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Patrick Buchanan Fired for Brave Truth-Telling

Left-influenced MSNBC ‘blacklisted’ him because he’s a Christian

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Patrick Buchanan.(Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

It’s a sad story. MSNBC, having employed paleoconservative commentator Patrick Buchanan for 10 years—barely a decade!—fired him after suspending him a few months ago following the publication of a book, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?, that is allegedly racist and homophobic. A look at Buchanan’s explanation today reveals that he is not a retrograde idiot but rather a martyr for truth.

“Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, who has sought to have me censored for 22 years, piled on,” Buchanan recalls.

“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”?

Of his persecutors, Buchanan warns, “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.” Truly, it’s enough to make one terrified of ever venturing near a closed door, holding a meeting off-the-record, or answering a phone call ever again.

And Buchanan has an ace in the hole, one that truly proves that he has been wronged. “If my book is racist and anti-Semitic,” he asks, rhetorically, “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?”

Yeah, how did they?

Blacklisted, But Not Beaten [The American Conservative]

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It’s about time Buchanan was sacked. His Nixonian noise was manufactured for gullible children and grumpy old men.

L. Weil says:

I am disappointed to see this published in the Tablet under the guise of Pat Buchanan having been wronged. If any of the other commentators on MSNBC had published such one sided rhetoric, I would have expected them to be dismissed from the station. You can’t have it both ways Mr. Buchanan, so enjoy the notoriety your book brings you.

miriam chaikin says:

this is a confusing artcle about buchanan. is it written with tongue in cheek?
or does it just lay out a few facts without a point of view of its own.

The concept of Irony seems unfamiliar to many people these days.

MSNBC fires Pat Buchanan for honest reporting and keeps Al Sharpton. Al Sharpton is a bigot plain and simple. MSNBC is a disgrace to TV broadcasting.

Both Buchanan and Sharpton should be fired for their anti-Israel, anti-Semitic diatribes. Has the author read some of the things Buchanan has said about Israel?
How can you defend his blatant and consistent anti-Israel nonsense? Just because he’s a Christian right winger you defend him.

Not true. He was on MSNBC for many years. Reason for suspension and subsequent leaving MSNBC are his racist, white supremist views.

dj spellchecka says:

actually it was big petition drives by colorofchange and credo mobile that set pat’s long overdue sacking in motion….

Roadog66 says:

While I am not a fan of Pat B., I read his book and have read several others. His latest is his best and is well researched and documented. His point of view is of a traditional Catholic and he is entitled to his views so long as they are not racist, etc. I found no evidence of racism, anti-semitism, or homophobia. His thesis is the decline of a country with Christian (but only in one reference to Judeo-Christian) traditional values and how the country has gone overboard with political correctness to correct past injustices.

His assertion that the Jewish population decline due to abortion is probably not correct, rather it is most likely due to inter-marriage resulting from the decline of traditional Jewish values. His point was that Jews (excluding Orthodox) overwhelming support abortion and therefore practice abortion thereby reducing potential Jewish births. This is not a fantastic assertion. There is nothing anti-semitic or anti-Israel in the book.

I urge people to read this book. Clearly, MSNBC was wrong to fire him for this book. I am not defending anything PB has said in the past about Jews or Israel and presumbably MSNBC hired him with that knowledge. Firing him for stating his views in this book is wrong and censoring.

Jeff Belodoff says:

First, being fired from MSNBC is not equivalent to being blacklisted. Mr. Buchanan will find plenty of other venues for employment and the dispersal of his opinions. I would suggest that anyone who thinks Mr. Buchanan has been blacklisted look up the history of that word. It is simply in not true. He will find plenty of venues to disseminate his views and get paid for it in the media. He will find numerous outlets in radio, TV, and the written media.
Second, Mr. Buchanan has referred to Capitol Hill as “Israeli-occupied territory.” (St. Louis Post Dispatch, 10/20/90) During the first Gulf crisis, Mr. Buchanan said, “There are only two groups that are beating the drums for war in the Middle East — the Israeli defense ministry and its ‘amen corner’ in the United States.” (McLaughlin Group, 8/26/90) Mr. Buchanan 1996 campaign’s web site included an article blaming the death of White House aide Vincent Foster on the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad and alleging that Foster and Hillary Clinton were Mossad spies. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 2/21/96.) The role of Mr. Buchanan in President Reagan’s Bitburg visit is well documented including his authorship of the President’s speech which included the line, “…the SS troops buried at Bitburg were victims just as surely as the victims in the concentration camps.” (New York Times, 5/16/85) There many other instances of Mr. Buchanan’s antipathy toward Jews, Israel, and American Jews in particular. You can find examples of this going back to the Nixon administration and in the recent past.

George says:

Antipathy does not, by itself, translate exclusively to racism. It’s obvious Buchanan has never been a friend of Israel but he has plenty of company. Brezinski, Weinberger, Kissinger, all made decisions or statements which revealed a definite anti-Israel bias. On the subject of the declining white population and what it means for this country, Buchanan is absolutely correct. But tat is a message which the Politically Correct, Liberal-left mainstream media does not want to hear. Their response has been to label Buchanan a ‘racist’, a familiar slander which has become common-place in any discussion of minorities which is deemed ‘insensitive’ by the Left.

Susie Fomon says:

I will not watch or have my friends watch MSNBC why is Religion becomming such a big part of government takeover there is a constitution amendemend that says there is a separation between church and state, every comentator should have the right to verse their own opinion that is what being a American is all about otherwise like me
and my friends we just boycott the channel
and turn to comentators that are not censured and non bias against Christians

Sincerely, A non MSNBC watcher

Who are the brain police says:

Freedom of speech got in the way of…. oh can’t talk about it any more.

Steve Rosenberg says:

HOGWASH. This kind of a defense of despicable Pat Buchanan leads me to cancel my TABLET subscription and blcok any future emails. He is evil. It’s a disgrace.

Kiotihere says:

Well, I was among those who signed at least one online petition to have him sacked, not only because he is a homophobic, racist, antisemite whose sensation-seeking verbosity enriches him; but because he claims to speak for Christianity. He and others like him are an embarassment to sincere Christians,and affording him a bully-pulpit on MSNBC was abhorrent. Too many people have no idea of what Christians believe because of mouthpieces like Buchanan.

Buchanan has been make making references to the amen corner (Jewish threat) for years, along with his comments about the battle for the soul of the Republican party (gay threat). August 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of his hate filled speech at the 1992 Republican convention. He belongs in the ash can of history along with Joseph Goebbels and Julius Streicher.

Howard says:

There are numerous citations of Buchanan’s anti-semitic statements from more than 2 decades ago through present time. William Buckley summed it up in 1991: “I find it impossible to defend Pat Buchanan against the charge that what he did and said during the period under examination amounted to anti-Semitism…”

– William F. Buckley
National Review,
December 30, 1991

Considering this man “our friend” is really the height of idiocy. Considering his firing because he is any form of accepted Christian is ridiculous.

PB makes many wild claims on a variety of subjects from abortion to gays to the “courage” of Adolph Hitler.

Check youtube page:!


another piece of buchanan legerdemain: argumentum ad verecundiam, appeal to authority. who is erin burnett? nader is an enemy of Israel. dobbs, if not an enemy is certainly not a friend. medved remains a defender of gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” and is unable appreciate the damaging ways the Jews were depicted in that film; he is obtuse, insensitive. buchanan enjoys the friendship of many Jews in the media who find him enjoyable company and who lack the integrity and/or the intelligence to see that buchanan has amply demonstrated his animus. because he is a “friend,” many cannot imagine that he is an anti-semite. rather than dwelling on their personal relationships, they and we should examine what he has written, e.g. his persistent attempts to characterize the Jews as responsible for Desert Storm/Shield, Iraqi Freedom and sending Blacks/Hispanics to die for Jewish causes, his special condemnation of Goldman Sachs and other banks with Jewish names, his dependable defense of anyone accused of war crimes against the Jews during WWII, etc. but even if buchanan’s friends were all great friends of the Jewish People, it would not change buchanan. that hump remains what he is: look at the record; disregard appeals to authority. above all, DON’T BE STUPID.

SRSwain says:

Patrick Buchanan may protest too much, methinks. He has behaved for years in a supremely arrogant and condescending manner toward anybody who didn’t or doesn’t think as he does. Could it be that he finally overreached beyond the edges of the flat earth to which he belongs? Maybe dragons or monsters got him. Of course there is an alleged left-leaning bias in the big mega-bucks media. He was one of the favored exceptions that proved the (alleged) rule.

But perhaps what happened is that Pat had just heaped opprobrium on even those who had given him an outlet, once too often. (That used to be called ‘Biting the hand that feeds you.”

I will personally not be sorry to see him quiet down. But, then, to be fair, I don’t share his point of view. And I certainly do not see him as a martyr for “the Truth”. Pat has been a noisy (self-serving bombastic) opportunist for decades.

He had a good run. I hope he put away a few nickels to help him crank up again, or… not.

Rest a bit, Pat. If you come back, like your old pal, RM Nixon, perhaps you wouldn’t mind edging toward a little recognizable balance. If not, OK. Have it your way.

“The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s back every day.”

Entropy, you know. It’s increasing.

Actually, I’m pretty amazed that people are only just beginning to grasp that Buchanan is an anti-Semite. It goes well beyond his position on Israel– but extending to Holocaust denial (he claimed that the gas chambers were technologically impossible), and Hitler apologetics (a recent book of his blamed Winston Churchill for Nazi-era crimes and insisted in an interview that Germany was entitled to annex western Poland.)

Shalom Freedman says:

Buchanan is an anti- Semite, a supporter of Nazis, a hater of Israel. He is a big hater and has blabbed endlessly for years his poison to the American public. The world will not be diminished by his returning to his ancestral home and from there doddering off slowly.

Wow, so when did we as a people stop debating and instead choose to shut desention up?

I saw Pat debate Sharansky on Meet the Press a number of years back, and he kicked Sharansky’s ASS.

Sad when we can no longer win a debate of issues. Case in point, the poster who has now decided to cancel his subscription to Tablet and remove himself from Tablet’s emails.

Intellectual laziness pure and simple.

Israel, Israel, Israel… We’re AMERICAN Jews! NOT Israelis. Put your money where your mouth is. Make Aliya already! Why should the goyim cholerya spring for 3 billion in welfare a year! If we are incapable of supporting a Jewish country, why should they have their wealth transfered overseas?

Samuel Cooper says:

Perhaps the lesson here is really more about the decline of all religion and not just Christianity and Judaism. Surely as the Constitution affords the separation of state and religion, hopefully the day will come where politics and government are free from religion so we can move forward in a humanist and all inclusive sense.

As for Buchanan and other right wing Christians all I can say is that they still haven’t learned the lessons of Jesus.

Mr Buchanan is 100% correct, regardless of the ‘feelings’ of the I$rael-firsters…..


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