Conservative commentator and former Nixon aide Pat Buchanan finally went too far with MSNBC. He is one of several conservatives kept on payroll by the network to act as a balance for the mostly liberal show hosts. Former Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele is on staff, and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough has the dawn program.
But Buchanan’s latest book went too far over the edge for even MSNBC to accept. His new book Suicide of a Superpower has chapters titled “The End of White America” and “The Death of Christian America.” Buchanan’s positions have always bordered on white supremacy, railing against affirmative action (which he claimed was responsible for President Obama’s election) and non-white immigration. Buchanan has made no secret of his belief that the United States is going to hell because of our demographic shift from a predominantly male, white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant power structure.
MSNBC President Phil Griffin made no excuses for their suspension of Buchanan. The Associated Press quoted Griffin as saying that “Because of the content of the book, I didn’t think it should be part of the national dialogue, much less part of the dialogue on MSNBC” There has been no decision on the future of Buchanan’s contract.
The activist group Color of Change issued its own statement about the suspension. “ColorOfChange.org welcomes MSNBC’s decision to indefinitely suspend Pat Buchanan. However, it’s time for MSNBC to permanently end their relationship with Pat Buchanan and the hateful, outdated ideas he represents. We appreciate this first step and urge MSNBC to take the important final step to ensure that their brand it no longer associated with Buchanan’s history of passing off white supremacy ideology as mainstream political commentary.”
Buchanan would be a great fit on Fox News now that he could easily be released from his MSNBC contract.
And speaking of Fox….Liz Cheney, hyper-opinionated daughter of our former Vice President, is moving from occasional contributor to paid staff contributor at Fox. She will provide analysis during the primary cycle on several Fox programs, bringing her unique perspective as an administrative insider. She worked at the State Department in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs during the Bush adminsitration and was a foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney, as well as national co-chair of the 2008 Fred Thompson presidential campaign. Cheney is best known for her unwaivering defense of her father’s opinions about Iraq and Afghanistan.