MSNBC Fires Pat Buchanan – Says He’s a Racist
MSNBC has fired conservative commentator Pat Buchanan. This comes four months after he was suspended and taken off the air following publication of his latest and most controversial book.
The book Suicide of a Superpower has chapters titled "The End of White America" and "The Death of Christian America." Critics say the book is racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic, and MSNBC listened.
MSNBC President Phil Griffin says he doesn't think Pat Buchanan's book "should be part of the national dialogue, much less part of the dialogue on MSNBC." So, the network has parted ways with Buchanan, and Griffin says "We wish him well."
Buchanan denies the charges against him and his book, and says the decision to fire him is "an undeniable victory for the blacklisters." He says advocacy groups like Color of Change and the Anti-Defamation League label people as racists or anti-Semites if they dare "to venture outside the narrow corral in which they seek to confine debate."
The liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America says MSNBC made the right decision in letting Buchanan go. The book "was not his first, nor his worst offense," said Ari Rabin-Havt, executive vice president of Media Matters. "He's been making the same racially insensitive, anti-Semitic and homophobic statements for the past 50 years."
What do you think? Buchanan is famously conservative and known for his often controversial opinions. Do you think it's ironic that he would be kicked off a TV network that claims to be devoted to free speech and finding truth through the expression of opposing views?
With Buchanan gone, the openly and unabashedly liberal MSNBC no longer has anyone with an opposing view.