Media Matters put out a statement:
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."BACKGROUND: For more information on Pat Buchanan's history of bigotry:The Bigotry Of Pat Buchanan
Buchanan: "As For A Climactic Conflict Between A Once-Christian West And An Islamic World ... Breivik May Be Right." From Buchanan's syndicated column about the attacks in Norway:
Though Breivik is being called insane, that is the wrong word.
Breivik is evil - a cold-blooded, calculating killer - though a deluded man of some intelligence, who in his 1,500-page manifesto reveals a knowledge of the history, culture and politics of Europe.
He admits to his "atrocious" but "necessary" crimes, done, he says, to bring attention to his ideas and advance his cause: a Crusader's war between the real Europe and the "cultural Marxists" and Muslims they invited in to alter the ethnic character and swamp the culture of the Old Continent.
The flood of illegal aliens into the Canary Islands from Africa, into Italy from Libya and Tunisia, and into Greece from Turkey has mainstream parties echoing the right. The Schengen Agreement itself, which guarantees open borders within the European Union to all who enter the EU, is under attack.
None of this is to deny the presence of violent actors or neo-Nazis on the European right who bear watching. But, awful as this atrocity was, native-born and homegrown terrorism is not the macro-threat to the continent.
That threat comes from a burgeoning Muslim presence in a Europe that has never known mass immigration, its failure to assimilate, its growing alienation, and its sometime sympathy for Islamic militants and terrorists.
Europe faces today an authentic and historic crisis.
With her native-born populations aging, shrinking and dying, Europe's nations have not discovered how to maintain their prosperity without immigrants. Yet the immigrants who have come - from the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia - have been slow to learn the language and have failed to attain the educational and occupational levels of Europeans. And the welfare states of Europe are breaking under the burden.
Norway, too, needs to wake up. From the first call for help, police needed 90 minutes to get out on the island in the Oslo lake to stop the massacre by the coward, who surrendered as soon as the men with guns arrived. Apparently, Breivik wanted to be around to deliver his declaration of European war in person. Yet, if convicted of the 76 murders, Breivik can, at most, get 21 years, the maximum sentence under Norwegian law.
Norway is a peaceful and progressive country, its leaders say.
Yet Norway sent troops to Afghanistan and has participated in the bombing of Libya, where civilians have been killed and Moammar Gadhafi has himself lost a son and three grandchildren to NATO bombs.
As for a climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world that is growing in numbers and advancing inexorably into Europe for the third time in 14 centuries, on this one, Breivik may be right. [Pat Buchanan, syndicated column, 7/25/11]
As An Editorial Writer, Buchanan Reportedly "Disseminat[ed] Smears About Civil Rights Leaders Passed On By J. Edgar Hoover." From the book Nixonland:
Summoning Buchanan to New York for a grueling three-hour interview, Nixon asked him, "You're not as conservative as William F. Buckley, are you - or am I wrong?" Buchanan, who was more conservative than Buckley (his specialty as editorial writer for the right-wingSt. Louis Globe-Democrat was disseminating smears about civil rights leaders passed on by J. Edgar Hoover), artfully dodged the question: "I have a tremendous admiration for Bill Buckley." [Rick Perlstein, Nixonland, 2008, pp. 84]
Buchanan Reportedly Warned Nixon Not To "Fritter Away His Present High Support In The Nation For An Ill-Advised Governmental Effort To Forcibly Integrate Races." Jake Tapper reported of former Nixon aide Buchanan in 1999:
Even Richard Nixon found the views of his former speech writer, Buchanan, too extreme on the segregation issue. According to a John Ehrlichman memo referenced in Nicholas Lemann's "The Promised Land," Nixon characterized Buchanan's views as "segregation forever."
After Nixon was reelected, Buchanan warned his boss not to "fritter away his present high support in the nation for an ill-advised governmental effort to forcibly integrate races." [Salon.com, 9/4/99]
Buchanan "Condemned Critics Of The Sharpeville Massacre In South Africa, Where 67 Blacks Were Gunned Down By White Police." Buchanan also made reference to Soviet poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko as "the house nigger of the Politburo":
Buchanan condemned critics of the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa, where 67 blacks were gunned down by white police in 1960, in a memo to Nixon that declared: "The operative concern here is not humanitarian in character at all; it is racist and ideological. Blacks murdering blacks by the scores of thousands in Central Africa is of less concern to the U.S. liberal press, the U.N. and the African states than a few South African whites mistreating a couple of blacks in South Africa, Rhodesia, Mozambique or Angola." The memos show Buchanan's "regular guy" style as he urged that Nixon bring Elvis Presley to the White House because the King could "pop for some loot for us" if he were named to an antidrug commission. He got a laugh from Nixon once by arguing that the president's phrase "liberal asshole" was redundant. Buchanan the jokester once asked a woman staffer: "Can you give me a brief listing of all the good things we have done for the weaker sex?" Race was a familiar refrain, whether it was Buchanan's reference to Soviet poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko as "the house nigger of the Politburo" or his touting of school vouchers as "a long-needed break for working people--white--not simply the blacks." [US News & World Report, 2/9/92]
Buchanan: "Conservatives Are The Niggers Of The Nixon Administration." Richard Reeves wrote in his book on the Nixon administration:
Near the end, Buchanan added angrily: "Conservatives are the niggers of the Nixon administration." The political right, Buchanan thought, was getting nothing but rhetoric. [Richard Reeves, President Nixon: Alone in the White House, 2001, pp. 295]
Buchanan Urged Nixon Not To Visit Martin Luther King's Widow; Buchanan Thought King Was "One Of The Most Divisive Men In Contemporary History." From an AP report in December 1986:
Buchanan's memo, written on April 1, 1969, said Nixon should observe the first anniversary of the civil rights leader's death by doing no more than issuing a statement.
"There are no long-run gains, and considerable long-run risks in making a public visit to the Widow King," Buchanan wrote.
He characterized King as "one of the most divisive men in contemporary history" and:
"Initially, the visit would get an excellent press but ... it would outrage many, many people who believe Dr. King was a fraud and a demagogue, and perhaps worse," the memo said. "It does not seem to be in the interests of national unity for the president to lend his national prestige to the argument that this divisive figure is a modern saint." There had been considerable discussion in the White House about how Nixon was to observe the assassination anniversary, which was April 4, 1969. A March 31 staff discussion, in which Buchanan took part, had recommended that Nixon stop in Atlanta on a trip from Abilene, Texas, to Key Biscayne, Fla., and have a private meeting with King's widow, Coretta Scott King.
Neither action was followed. Instead, Nixon sent Robert Finch, then secretary of health, education and welfare, to deliver personal condolences to Mrs. King. [Associated Press, 12/1/86, via Nexis]
Buchanan: "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." From a November 1983 column by Buchanan:
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. [Pat Buchanan, syndicated column, 11/18/83]
Buchanan Urged The GOP To "Take A Hard Look At [David] Duke's Portfolio Of Winning Issues."From Buchanan's syndicated column in 1989 about David Duke:
The way to do battle with David Duke is not to go ballistic because Duke, as a teenager, paraded around in a Nazi costume to protest William Kunstler during Vietnam, or to shout to the heavens that Duke had the same phone number last year as the Ku Klux Klan. Everybody in Metairie knew that. The way to deal with Duke is the way the GOP dealt with the far more formidable challenge of George Wallace. Take a hard look at Duke's portfolio of winning issues; and expropriate those not in conflict with GOP principles.
Duke did not beat John Treen because he is an ex-wizard; he beat him in spite of it; he beat him because he was tougher on taxes and made an issue of urban crime, the primary source of which is the urban underclass; he beat Treen because he lit into set-asides and "affirmative action" in hiring, scholarships, and promotions, i.e. reverse discrimination against white folks who happen to make up 99 percent of his electorate.
What Duke did, after he turned in his robes and signed up with the GOP, was run over and seize terrain vacated by the GOP. Duke walked into the political vacuum left when conservative Republicans in the Reagan years were intimidated into shucking off winning social issues so we might be able to pass moral muster with Hooks and King.
When was the last time a Republican president attacked the injustice and immorality of quotas? When was the last time the GOP denounced social engineers and their endless plans for the forced integration of neighborhoods and schools? Where was the GOP when Yonkers was being kicked around by that federal judge?
The Republican Party, post-election, is getting wonderful press embracing Jesse Jackson, flirting with Ben Hooks, Andy Young and King. Nothing wrong with that, nothing wrong at all; so long as the GOP does not pay for its press clipping in the currency of old principles. Right now, though, my sense is the GOP is throwing away a winning hand, and Duke is only the first fellow to pick up the discards. [Pat Buchanan, syndicated column, 2/27/89]
Buchanan: David Duke "Zeroes In On Issues That Should Be A Wake-Up Call For All Our Big-Government Conservatives." Buchanan wrote in a 1991 column:
If his resume is Duke's handicap, what is his appeal? In his 15-point platform, he zeroes in on issues that should be a wake-up call for all our big-government conservatives.
Duke pledges to vote against any new tax increase. He wants to toss the able-bodied off welfare, stop payments to drug users and freeze benefits to welfare mothers who keep having children. He favors tougher penalties for crime and an end to ``unjust affirmative action,'' i.e., all reverse discrimination, whether quotas or racial set-asides. He calls for freedom of choice for parents in sending children to public schools, and a track system inside schools where the brightest are advanced fastest. He opposes gun control, wants the United States to halt illegal immigration and would slash foreign aid.
The national press calls these positions ``code words'' for racism, but in the hard times in Louisiana, Duke's message comes across as middle class, meritocratic, populist and nationalist.
``This reminds me of 1928 in Germany,'' wailed Lance Hill, head of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism. ``I might seek political asylum in Mississippi.''
Well, Lance, try to calm down. The White House has made Bush's position clear. Duke ``is not the Republican nominee,'' said the White House chief of staff, John Sununu. ``He is an individual that has chosen to call himself a Republican. He was not supported by the party. He is not supported by the national party.''
Nevertheless, both the GOP establishment and conservatives should study how and why white voters, who delivered Louisiana to Reagan and Bush three times, moved in such numbers to Duke -- and devise a strategic plan to win them back.
What to do? Bush might take a hard look at illegal immigration, tell the U.S. Border Patrol to hire some of those vets being mustered out after Desert Storm, veto the Democrats' ``quota bill,'' and issue an executive order rooting out any and all reverse discrimination in the U.S. government, beginning with the FBI.
If that sets off every poodle in liberalism's kennels, good. [Pat Buchanan, syndicated column, 10/23/91, via Nexis]
Buchanan: Hitler "Was Also An Individual Of Great Courage." The Anti-Defamation League reported that Buchanan wrote the following in a column:
1977: "Those of us in childhood during the war years were introduced to Hitler only as a caricature...Though Hitler was indeed racist and anti-Semitic to the core, a man who without compunction could commit murder and genocide, he was also an individual of great courage, a soldier's soldier in the Great War, a leader steeped in the history of Europe, who possessed oratorical powers that could awe even those who despised him. But Hitler's success was not based on his extraordinary gifts alone. His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path." - St. Louis Globe - Democrat, Aug 25, 1977 [ADL.org, accessed on 7/27/11]
Buchanan: "Was World War II Worth It? ... Why Destroy Hitler?" In a 2005 column, Buchanan wrote:
If the West went to war to stop Hitler from dominating Eastern and Central Europe, and Eastern and Central Europe ended up under a tyranny even more odious, as Bush implies, did Western Civilization win the war?
In 1938, Churchill wanted Britain to fight for Czechoslovakia. Chamberlain refused. In 1939, Churchill wanted Britain to fight for Poland. Chamberlain agreed. At the end of the war Churchill wanted and got, Czechoslovakia and Poland were in Stalin's empire.
How, then, can men proclaim Churchill "Man of the Century"?
True, U.S. and British troops liberated France, Holland and Belgium from Nazi occupation. But before Britain declared war on Germany, France, Holland and Belgium did not need to be liberated. They were free. They were only invaded and occupied after Britain and France declared war on Germany - on behalf of Poland.
When one considers the losses suffered by Britain and France - hundreds of thousands dead, destitution, bankruptcy, the end of the empires - was World War II worth it, considering that Poland and all the other nations east of the Elbe were lost anyway?
If the objective of the West was the destruction of Nazi Germany, it was a "smashing" success. But why destroy Hitler? If to liberate Germans, it was not worth it. After all, the Germans voted Hitler in.
If it was to keep Hitler out of Western Europe, why declare war on him and draw him into Western Europe? If it was to keep Hitler out of Central and Eastern Europe, then, inevitably, Stalin would inherit Central and Eastern Europe.
Was that worth fighting a world war - with 50 million dead?
The war Britain and France declared to defend Polish freedom ended up making Poland and all of Eastern and Central Europe safe for Stalinism. And at the festivities in Moscow, Americans and Russians were front and center, smiling - not British and French. Understandably. [Pat Buchanan, syndicated column, 5/11/05]
Buchanan Wrote Foreword To Book Compiling Works Of A White Supremacist. The Anti-Defamation League wrote of Buchanan in its report, "Patrick Buchanan: Unrepentant Bigot":
Buchanan contributes to works published by and praising extremists. In 2006, he authored the "Foreword" to Shots Fired: Sam Francis on America's Culture War, a compilation of the works of the late Sam Francis, a white supremacist and frequent speaker at white supremacist American Renaissance conferences. Buchanan praised Francis's character and work and explains that Francis's "great gifts" included having "one of the finest minds of his generation" and a "brave heart to pursue and tell the truth." Following his death in 2005, Buchanan wrote an article dedicated to Francis, whom he called "my brave and generous friend." Buchanan also referenced the work of Francis several times in State of Emergency, his 2006 anti-immigrant book. Buchanan called Francis "one of the finest minds of his generation."
Anti-Semite John Sharpe co-edited and published neo-Conned! Just War Principles: A Condemnation of War in Iraq, referred to earlier as a collection of views which includes a Buchanan essay. Sharpe, a former naval officer, attended a 2006 conference organized byAmerican Renaissance, a white supremacist publication, and was placed on administrative leave from the Navy due to his leadership of the Legion of St. Louis and the IHS Press, two anti-Semitic organizations. [ADL, 5/21/09]
Buchanan Relied On White Supremacists For Research In Work. The ADL wrote of Buchanan in its report, "Patrick Buchanan: Unrepentant Bigot":