Longtime conservative author and commentator Pat Buchanan wrote in The American Conservative that his “days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end” and that he’s been blacklisted from the network. MSNBC executives say the controversial content of Buchanan’s most recent book, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025, was was prompted the decision.
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.”
Buchanan ceded that for the 10 years he was 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.”
MSNBC president Phil Griffin told reporters that the ideas put forth in Buchanan’s latest book, “aren’t really appropriate for national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC.”
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.