Boortz: "Let's ask Obama how many prayer rugs he has"

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Radio host Neal Boortz falsely suggested Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim, saying: "Let's ask Obama how many prayer rugs he has." Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim.

On the August 21 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, host Neal Boortz falsely suggested that Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim. While discussing Sen. John McCain's inability to answer the Politico's question about how many homes he and his wife own, Boortz said: "Let's ask Obama how many prayer rugs he has." As Media Matters for America has noted, Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim.

From the August 21 broadcast of Cox Radio Syndication's The Neal Boortz Show:

BOORTZ: How many houses do you have?

ROYAL MARSHALL (engineer and "sidekick"): Two.

BOORTZ: OK.

MARSHALL: But I want to say one thing here. It could also be wealth envy, like you said, but it also could be a matter of age. He's so old he can't remember --

BOORTZ: Oh, jeez.

MARSHALL: -- how many houses. He forgot he's got two houses in Florida. He forgot about the house in Boca.

BOORTZ: Oh, jeez. OK.

MARSHALL: I mean, it's a possibility. The guy is 72.

BOORTZ: Senile. He's senile. He can't remember -- he goes -- he keeps going to the wrong home, too, at night.

JAMIE DUPREE (Cox Radio correspondent): Sometimes, it's the dumbest things that get you in trouble in a campaign, you know?

BOORTZ: Well, like I said, if this is it in this campaign, then this country just deserves whatever is gonna happen to us.

DUPREE: Well, just wait and see. Just watch if that thing keeps coming up in the next few days.

BOORTZ: Let's ask Obama how many prayer rugs he has.

DUPREE: See? And, you know, somebody would say that's not fair.

BOORTZ: Well, I'm not trying to be fair.

DUPREE: Well, exactly.

Network/Outlet
Cox Radio Syndication
Person
Neal Boortz
Show/Publication
The Neal Boortz Show
Stories/Interests
Barack Obama, 2008 Elections
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