Pat Buchanan: Gone At Last From MSNBC, Hopefully Forever
Enough was enough. Thank you, Color of Change, for putting the pressure on MSNBC to suspend this racist crank, in a campaign that’s been going on since October 2011. However, Buchanan definitely merits firing, not suspension.
Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan has been suspended indefinitely from MSNBC, according to a statement from that network’s President Phil Griffin. An Associated Press article on CBSNews.com blames reaction to Buchanan’s latest book Suicide of a Superpower for his ouster from the cable network, as well as a campaign by the advocacy group, Color of Change.
The former Nixon aide has long courted controversy. In April of this year he said that President Obama’s path to the White House was the result of “Affirmative Action all the way.” In 2009, he asserted that the U.S. “has been a country built, basically, by white folks.”
MSNBC’s Griffin apparently believes, however, that Buchanan’s newest work has crossed a line. Suicide of a Superpower came out in October and features chapters with titles like “The End of White America” and “The Death of Christian America.”
The AP quotes Griffin as saying, “Because of the content of the book, I didn’t think it should be part of the national dialogue, much less part of the dialogue on MSNBC.”
And the national dialogue could do without this white supremacist, neo-Fascist twaddle. I’m sure Buchanan will be able to find a home over at Faux Noise, where they traffic in code words, dog whistles, veiled threats, race baits and other outrages that belong in the dustbins of history. And he’ll be well-paid for it, especially when the election year of 2012 really gets underway.
As a side view: I’m pretty much convinced that this is going to be one of the nastiest and most racist presidential campaigns in American history. And don’t think that obvious GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s too nice a kinda guy not to get down to that level. No, not with the presidency at stake. All bets are off on that score. Restore Our Future, a Romney superPAC, was co-founded in 2008 by Larry McCarthy, a media consultant who once worked with Roger Ailes, currently head of Fox News. (And thanks to Ishmael Reed for passing on this knowledge.) McCarthy was the Bush I campaign guy who produced the Willie Horton ad that helped to sink the presidential bid of former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.
Restore Our Future was recently found to have raised over $12 million during the first six months of 2011. Uncontrolled and unfettered, PACs can raise a passel of money and create ads far beyond the auspices or expectations of a nominee’s national campaign, so I’m sure that the President will be facing some very personal as well as political attacks next summer and fall. These attacks should be viewed as nothing less than racist half-truths, thanks to smear veterans like McCarthy.
New York, NY – African-American civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org today responded to MSNBC’s decision to indefinitely end Pat Buchanan’s time on air. Over 86,000 ColorOfChange members called on MSNBC to end their ties with Buchanan.
“ColorOfChange.org welcomes MSNBC’s decision to indefinitely supend Pat Buchanan,” said ColorOfChange.org Executive Director Rashad Robinson. “However, it’s time for MSNBC to permanently end their relationship with Pat Buchanan and the hateful, outdated ideas he represents. We appreciate this first step and urge MSNBC to take the important final step to ensure that their brand is no longer associated with Buchanan’s history of passing off white supremacy ideology as mainstream political commentary.”
ColorOfChange.org launched their campaign calling on MSNBC to fire Buchanan after his appearance on white nationalist radio program The Political Cesspool, where he promoted his latest book. The Political Cesspool describes itself as representing “a philosophy that is pro-White … We wish to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races.” The show has a reputation for being racist, sexist, anti-gay, and anti-Semitic. In calling for his firing, the group also cited a long history of bigoted rhetoric from Buchanan.
Color of Change was joined by CREDO Action in its drive to oust Buchanan; together the two organizations garnered 275,000 petition signatures. CREDO Action had called for Buchanan’s firing several months earlier than Color of Change’s activities. Since the Color of Change campaign began, however, Buchanan has been missing in action on MSNBC’s weeknight political shows, including those helmed by Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews. Color of Change, with 800,000 members, calls itself the nation’s largest online political organization.
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