FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Jess Levin (202) 772-8162
Washington, DC -- Today, Media Matters for America released the following statement in reaction to Pat Buchanan announcing that he is "departing" MSNBC. In January, network president Phil Griffin spoke to Deadline about the controversy surrounding Buchanan's book, Suicide Of A Superpower, and his status as a contributor, saying he had not made a decision on whether Buchanan would be allowed back on air.
"The ideas Pat Buchanan put forward in Suicide of a Superpower had no place in the national dialogue," said Ari Rabin-Havt, Executive Vice President of Media Matters for America. "But Buchanan's book was not his first, nor his worst offense. He's been making the same racially insensitive, anti-Semitic, and homophobic statements for the past 50 years. MSNBC made the right decision in letting him go."
Rabin-Havt added: "We congratulate Color of Change, Human Rights Campaign, the Anti-Defamation League, Courage Campaign, the National Jewish Democratic Council, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Jewish Funds For Justice, Progressive Jewish Alliance, CREDO Action, and everyone else who joined in calling out Buchanan's bigotry."
For more information on Pat Buchanan's history of bigotry: