My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end.
After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous.
The calls for my firing began almost immediately with the Oct. 18 publication of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”
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.”
Their rage was triggered by a remark to NPR’s Diane Rehm — that I believe homosexual acts to be “unnatural and immoral.”
On Nov. 2, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, who has sought to have me censored for 22 years, piled on.
“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.”
I take no position on the particular point Foxman and Buchanan are arguing. Here’s Buchanan’s explanation:
[W]hat 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”?
It sounds to me like Buchanan laments the decline.
But if his book was published only four months ago, why has Foxman dogged him for 22 years?
On American Jews and the Pro-Israel Lobby
2010: “If [Elena] Kagan [President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court] is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats. Is this Democrats’ idea of diversity?”
– Column, “Are Liberals Anti-WASP?” May 14, 2010
2008: “Israel and its Fifth Column in this city seek to stampede us into war with Iran. Bush should rebuff them, and the American people should tell their congressmen: You vote for 362, we don’t vote for you.”
– Column, “A Phony Crisis — and a Real One,” July 15, 2008
2007: “If you want to know ethnicity and power in the United States Senate, 13 members of the Senate are Jewish folks who are from 2 percent of the population. That is where real power is at….”
– On The McLaughlin Group, February 2, 2007
[and just to show consistency]
1990: In an August 25,1990, column, Buchanan criticized commentators urging military intervention in Iraq, naming Abe Rosenthal, Richard Perle, Charles Krauthamer and Henry Kissinger. On August 29th, he wrote the following:
“’The civilized world must win this fight,’ the editors thunder. But, if it comes to war, it will not be the ‘civilized world’ humping up that bloody road to Baghdad; it will be American kids with names like McAllister, Murphy, Gonzales, and Leroy Brown.”
- Washington Times, August 29, 1990
1990: “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.”
- The McLaughlin Group, Aug 26, 1990
1990: “Capitol Hill is Israeli occupied territory.”
- McLaughlin Group, June 15, 1990
For 22 years (more certainly), Buchanan has held these abhorrent and degrading—and Constitutionally protected—views. Without losing a gig. In fact, the network of Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, and the late Keith Olbermann—itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Matters—championed him for a decade.
Yet let the feathered boa of one tranny be ruffled, and he’s out on his tuchas.
It’s interesting what gets you fired these days, and what gets you hired. Very interesting.