Skip to comments.The New Blacklist by Pat Buchanan (fired by MSNBC)
Posted on 02/16/2012 11:53:12 PM PST by iowamark
My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end.
After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous.
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."
Media Matters parroted the party line: He has blasphemed!
A Human Rights Campaign that bills itself as America's leading voice for lesbians, bisexuals, gays and transgendered people said that Buchanan's "extremist ideas are incredibly harmful to millions of LBGT people around the world."
Their rage was triggered by a remark to NPR's Diane Rehm that I believe homosexual acts to be "unnatural and immoral."
On Nov. 2, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, who has sought to have me censored for 22 years, piled on.
"Buchanan has shown himself, time and again, to be a racist and an anti-Semite," said Foxman. Buchanan "bemoans the destruction of white Christian America" and says America's shrinking Jewish population is due to the "collective decision of Jews themselves."
Well, yes, I do bemoan what Newsweek's 2009 cover called "The Decline and Fall of Christian America" and editor Jon Meacham described as "The End of Christian America." After all, I am a Christian.
And what else explains the shrinkage of the U.S. Jewish population by 6 percent in the 1990s and its projected decline by another 50 percent by 2050, if not the "collective decision of Jews themselves"?
Let error be tolerated, said Thomas Jefferson, "so long as reason is left free to combat it." What Foxman and ADL are about in demanding that my voice be silenced is, in the Jeffersonian sense, intrinsically un-American.
Consider what it is these people are saying.
They are saying that a respected publisher, St. Martin's, colluded with me to produce a racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic book, and CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, Fox Business News and the 150 radio shows on which I appeared failed to detect its evil and helped to promote a moral atrocity.
If my book is racist and anti-Semitic, how did Sean Hannity, Erin Burnett, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Megyn Kelly, Lou Dobbs and Ralph Nader miss that? How did Charles Payne, African-American host on Fox radio, who has interviewed me three times, fail to detect its racism?
How did Michael Medved miss its anti-Semitism?
In a 2009 cover story in the Atlantic, "The End of White America?" from which my chapter title was taken, professor Hua Hsu revels in the passing of America's white majority.
At Portland State, President Clinton got a huge ovation when he told students that white Americans will be a minority in 2050.
Is this writer alone forbidden to broach the subject?
That homosexual acts are unnatural and immoral has been doctrine in the Catholic Church for 2,000 years.
Is it now hate speech to restate traditional Catholic beliefs?
Documented in the 488 pages and 1,500 footnotes of "Suicide of a Superpower" is my thesis that America is Balkanizing, breaking down along the lines of religion, race, ethnicity, culture and ideology, and that Western peoples are facing demographic death by century's end.
Are such subjects taboo? Are they unfit for national debate?
So it would seem. 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."
In the 10 years I have been at MSNBC, the network has taken heat for what I have written, and faithfully honored our contract.
Yet my four-months' absence from MSNBC and now my departure represent an undeniable victory for the blacklisters.
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.
Yes, he was the go to “Conservative” for MSNBC. Not because he was an eloquent and effective spokesman for our cause - but to discredit us with his clumsy thinking and reflexive antisemitism.
Because at Creators they were stupid enough to fall for Buchanan's idiotic formulation that his views were being silenced!
MSNBC declining to pay Pat does not diminish his first amendment rights.
Is that the discussion of free speech you wanted?
He wasn’t criminal. But, he sould not have been surprised how it ended. He has been surrounded by the Hard Left for years at MSLSD. Did he think that these savage pigs and their allies would not turn on him?
Just commenting on the difference. I wanted nothing.
It was not his anti-semitism. The people who fired him hate Israel as much as he does.
It was his expression as a member of a forbidden race - whitey - concerning the current the status of white Americans and the country their ancestors built in light of the Left’s multicultural scheme of diversity racism. It’s not pretty. And no one white is supposed to mention it. Whitey does not get a tribal voice or point of view in socialist multiculturalism. That’s raaaacis! Pat was okay as long as he just targeted Republicans.
You're going to have to point directly to that. I don't see that anywhere in the link you posted.
Not all evil people are liberals, but all liberals are evil.
They embrace it......mother’s milk to them.
My sentiments exactly.
Say what ?
You obviously are too dense to discern the difference between the views of a traditional, constitutional republican such as Buchanan and the vast mushy Republicans that populate the National Review and the crappy GOP and too wimpy to stand up to the left. Just another worthless chump in this war.
I’m sure he’ll keep his long-time gig at the McLaughlin Group.
The McLaughlin Group is a panel show on pbs fri. night and Sun. morning, evenly divided between libs of varying degrees and conservatives likewise. I love their raucous 25 min. exchanges.
He is a reactionary antisemite who can be counted upon to say favorable things about Hitler.
He is not a traditional constitutional Republican as much as he is a reflexively antiSemetic nationalist.
Moreover there was no 1st Amendment issues with his no longer being paid to disgrace conservatism by MSNBC.
Obviously you are too dense to discern that MSNBC didn't hire Buchanan to advance conservatism but to put him up as an ugly caricature of a Conservative.
Why do you give credence to leftwing smears?
In his dotage Bill Buckley developed a sad record of turning on his conservative friends. Buckley had socialized for years with liberals- wasn’t Galbraith one he often mentioned?- and some think that he was seeking to ingratiate himself with that society as the years went by. I’ve read a number of accounts from people who knew him well, I think it was Peter Brimelow’s that was one of the most insightful.
“On Pres Nixon’s downfall:
He paid the price for trying to help an old, dear and loyal friend.
that friend being AG Mitchell who was about to be crucified by the Liberal Democrat Watergate Witch Trials. “
If you have never read “Silent Coup” by Colodny and Gettlin you should try to find a copy. It describes in detail how Nixon believed that Mitchell had organized the break in, and Nixon was trying to protect him. Mitchell thought that Nixon had ordered the break in, and Mitchell was trying to protect Nixon. They didn’t discuss Watergate with each other so they never learned that neither had organized the burglary.
Colodny and Gettlin believe that the man who actually conceived the break in was none other than John Dean, whose fiancee had been a high priced call girl operating out of the DNC offices that were the target of the burglary. Dean managed to bring down the Nixon administration in his successful effort to save his own hide from going to jail.
and one simply cannot criticize Israel
Israel is like Sarah Palin
the truths about Israel, Jews, Jewish envying Goyim and yes even Sarah Palin
is not so simple
I applaud you and Vendome
bravery in the face of the smear bomb
I own Suicide of a Superpower and think everyone should read it even anti-Semite baiters here
(did they get bored with Ron Paul maybe?)
anyhow...does that mean I share Pat's views on Israel..no
but do I agree with him on the Culture War and Race and the loss of a White or Christian majority here in my country where my ancestors have been long before the whiners folks came?
they don't like it...that's too bad...I don't care what PC freepers have to say anymore...they are part of the problem far more than Pat Buchanan is
nice post...I’m with ya