MSNBC makes Pat Buchanan pay the price for book

Friday, 17 February 2012 15:59
buchananPat021712_optBY BOB HOLT

Pat Buchanan is calling his firing from MSNBC is “an undeniable victory for the blacklisters.”

Buchanan was suspended by the network four months ago after the publication of his latest book, "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?"

The New York Daily News reported that Buchanan’s book contains chapters titled "The End of White America" and "The Death of Christian America" and was called racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic by critics.”

Back in January, Mediaite reported that Buchanan was denying the reports he was suspended and said he was out on medical leave.

Writing for The American Conservative, Buchanan says his 488-page book is his thesis that America is breaking down in religion, race, ethnicity, culture, and ideology, and asks whether or not these subjects are fit for national debate.

He wrote, “The modus operandi of the thought police at Color of Change and Anti-Defamation League is to brand as racists and anti-Semites any writer who dares to venture outside the narrow corral where seek to confine debate. They seek to silence and censor dissent.”

President of MSNBC Phil Griffin had his own opinion, according to the New York Times. “The ideas he put forth aren’t really appropriate for national dialogue, much less on MSNBC,” Griffin said. “Pat is a good guy. Some of his ideas are alarming.”

David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun says that Buchanan has been bad for the cable television and bad for the country for a long time. He says Buchanan has made a nice living over 20 years of cable TV of pushing boundaries of inflammatory speech.

Tim Stanley of the Telegraph, who has done a biography on Buchanan, says that networks are aligning themselves with extreme left or right wing commentators, and Buchanan was dropped to preserve MSNBC’s liberal brand. He calls Buchanan’s firing a black day for open debate and free speech, and says the network will regret it.

Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly even weighed in on Mediaite, saying, “They can hire and fire whoever they want. My thing is, Buchanan’s not saying anything now that he hasn’t said before in different forms. They knew what they were getting.”

Comments (1)
1 Saturday, 18 February 2012 10:55
Carol Crystle
I haven't read his book but we need to allow his views to be discussed. I thought the point of free speech was to allow people to express unpopular ideas.
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