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Neal Boortz, the self-styled "High Priest of the Church of the Painful Truth," is a former American Libertarian talk radio host based out of Atlanta. He has also written several books, including Somebody's Gotta Say It and was co-writer of The Fairtax Book and its sequel.

He retired as a full-time radio host in January 2013 after 42 years of hosting his show, handing the reins over to long time colleague Herman Cain. He continues to provide his political commentary, maintains an active presence on Twitter, and once served as a substitute host for Herman Cain and Sean Hannity. He maintains a podcast known as the BoortzCast. In 2016, he announced that he had negotiated a new agreement to once again sub for Herman Cain, who would later pass away in 2020.


Neal Boortz and/or his show provide examples of:

  • And You Thought It Was Real: In 1988 he created an entirely fictitious event called "The Great Georgia Cat Chase," or alternatively the "Georgia Cat Chasing Championship" or "Great Neal Boortz Cat Chase." This is a supposed sporting event in which cats were tossed out of airplanes and caught by skydivers, presented complete with "live commentary" and sound effects of angry, mewling cats. He reported that a number of people called in to complain, convinced that it was real. Additionally, a California newspaper reported it as if it was real.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The phrase "fair share" really ticks him off, since he feels it's used to justify punishing achievers and redistribution of wealth.
    • He didn't have much patience for callers who began their call with the phrase "Long time listener, first time caller," as he felt it was trite and pointless.
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    • He doesn't have much patience either for people who nitpick minor spelling or grammar mistakes on his tweets.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Self proclaimed.
  • Catchphrase: For the 2016 election season, his catchphrase became "3... 2.... 1," or variations on it, used on his Twitter feed just prior or after to blocking someone who claims he's supporting Hillary Clinton by choosing not to vote for Donald Trump.
  • Deadpan Snarker: So much that his buddy Sean Hannity repeatedly jokes that he's not responsible for anything Neal says, whenever the latter shows up on the former's show.
  • 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.
  • Equal-Opportunity Offender: Though politically a libertarian with conservative leanings, he described himself as this. He was of the opinion that if he didn't say something at least once in each installment of his radio show to offend you, no matter who he is, he wasn't trying, and described his program as "insensitivity training." He regularly said offensive things of varying natures simply for the purpose of what he called "stirrin' the puddin'."
  • 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."
  • If You Call Before Midnight Tonight: In one of his tweets, he comments "Whenever a TV pitchman says "The next 20 people who call this number ...." they're lying. Don't trust them or what they're selling."
  • 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.
    • Referring to charity or charitable giving as "giving back." He feels that this phrase implies that whatever a person has was taken by them, not earned. Similarly, he feels that those that have less than others should not be considered "less fortunate."
    • It's Independence Day, not the Fourth of July. Boortz even calls out his friend/long time colleague Herman Cain on the gaffe.
    • He rails at any news story that claims the victim of a disaster such as a fire or tornado was "left with nothing," pointing out that such disasters can't erase such things as friends and family, a checking or savings or retirement account, their accumulated lifetime of education, wisdom and knowledge, etc.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not afraid to admit that he's often quite crass and blunt and referred to his radio program as "insensitivity training." On the other hand, he can be quite tender about a number of things, including his wife and any of a number of other subjects and people he cares about. Some of the most heartfelt moments came on his show in tribute after long-time producer Royal Marshall died.
  • 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: He gives affectionate nicknames to people/groups he supports, while people/groups he hates get insulting ones.
    • "The Aging Hollow-Eyed Hippie from Haight-Ashbury" for Nancy Pelosi
    • "The Cutest Little Communist in Congress" for former Georgia Congresswoman and Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney.
    • On his Twitter feed, Barack Obama is invariably 0bama.
    • "Flaggot" for Confederate sympathizers (because they push for government support of the Confederate flag despite its Unfortunate Implications).
    • His wife is often referenced as "She Who Must Be Obeyed," or else simply "The Queen."
    • Rush Limbaugh is affectionately "The Godfather" for his work in blazing the way for hosts like him.
    • Boortz often referred to his flagship station, WSB, as the "mothership".
  • No True Scotsman: While he is a proud member of the Libertarian Party, he's also proudly spoken his support for The War on Terror and more right-wing immigration policies, which the LP is strongly against. Thus many members of his own party have called him a "fake libertarian".
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: A good portion of the "Government outrage" stories he gives on the air.
  • Political Correctness Is Evil: 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. Also, his own retirement was something of a rage quit, as he might have kept going had Barack Obama not be re-elected. Of course, said retirement has been something of a 10-Minute Retirement anyway, given how active he is on Twitter and how often he posts his BoortzCast podcasts.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Boortz has indicated that he's financially well-off enough that he feels he can basically just say or write what he wants without regard to whether or not it might tee people off. Not that it's ever really seemed to matter much to him anyway.
  • 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 socialismnote .
    "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! "
  • Side Kick: Engineer Royal Marshall, who tragically passed away in early 2011.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Call screener Belinda Skelton, who is more liberal than Neal, and sometimes they get into debates. In one 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!"
  • Spell My Name with an "S": He's indicated that he doesn't like it when people spell his name as "Neil," which he considers "wimpy."
  • Too Hot for TV: He says stuff in his BoortzCast podcasts that he never would have gotten away with saying on the radio. This is a big selling point.
  • Unusual Euphemism
    • Here is a list, and even then it is rather outdated.
    • On his Twitter feed, "horseobama" or "bullobama," in which "obama" replaces, well, take a guess. Also, "scared obamaless."
  • 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". Note that this last one is always pronounced "raaaaacism" when he says it, with a nice long, mocking enunciation on the "a" sound. On his Twitter feed in particular, "bashing" is another one he has no patience for and also tends to get the "long a" treatment.