MSNBC Thursday dropped conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, the recipient of two “Thumbs Down” awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, after decades of complaints that his pronouncements amounted to expressions of white nationalism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. The trigger this time appeared to be his latest book.
Pat Buchanan wrote of his critics, ”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.’
“The calls for my firing began almost immediately with the Oct. 18 publication of ‘Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?‘ Buchanan wrote in his column for Creators Syndicate on Thursday.
He went on to describe his critics: “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.”
“The book ‘Suicide of a Superpower’ contained chapters titled ‘The End of White America’ and ‘The Death of Christian America,” David Bauder wrote Thursday for the Associated Press. “Critics called the book racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic, charges Buchanan denied.
“MSNBC President Phil Griffin said last month that he didn’t think Buchanan’s book ‘should be part of the national dialogue, much less part of the dialogue on MSNBC.’
“The network said on Thursday that ‘after 10 years, we have decided to part ways with Pat Buchanan. We wish him well.’
“Buchanan, in a column posted on Thursday, called the decision ‘an undeniable victory for the blacklisters.’