Pat Buchanan Canned Over Book at MSNBCBy: Mike Tuttle - February 17, 2012
After an uproar about his publication of a book in October called “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025??”, MSNBC has finally bowed to the pressure from various groups and fired Pat Buchanan.
Some have viewed Buchanan’s book as anti-Semitic, pro-White, and generally racist overall. MSNBC asked Buchanan to not appear on its network while he was promoting the book. After four months of absence, calls for his ouster by the Anti-Defamation League and other groups finally found a hearing ear.
Buchanan, a former speech writer and opposition researcher for Richard Nixon, himself says his book is not racist, but merely reports on the breakdown of America along social and racial lines, which he says threatens to destroy it from within. He says he did not endorse any views that he explored, only reported them.
Buchanan addressed his being let go in a blog post yesterday at The American Conservative:
My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end.
The calls for my firing began almost immediately with the Oct. 18 publication of Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?? A group called Color of Change, whose mission statement says that it “exists to strengthen Black America’s political voice,” claimed that my book espouses a “white supremacist ideology.” Color of Change took particular umbrage at the title of Chapter 4, “The End of White America.”
MSNBC President Phil Griffin told reporters, “I don’t think the ideas that [Buchanan] put forth [in his book] are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC.”
The modus operandi of these thought police at Color of Change and ADL is to brand as racists and anti-Semites any writer who dares to venture outside the narrow corral in which they seek to confine debate. All the while prattling about their love of dissent and devotion to the First Amendment, they seek systematically to silence and censor dissent.
Without a hearing, they smear and stigmatize as racist, homophobic, or anti-Semitic any who contradict what George Orwell once called their “smelly little orthodoxies.” They then demand that the heretic recant, grovel, apologize, and pledge to go forth and sin no more.
Defy them, and they will go after the network where you work, the newspapers that carry your column, the conventions that invite you to speak. If all else fails, they go after the advertisers.
I know these blacklisters. They operate behind closed doors, with phone calls, mailed threats, and off-the-record meetings. They work in the dark because, as Al Smith said, nothing un-American can live in the sunlight.