One day after it was announced that longtime conservative commentator Pat Buchanan had been let go from MSNBC, the former presidential candidate sat for an exclusive interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News to discuss why he was dropped.
"It is quite clear that the people of Media Matters and the others are saying is what Buchanan says doesn't deserve to be heard. We don't want to challenge him, it simply should be purged from the air," Buchanan said, referring to the left-leaning media watchdog group. "I think they're engaged in a blacklist Sean, a blacklist of conservative and traditionalist thought."
As The Blaze previously reported, Buchanan's future with the network was in question after charges that his latest book "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive 2025?" was racist and anti-Semitic.
Hannity, referencing recent revelations about Media Matters exposed this week by the Daily Caller, asked Buchanan whether he thinks there's a campaign afoot to silence conservative voices.
"There are elements in our society and they are predominantly on the hard left that say it's no longer enough to challenge and contradict or defeat or fight these fellas in arguments," Buchanan said. "We've got to smear them, stigmatize as racist or homophobic and then we've gotta silence and censor them and the way we do it is go after the media outlets that put them on the air...this is un-American what is going on right now."Hannity pointed out that after years of watching Buchanan, his views don't seem to have changed, but he pointed to the chapter title in his latest book that has drawn particular outrage -- "The End of White America" -- and asked him to explain it.
“The year 2042, people had talked about where the European majority in the country, the white majority, would be a minority," Buchanan said. "Now, there was a cover story in The Atlantic titled 'The End of White America,’ and this fella who was a professor celebrated it. Bill Clinton went out to Portland State and said hey, by 2050, there’s going to be no racial majority in the country, and everybody applauded."
"So I took up that issue and I said, ‘Wait a minute. This -- it’s not known for sure that this is going to be beneficial because I don’t know a country in this day and age where there’s no ethnic majority that is not in danger of coming apart. And my question is, why can everybody else celebrate this and say it’s wonderful, and I can’t even write about it without being blacklisted?”
Hannity asked whether Buchanan might be talking more about culture than race and questioned why he would bring ethnicity into the argument at all.
"I think you imperil the unity of the country and the culture -- which comes out of the religion -- if the religion goes and the culture goes and the ethnic core go and the language goes and if it's all languages and all groups, what holds a people together?" Buchanan said. "My point is, an ethnic core -- in other words the fact that we were a Western and European people predominantly and we had 10 percent African American. This was one of the strengths of this country as well as the culture."