Boortz echoed Hannity, NewsMax mischaracterization of 1984 Mass. executive order
Radio host Neal Boortz  echoed a gross mischaracterization of an executive order issued when Senator John Kerry (D-MA) was lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in 1984. On the August 18 edition of the nationally syndicated  Neal Boortz Show, he said, "I mean, my God, when he [Kerry] was the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, he signed -- he authored, wrote -- an executive order saying that the state of Massachusetts would not participate in any defense measures against a nuclear attack. And this is the guy that now wants to be in charge of our defense measures against nuclear attacks."
As Media Matters for America has noted , ABC Radio host and FOX News Channel host Sean Hannity  mischaracterized the same executive order to criticize Kerry five days earlier. The executive order was not a "no nuclear defense executive order," as Hannity claimed, and did not say that "Massachusetts would not participate in any defense measures against a nuclear attack," as Boortz asserted.
As MMFA documented when Hannity issued the false charge -- which stemmed from a flawed article  published on right-wing website NewsMax.com  -- the executive order  (which, incidentally, does not bear Kerry's name) endorsed the development of a Comprehensive Emergency Management strategy to use in case of an "attack by a hostile power, whether nuclear, conventional, terrorist, chemical or an attack accomplished through biological warfare." The one civil defense strategy rejected by the executive order -- "crisis relocation planning" -- had been determined to be ineffective and "impracticable," as the order observed.