Two years ago the Chicago-based, syndicated radio shock jock-turned-issue oriented talk show host took a major hit. Dropped by his Windy City home base and off local airwaves there for better than a year found him in a rough patch.
Now erase, erase…
Because last fall Mancow mounted a historic comeback on Chicago superstation WLS and he’s been kicking butt and taking names ever since.
Which brings us to last Friday when a skeptical Mancow submitted to an on-air waterboarding.
Not a mere stunt, mind you – this was the real deal.
“When I was living in Raytown there was a deep part of the river down there and I went in the water and I drowned,” Mancow says. “And some construction workers pulled me out and I had to be revived. So as a man who has drowned, I have a unique perspective.”
How do waterboarding and drowning differ?
“This wasn’t like drowning,” Mancow says. “It’s a lot worse. It was like having my brain unplugged. And by the way, I went into this laughing. But I felt like I was going to die. I had chest pains. My wife and I got down on our knees (later) and prayed that I would live.”
Mancow’s boarding landed him on three straight MSNBC Keith Olbermann shows – last Friday, the day of the waterboarding, Tuesday and yesterday.
“Look, I don’t want to be used as a tool against the military,” Mancow says. “The three men the military waterboarded they got great information from – they were doing it to save lives- so I would say go ahead.”
The bottom line on waterboarding after undergoing it: “Yes, I think it’s torture, but I don’t know if I care,” Mancow says. “Would I do it to save my daughter or your daughters’ lives? Absolutely.”
The event drew Mancow into an ongoing debate between Olbermann and Fox News Sean Hannity. Olbermann contends waterboarding is torture and Hannity has insisted that it is not.
Going in, Mancow was with Hannity’s. No mas.