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Neal Boortz, the self-styled "High Priest of the Church of the Painful Truth," is an American Libertarian talk radio host. He has also written several books, including Somebody's Gotta Say It and was co-writer of The Fairtax Book and its sequel.
He has announced a planned retirement in January 2013, after 42 years of hosting his show.
Neal Boortz and/or his show provide examples of:
- Atlanta: Boortz splits his time between here and Naples, Florida.
- Author Existence Failure: His show's producer Royal Marshall suddenly passed away in January 2011. The show was off the air for that day, and after running some memorial shows Neal helped set up a charity trust fund for Royal's daughters.
- Berserk Button: The phrase "fair share" really ticks him off, since he feels it's used to justify punishing achievers and redistribution of wealth.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Self proclaimed.
- Colbert Bump: Popular response to Herman Cain's substitution for him has led to him getting his own talk show. Went even further, since Cain ran for President in the 2012 election and was during October 2011 the frontrunner, but dropped out two months later. Finally, it culminated with him being named as the successor to Boortz.
- Deep South: Acording to Boortz, stereotypical views on Georgia have gotten in the way of syndication of his program several times. Of course, he gleefully plays with it, such as using the phrase "Do a hog love slop?" several times in Somebody's Gotta Say It.
- Dirty Communists: Along with a lot of other conservative/libertarian commentators, he thinks Democrats are these.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being the self proclaimed "High Priest of the Church of the Painful Truth" he thinks Michael Savage is a jerk for saying that John Walsh should "get over" his son's death.
- Boortz refuses to discuss abortion on his show (believing that no one is going to have their minds changed). He's also quite tired of birthers.
- Everything Is Racist: Boortz refers to people with this attitude as "race pimps" and counts Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton among their numbers.
- Granola Girl: He frequently compares Nancy Pelosi to an aging hippie.
- Homoerotic Subtext: No so much subtext. Neal openly admits to having a man-crush on John Stossel, actually using the term "bromance."
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Averted. Boortz is well aware this is bad handling.
- Insistent Terminology: It isn't the Democratic party, it is the Democrat party. They aren't public schools, they are government schools.
- Karmic Death: Stories where criminals are killed in the act of their crimes are frequently featured and referred to as "D.R.T." (Dead Right There) stories.
- The Lancer: Royal Marshall, who tended to be more level-headed than the often boisterous Boortz.
- Long Runners: He's been on the air for 40 years (though not all at a single station).
- The Nicknamer: Such classics include "The Aging Hollow-Eyed Hippie from Haight-Ashbury" for Nancy Pelosi and "The Cutest Little Communist in Congress" for former Georgia Congresswoman and Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney.
- "Flaggot" for Confederate sympathizers (because they push for government support of the Confederate flag despite its Unfortunate Implications).
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: A good portion of the "Government outrage" stories he gives on the air.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: And this trope is another portion of said outrages.
- Product Placement: His deal to promote local computer outfit Vision Computers basically gave the company a national presence due to syndicated advertising on his show and that of fellow WSB'er Clark Howard.
- Rage Quit: Neal occasionally talks about "I'm Never Going To Listen To You Again" emails, which typically flood in whenever he discusses a controversial subject. In Somebody's Gotta Say It, he says he did the math and figured out that he's received more INGTLTYA letters than he has listeners, meaning either he's got a negative number of listeners, or the letters are a bluff.
- Serious Business: In Somebody's Gotta Say It he has an entire chapter on The Rainbow Fish, a children's book with An Aesop encouraging sharing or possibly socialism.
"At this point you may be asking, "is this guy actually going to take some of the precious word allotment afforded him by the publisher to rant about a children's book?" You better believe I am! "
- Sidekick: Engineer Royal Marshall, who tragically passed away in early 2011.
- Sitcom Arch Nemesis: Call screener Belinda Skelton, who is more liberal than Neal, and sometimes they get into debates. In a more recent example, they're arguing over Global Warming: Neal asks what the "ideal temperature" for the Earth is, Belinda says "You can't change it like a thermostat!", and Neal responds "Then why are we going to spend all that money trying?" After a Beat, Neal remarks "Ooh, I got a double flip-off that time!"
- Unusual Euphemism: Here is a list, and even then it is rather outdated.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Boortz hates it when the family of criminals claim this of their errant offspring.
- You Keep Using That Word: Callers are frequently berated on such misuse, some of the more common triggers include "hypocrite", "greed", and "racism".