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Pat McMahon

Updated Oct 16, 2013 - 7:03 am


In all the years I've been sharing thoughts with you in these commentaries, I don't believe I've ever responded to your opinions about the subject matter.

They are not intended to be some forum for reaction and counter reaction. That creates a useless environment of exchanges: "that was stupid!"

"Oh, yeah? Well, you're stupid!"

"Neener, neener, neener."

Now, see how valuable those exchanges are? These are never a matter of necessary agreement or disagreement. They're only avenues of thought for your consideration.

But Tuesday's piece was a simple acknowledgement of my admiration for Malala, the young Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for her support of education and freedom for women.

Her eloquence and courage is lauded by people of every nation, and yet even my tribute to this remarkable 16- year-old was greeted by a few reactions I wasn't prepared for.

One called her a "rabid anti-semite." I would remind that person that not all Muslims hate Jews. That's not a universal obligation of their faith.

Another went further saying that Malala and I both have been taught to hate Jews, Christians and Americans.

While I'm flattered to be mentioned in her company, I must beg to differ.

I hate nothing ... even the intellectually impotent "Neener, neener, neener."

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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