Yep, Pat Buchanan is officially out as a commentator for MSNBC, after being suspended from the network for controversial statements in his most recent book.
The network, in a statement, says it’s severed ties with the conservative icon and former presidential candidate:
“After ten years, we’ve parted ways with Pat Buchanan. We wish him well.”
Buchanan was suspended from MSNBC following the publication of “Suicide of a Superpower,” with eye-catching chapter titles like “The End of White America” and “The Death of Christian America.” Some detractors deemed the book racist and anti-Semitic, though Buchanan denied the allegations.
In a column he wrote on Thursday, Buchanan responded to his detractors thusly:
“All the while prattling about their love of dissent and devotion to the First Amendment, they seek systematically to silence and censor dissent.”
*MSNBC has suspended conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, according to Phil Griffin, the network’s president. The suspension comes from words in Buchanan’s book, “Suicide of a Superpower.” Buchanan has stated that President Obama arrived to the White House as a result of Affirmative Action and that the country “has been built, basically, by white folks.”
Griffin seems concerned about two of the chapters in Buchanan’s book, one of them titled “The End of White America,” and the other called “The Death of Christian America.”
The MSNBC president is quoted in the AP 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.”
I’ve only met MSNBC President Phil Griffin one time. He and I were on a panel together at the National Action Network Conference, hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton. Griffin seems like a nice enough guy, and we haven’t spoken since. But if we were to have another conversation, I’d ask him one simple question: How in the holy hayell is a man like Pat Buchanan still on your payroll?
I remember Columbia University Professor Marc Lamont Hill being fired from Fox News after one very quick, dirty and misleading smear campaign. I recall Rev. Jesse Jackson being fired from CNN because he had a child out of wedlock. Yet, Pat Buchanan has spent the last 40 years speaking and acting in ways that would put David Duke to shame, and the network continues to treat him like he’s just a regular guy.
In spite of how hard Buchanan has worked to prove to MSNBC that he is a bigot in analyst’s clothing, they have continued to reward him with a high salary, limousine rides and a national platform for his racially inflammatory remarks. This is another example of the same white privilege that allows Don Imus to continue making good money after referring to a group of black women as “nappy headed hoes.”
Not only does MSNBC need to fire Pat Buchanan, they need to ask themselves why they didn’t get rid of him long ago. Is it because so many millions of Americans think the way he does? Is it because they simply don’t care what he says? Or perhaps it’s the obvious – that disrespecting black people is at the bottom of the political priority list for most major organizations.
The saddest truth in the world for black people is that even our friends have a hard time respecting us. We end up stuck between Republicans who want to kill us and starve our kids, and Democrats who care about almost none of the issues that matter to our community. Over the last two months, when MSNBC celebrated reduced unemployment as a victory for the Obama Administration, they failed to make note of the fact that black unemployment has gone up over the same period of time. Our agenda only matters when it happens to be their agenda; but I argue that it’s time to speak clearly about the black agenda.
While I am not entitled to tell anyone how to react to Pat Buchanan, MSNBC or anyone else, I encourage people of color to honestly ask themselves whether our friends or our enemies have very much respect for our community. If this were the court of law and we were reviewing the evidence, I argue that the verdict would be abundantly clear. Firing Pat Buchanan is the least this network can do and the firing should be followed by an apology to us all. Buchanan brings few redeeming qualities to MSNBC, and President Griffin knows this.
*Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips defended Pat Buchanan against charges of racism by African-American civil rights group Color of Change, arguing that “the racist in this story is the group, the ColorOfChange,” reports Talking Points Memo.
Phillips, in a blog post on Tuesday, wrote that “despite my opinions of Pat Buchanan, he is clearly a man of accomplishment who does very intelligently express the sentiments of parts of the conservative movement. It is no shock that the left is going after him.”
“Let’s be blunt,” he added, “the racist in this story is the group, the ColorOfChange. They are a very anti-American, far left group.” These “left wing racist nuts,” Phillips said, are “a danger to America and to freedom.”
Phillips was responding to ColorOfChange’s call for MSNBC to fire Buchanan, who is a contributor on the network, after he appeared on the radio program The Political Cesspool to promote his new book.
“This weekend Pat Buchanan showed us where he really belongs — on white supremacist radio, not on national television,” Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, said in a statement on Tuesday. “MSNBC’s motto is ‘lean forward,’ but Pat Buchanan’s bigoted ideology would be backwards for the 1930s. Thousands of ColorOfChange members – Black Americans and our allies of every race – are calling on MSNBC to fire him immediately.”
Color of Change also called The Political Cesspool “white nationalist,” and the show, which is hosted by “Racism, Schmacism” author James Edwards, certainly does not do much to dispute that label, notes TPM. It is pro-secession and “against homosexuality, vulgarity, loveless sex, and masochism.” In its “Statement Of Principles,” it describes itself as “pro-White” and says things like “America would not be as prosperous, ruggedly individualistic, and a land of opportunity if the founding stock were not Europeans” and “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.”
Buchanan’s book “Suicide Of A Superpower” waxes nostalgic about the segregation era and cites crime statistics that he says “might explain why black folks have trouble getting a cab. Every New York cabby must know the odds, should he pick up a man of color at night.”
Scroll down below the video to read 12 excerpts from the book deemed racist by TPM.
On Tuesday Buchanan defended himself on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show. [Scroll down to listen.] Rehm pointed out that Edwards and the The Political Cesspool have been called anti-Semitic and white supremacist by the Anti-Defamation League. “I think [ADL Director Abe Foxman] has called me even worse names than he is calling this radio station,” Buchanan said. “I think there’s an awful lot of smearing being done, by the Anti-Defamation League frankly, over the years, of individuals who simply disagree maybe with US policy towards Israel, and a lot of name-calling.”
He added: “Am I supposed to go and vet all the people on these shows, and get the list from Abe Foxman of what shows I can go onto?”
TPM went through and picked out some highlights from “Suicide of a Superpower”:
From the Preface:
When the faith dies, the culture dies, the civilization dies, the people die. That is the progression. And as the faith that gave birth to the West is dying in the West, peoples of European descent from the steppes of Russia to the coast of California have begun to die out, as the Third World treks north to claim the estate. The last decade provided corroborating if not conclusive proof that we are in the Indian summer of our civilization.
From the chapter, “The Death Of Christian America”:
Obama’s White House thus enlisted in the long and successful campaign to expel Christianity from the public square, diminish its presence in our public life, and reduce its role to that of just another religion.
From the chapter, “The End Of White America”:
The white population will begin to shrink and, should present birth rates persist, slowly disappear. Hispanics already comprise 42 percent of New Mexico’s population, 37 percent of California’s, 38 percent of Texas’s, and over half the population of Arizona under the age of twenty. ……. Mexico is moving north. Ethnically, linguistically, and culturally, the verdict of 1848 is being overturned. Will this Mexican nation within a nation advance the goals of the Constitution—to “insure domestic tranquility” and “make us a more perfect union”? Or has our passivity in the face of this invasion imperiled our union?
On the group UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. pushing for more diversity in journalism:
Half a century after Martin Luther King envisioned a day when his children would be judged ‘not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character,’ journalists of color are demanding the hiring and promotion of journalists based on the color of their skin. Jim Crow is back. Only the color of the beneficiaries and the color of the victims have been reversed.
Also from the chapter, “The End Of White America”:
Those who believe the rise to power of an Obama rainbow coalition of peoples of color means the whites who helped to engineer it will steer it are deluding themselves. The whites may discover what it is like to ride in the back of the bus.
From the chapter, “Equality or Freedom?”:
Not until the 1960s did courts begin to use the Fourteenth Amendment to impose a concept of equality that the authors of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, The Federalist Papers, and the Gettysburg Address never believed in. Before the 1960s, equality meant every citizen enjoyed the same constitutional rights and the equal protection of existing laws. Nothing in the Constitution or federal law mandated social, racial, or gender equality.
From the chapter “The Diversity Cult”:
Americans who seek stricter immigration control have been charged with many social sins: racism, xenophobia, nativism. Yet none has sought to expel any fellow American based on color or creed. We have only sought to preserve the country we grew up in. Do not people everywhere do that, without being reviled? What motivates people who insist that America’s doors be held open wide until the European majority has disappeared? What is their grudge against the old America that eats at their heart?
If [conservative political commentator Heather] Mac Donald’s statistics are accurate, 49 of every 50 muggings and murders in New York are the work of minorities. That might explain why black folks have trouble getting a cab. Every New York cabby must know the odds, should he pick up a man of color at night.
From the chapter “‘The White Party’”:
What the above points to is a strategy from which Republicans will recoil, a strategy to increase the GOP share of the white Christian vote and increase the turnout of that vote by specific appeals to social, cultural, and moral issues, and for equal justice for the emerging white minority. If the GOP is not the party of New Haven firefighter Frank Ricci and Cambridge cop James Crowley, it has no future. And although Howard Dean disparages the Republicans as the “white party,” why should Republicans be ashamed to represent the progeny of the men who founded, built, and defended America since her birth as a nation?
From the chapter “The Last Chance”:
Our intellectual, cultural, and political elites are today engaged in one of the most audacious and ambitious experiments in history. They are trying to transform a Western Christian republic into an egalitarian democracy made up of all the tribes, races, creeds, and cultures of planet Earth. They have dethroned our God, purged our cradle faith from public life, and repudiated the Judeo-Christian moral code by which previous generations sought to live.
From the same chapter:
For the Left to concede that white anger is a legitimate response to racial injustices done to white people would be to concede that the Left is guilty of the very sin of which it accuses the right.
On the segregation era:
Perhaps some of us misremember the past. But the racial, religious, cultural, social, political, and economic divides today seem greater than they seemed even in the segregation cities some of us grew up in.
Back then, black and white lived apart, went to different schools and churches, played on different playgrounds, and went to different restaurants, bars, theaters, and soda fountains. But we shared a country and a culture. We were one nation. We were Americans.
Case in point, loud mouth conservative commentator/critic Pat Buchanan was being interviewed by Sharpton about the Bush tax cuts when he got a little too comfortable and referred to President Obama to the Rev as “your boy.”
Uh oh, it was on a crackin’
“And let me tell you, your boy, Barack Obama, caved in on it in 2010 and he’ll cave in on it again,” Buchannan said.
“My what? My president Barack Obama? What did you say?” a fiery Sharpton inquired.
“He’s your boy in the ring, he’s your fighter,” Buchanan responded.
“He’s nobody’s boy,” Sharpton thundered back. “He’s your president and he’s our president. And that’s what y’all have got to get through your head.”
Fast forward to today’s “Morning Joe” where Buchanan sought to clarify his comments:
“I was asked who was the big losers in these battles and the big winners, and I said one of the big losers, using boxing terminology, was ‘your boy,’ and I meant the president of the United States,” he said. “Rev. Sharpton said my boy is the president of the United States and he’s doing a rope-a-dope in the Ali fashion and he’s going to finish off your crowd. Now this was taken, some folks took what I said as some kind of slur. None was meant, none was intended, none was delivered, for the record.”