In his latest Washington Times column, "American rock 'n' roll, sporting and political activist icon" and National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent criticizes MSNBC in response to Pat Buchanan's announcement that he is departing the network. According to Nugent, Buchanan "was fired by MSNBC for doing nothing more than voicing his rock-solid conservative thoughts" on the air.
Nugent also criticizes "leftists" for using "anti-American guerrilla warfare tactics" by attempting to "silence" conservatives, adding that their "real message" is "intolerance, zealotry, bigotry and hate."
As Buchanan noted in his column, his parting from MSNBC came in the face of sustained criticism from Media Matters, Color of Change, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Anti-Defamation League, among others, in response to Buchanan's lengthy record of bigoted comments.
Nugent, of course, has his own history of inflammatory rhetoric.
Fox News host Chris Wallace said today that recently-departed MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan has said things "I'm not particularly fond of" and "has said some very incendiary things about Israel, about Jews, about blacks, about other minorities." Wallace also rebutted Buchanan's claim that he was "blacklisted," saying that management has a right to fire him and groups have a right to protest his comments if they're offended.
"I'm not saying that I am particularly fond of these groups either, but, you know, you don't have a right to be on MSNBC or Fox or any of these places ... [it's] the prerogative of the -- of the management and a group that is offended by your comments has the right to complain about it," Wallace said on The Mike Gallagher Show. "I don't think they blacklisted him."
Wallace later said of Buchanan:
WALLACE: No, well I, look, I mean, I wasn't prepared to get into a discussion about Pat Buchanan's views --
GALLAGHER: I understand, I understand.
WALLACE: -- and I don't have them, but I do know over the years, because I remember when I was at ABC, we had him on Nightline. He has said some very incendiary things about Israel, about Jews, about blacks, about other minorities, and I -- you know, look, he's entitled to say those things. It's a free country, but on the other hand, groups that are offended by those remarks are entitled to say it too.
GALLAGHER: I guess I am just so fascinated --
WALLACE: And let me just finish my thought. And an employer, be it Fox News or MSNBC or anybody else, is entitled to say, "you know what? We don't want this guy."
Listen to Wallace's remarks about Buchanan on today's The Mike Gallagher Show:
After discussing a network's prerogative to fire its commentators, Wallace mentioned Glenn Beck's departure from Fox News' lineup.
"Now, I don't know that Glenn Beck was fired, but certainly, did it help his situation that he made such incendiary remarks that, you know, calling Obama a racist?" Wallace asked.
In his new syndicated column headlined "The New Blacklist," Pat Buchanan announces that he is departing from MSNBC. He devotes much of the column to lashing out against organizations that have called for him to be held accountable for his bigoted rhetoric:
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."
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.
A series of inflammatory claims made by Pat Buchanan about race and crime are baseless and disingenuous, experts tell Media Matters.
The controversial passages appear in Buchanan's recently released book, Suicide of a Superpower. Buchanan raises the specter of "interracial rape" perpetrated by black men against white women and separately suggests that "largely black juries" are refusing to convict "even patently guilty black felons."
One of the book's key themes is Buchanan's rejection of the "fashionable" argument that "America's greatness comes from her diversity" [Page 226]. According to Buchanan, the massive waves of immigration that shaped America in the 19th and early 20th centuries were only beneficial because the immigrants were "white":
Celebrants of diversity point to the Irish immigration of the 1840s and the great wave of immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe from 1890 to 1920. America, they argue, despite nativist fears, successfully integrated these diverse peoples into one nation. They ignore the crucial elements that made America work.
All these people were Europeans. All were white. Almost all were Christian. After each wave of immigration, there were long periods of little or no immigration that gave America time to assimilate the newcomers. And before they were fully assimilated, their children and grandchildren passed through deeply patriotic public and parochial schools where they were immersed in the language, literature, history, and traditions of this unique people. Today, however, those schools have been converted into madrassas of modernity where it is forbidden to invoke the faith of our fathers and American history is often taught as a series of crimes against peoples of color [Page 234].
In the same chapter, Buchanan points to black-on-white crime -- and black-on-white rape, in particular -- as a major cause of ongoing racial strife. Citing a Bureau of Justice Statistics study (which he wrongly attributes to the "FBI"), Buchanan writes, "Interracial rape is almost exclusively black-on-white, with 14,000 assaults on white women by African American males in 2007. Not one case of white sexual assault on a black female was found in the FBI study" [Page 243].
Given the history of racism and violence fueled by allegations of black-on-white rape, one would think that Buchanan and his publisher -- Thomas Dunne Books -- would be especially careful about printing such claims. But Michael Rand, a senior BJS statistician who oversaw the study Buchanan cited, tells Media Matters that Buchanan's interpretation of the data is "incorrect."
From the November 15 edition of Trunews Radio with Rick Wiles:
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MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan has a long history of bigoted commentary in his books, columns, speeches, memos, and media appearances. Here are a few of his worst moments on MSNBC.
On November 2, The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued the following statement:
ADL DENOUNCES PAT BUCHANAN'S BIGOTED VIEWS IN RECENT BOOK;
URGES MSNBC TO RECONSIDER HIS ROLE WITH THE NETWORK
New York, NY, November 2, 2011 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) voiced grave concern today that Pat Buchanan, a political analyst for MSNBC, continues to openly express anti-Semitic, racist and anti-immigrant views.
In his new book, Suicide of a Superpower, Buchanan reiterates many of his bigoted views, which are nearly identical to those of self-declared "white nationalists." Some of his outrageous claims include blaming the downfall of the U.S. on "racial diversity" and attributing the decrease in the Jewish population to a "collective decision" to have abortions. Buchanan recently appeared on The Political Cesspool radio show, which is run by white supremacist James Edwards, to promote his new book. It was his third appearance on the show.
"Buchanan has shown himself, time and again, to be a racist and an anti-Semite," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "It is especially disturbing that he continues to be given a platform to espouse his views at a mainstream network like MSNBC, where he is presented as a knowledgeable and respected analyst. Buchanan continues to show his true colors by espousing hateful, bigoted statements in his new book."
In a letter this week to Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, the League urged the network to stop giving Buchanan "legitimacy and credibility" by providing a platform for him as an analyst.
In a 2009 report, "Patrick Buchanan: Unrepentant Bigot," ADL said that Buchanan's increasingly bigoted worldview is identical to those of self-declared "white nationalists." Buchanan has repeatedly demonized Jews and minorities and has openly affiliated with white supremacists. He has also claimed that the sovereignty of the United States is being undermined by Israeli control and Mexican incursion.
In his new book, Suicide of a Superpower, Buchanan blames the disintegration of the U.S. on its racial diversity and bemoans the destruction of white, Christian America.
Buchanan also turns his attention to the Jews in the book. In a discussion about the declining population of white Americans, Buchanan outrageously claims that the Jewish population is shrinking, as well, due to the "collective decision of Jews themselves," to support and have abortions.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
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Pat Buchanan has written that women are "less equipped psychologically" to succeed in the workplace, and blamed the breakdown of the family, in part, on an increase in women working in professions like the media. Buchanan has suggested that the ideal place for a woman is not in a newsroom or boardroom, but at home, since the "momma bird builds the nest. So it was, so it ever shall be."
In a 1983 column, Buchanan wrote that women are "simply not endowed by nature with the same measures of single-minded ambition and the will to succeed in the fiercely competitive world of Western capitalism." Buchanan added that "women deserve an equal chance at the starting line. But, for women, there is an honorable and honored exit from the rat race - home, hearth and family":
Rail as they will against 'discrimination,' women are simply not endowed by nature with the same measures of single-minded ambition and the will to succeed in the fiercely competitive world of Western capitalism. Exceptional women can and do succeed; and women deserve an equal chance at the starting line. But, for women, there is an honorable and honored exit from the rat race -- home, hearth and family. It is an option closed, by social sanction, to the average male. By a ratio of eleven-to-one over men, women exercise this option of voluntary separation from the marketplace, sometimes for years, sometimes for decades. The momma bird builds the nest. So it was, so it ever shall be. Ronald Reagan is not responsible for this; God is.
Less equipped psychologically to "stay the course" in the brawling arenas of business, commerce, industry and the professions, women are physically unequipped to compete in the worlds of athletics and arms.
In his 1988 book Right from the Beginning, Buchanan wrote that the "real liberators of American women were not feminist noisemakers; they were the automobile, the supermarket, the shopping center, the dishwasher, the washer-dryer, the freezer, the garbage disposal and frozen food."
The real liberators of American women were not feminist noisemakers; they were the automobile, the supermarket, the shopping center, the dishwasher, the washer-dryer, the freezer, the garbage disposal and frozen food. As soon as the remarkable conveniences of the Affluent Society were introduced, Mom could spend more of her time reading books, teaching public school kids their Catholic faith at CCD, organizing the Gonzaga Mothers Club, and, when the children started leaving home, operating Meals on Wheels in Chevy Chase. Until the feds nationalized that, too.
When the women's movement declared that women deserved equal opportunity, and equal pay for equal work, it was pushing against an open door in our household. When it started disparaging the role of wife and mother, and promoting "abortion rights," the feminists lost every family like ours.
From the October 30 edition of The McLaughlin Group:
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Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice released the following statement today:
For decades, Patrick Buchanan has been stoking the flames of hate. And after Patrick Buchanan's recent appearance on the self-described "pro-White" radio program The Political Cesspool, the time has come to say enough is enough. That's why we are joining the call for MSNBC to stop giving airtime to Pat Buchanan's bigotry. With the publication of his new book, "Suicide of a Superpower," he speaks openly of his fears of American diversity, warning of a time when "whites may discover what it is like to ride in the back of the bus." We are proud to join Media Matters, Color of Change, Human Rights Coalition, and others in asking MSNBC to stop giving Patrick Buchanan a national forum for his hate.
Stosh Cotler, PJA & JFSJ Executive Vice President added:
Each time Patrick Buchanan appears on MSNBC, the network legitimizes his extremist viewpoints, giving him a national platform from which to stoke the flames of hate. Our nation faces serious problems, which is why PJA & JFJS is speaking out now along with other groups working to create good jobs, prevent foreclosures, and strengthen communities. For Buchanan, tough times means upping the ante in the blame game, pointing his finger and spewing hate. We join our allies in saying, enough is enough. MSNBC, it's time to take Patrick Buchanan off your pay rolls. Patrick Buchanan belongs on the fringe with the fringe views -- including anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, and Islamophobia -- that have earned him the label of "unrepentant bigot" from the Anti-Defamation League.
The Courage Campaign released the following statement today:
Courage Campaign Calls on MSNBC to Fire Commentator Pat Buchanan
Buchanan Has Been Promoting his Latest Book on White Supremacist Radio Stations and Repeatedly Making Homophobic Remarks
"Sane, clear-thinking people everywhere are asking why does MSNBC continue to give political commentator Pat Buchanan a stage for him to spout his hatred," said Rick Jacobs, chair and founder of the 700,000 member Courage Campaign. "And ironically, MSNBC's motto is 'lean forward,' but if they don't do something about Buchanan soon, they might as well change their motto to 'look backwards.' This is why we are joining with our friends at Media Matters and the Human Rights Campaign in calling on this typically well-regarded television station to sanction, or better yet, fire Buchanan."
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Citing Media Matters' research, the National Jewish Democratic Council responds to Pat Buchanan's "bizarre fixation on Jews," and his allegation from Suicide of a Superpower that American Jews made a "collective decision" to reduce their population by supporting abortion rights:
Former Republican Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan's most recent book - Suicide of a Superpower - addressed the alleged disappearance of American Jews by insinuating that there is a "collective decision" among pro-choice Jewish women to seek abortions. A brief analysis of Buchanan's bogus argument reveals its absurdity and complete lack of logical reasoning or factual support.
Given Buchanan's bizarre fixation on Jews--including his beliefs that Jews are overrepresented in the government and have too much influence in Washington--it is surprising that he has decided to express concern over an alleged decline in the Jewish population - especially considering that the 2010 Brandeis study found an increase in the number of American Jews.
The Human Rights Campaign today released the following statement:
HRC Joins Media Matters' Call for MSNBC to Sanction Pat Buchanan
Longtime paid political analyst defends his homophobic stance
WASHINGTON- The Human Rights Campaign - the nation's largest civil rights organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality - joins Media Matters' call on MSNBC and its parent company, NBCUniversal, to sanction contributor Pat Buchanan, who has a long history of making public anti-gay statements. Most recently, Buchanan told NPR's The Diane Rehm Show that homosexuality is "unnatural."
"I believe that homosexuality is -- that it is unnatural activity. Unnatural and immoral," Buchanan told host Diane Rehm on October 25. "I would say that kind of conduct should be discouraged in a good society, in a healthy society."
Every credible major medical and mental health organization in the United States has stated that homosexuality is normal, and attempts to alter or oppress a person's sexual orientation can be dangerous and damaging.
"While Pat Buchanan is free to hold and express his views, the fact that MSNBC has given him a public platform to spew this sort of dangerous rhetoric is unacceptable, "said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "MSNBC should sanction Mr. Buchanan, as his extremist ideas are incredibly harmful to millions of LGBT people around the world."
During his tenure as a political commentator for MSNBC, Buchanan has made a number of bigoted, racist, and anti-Semitic comments for which he has been reprimanded.
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From the October 26 edition of Fox Business' Lou Dobbs Tonight:
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