Foley’s client look like an Eagle Scout, even though he might, in reality, be a money launderer or a philandering politician. Media Matters is dedicated to using the same process, to make conservatives look bad.
Mr. Foley was indeed wise to wait until Boortz was no longer able to respond, to carry out his petty attack. Had he chosen to do so 30 days ago, Boortz would surely have burned him at the stake, figuratively speaking, of course, on his radio show.
One has to wonder, if Foley is so opposed to Boortz and his views, why he waited forty years to say something,. I am reminded of a time, years ago, when one of my friends was threatened by another man. After the guy finished telling Robert how badly he was going to whip him, Robert responded, “It must be fear that’s holding you back.” Could that be the answer to Foley’s forty years of silence about Neal Boortz?
Mr. Foley states he stopped listening to Boortz because he was always “bottom fishing”. I submit that Mr. Foley’s column is a prime example of “bottom feeding.” It was a direct attempt at character assassination, with no purpose. Even if everything he said about Boortz is true, what is the reason for saying it now? The “offender” is off the air, and gone to Florida. Nothing will be accomplished with this attack, except that it will make Foley look petty and foolish.