Phil Mushnick called out Mike Francesa on his atrocious on air behavior on the afternoon of September 11, 2001 when on the WFAN airwaves he yelled at Jewish callers and demanded they take a loyalty oath to the United States:
Challenge accepted, under one condition: He must accept one of several let’s-go-to-the-tape challenges I’ve issued to him, specifically the one I issued nine years ago.
Days after the 9/11 attacks, Francesa, global affairs expert (it’s a gift), launched two bigoted, backwoods and facts-depraving commentaries blaming both Israel and American Jews for America’s peril at the hands of terrorists.
Francesa also said the Jews he knows are disloyal Americans in that they would go to war to defend Israel but not the United States.
In the wake of an attack on the U.S. by Islamic lunatics, Francesa even called upon American Jews to prove their virtue as Americans, to choose between Israel, which he called “a failed experiment,” and the U.S.
As a third-generation American Jew, whose great-uncle was a WWI doughboy, and whose father was a WWII Naval Lt., then commander of the Staten Island chapter of the Jewish War Veterans, I was, shall we say, displeased by Francesa’s determination that the time had come for me to swear allegiance to the United States.
On Sept. 23, 2001, the above appeared in this column. In WFAN’s response, on behalf of Francesa, station boss Mark Chernoff denied that Francesa said any of that — despite thousands, including WFAN staff, having heard what I’d heard. My challenge to produce those tapes was ignored.
f I wrote such malicious lies, why wasn’t I sued? Why not a word of protest from Francesa and/or WFAN to me or to the publisher of The Post?
So if Francesa wants to put up 25 grand on Friday’s Utley thing, donate the winnings to charity, or whatever — and use tape to settle it — cool, but let’s first take care of that longer-standing listen-to-the-tapes challenge.
And let’s double the risk to $50,000. Unlike Mike, I can’t afford to lose such wagers, but let’s go. He wants to challenge me based on tape-supported facts? Play the tapes on the air? I’m all in.
Everything that Mushnick is alleging is true, in fact MikeFrancesa.com was listening to WFAN when it happened, we are not sure if it was the afternoon of September 11th or one of the days after but we remember Francesa and Mad Dog Russo (Francesa’s partner at the time) yelling at Jewish callers, demanding they declare their loyalty to the United States. Francesa even declared that even though he is Italian he would never consider defending Italy over the United States.
On today’s edition of Mike’d Up, Francesa answered Mushnick’s column and in our opinion, lied when he declared that none of the things in Mushnick’s column were ever uttered by him. Francesa then made a big mistake, he said at the time the matter had been investigated and cleared by the station, yet he stated that WFAN never saves any of his on air audio, how could it have been investigated if there were no tapes to listen to???
Also how does WFAN play classic shows if they save no audio and why on Earth would they not save the audio from one of the most historic weeks in United States history. Many other talk radio stations in the area play audio from the days and weeks after 9/11/01, only a fool would destroy that audio.
UPDATE: IF ANY LISTENER HAS ANY AUDIO TAPES FROM THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, PLEASE SEND THIS WEBSITE AN EMAIL VIA THE CONTACT BUTTON ON THIS WEBSITE
Here are Francesa’s lies: