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Pat McMahon

Kinda Flakey

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I'm sure by now you've heard the story.

Jeff Flake's 15-year-old son, Tanner, had a number of his recent tweets publicly exposed and instead of a computer, they belonged in a landfill. He spectacularly was able to combine anti-gay slurs, the liberal use of the "n" word and references to Hispanics as "the scum of the earth", all in just a few electronic messages.

The Guinness people are examining the transmissions for consideration as the "world record for idiotic tastelessness". But is this example of vile vocabulary by a 15-year-old also the sin of the father? I don't think so.

I've known Jeff Flake for a number of years and nothing could be less characteristic of him than this rant from a teenager addled by adolescence. I'm a father. Sometimes my kids have embarrassed me. Often I've embarrassed them. They were not me growing up, and Tanner is not the U.S. Senator.

But Senator Flake, now it's your turn. How about arranging for your son to do volunteer work helping gays and minorities. That's an apology.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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