September 02, 2008

Bucking Buchanan

There's something that's long been a pet-peeve of mine: How is it that Pat Buchanan, a man with a list of racist and anti-Semitic comments a mile long, is still treated respectfully as a pundit? How in the world can he be employed to pontificate nightly on the ostensibly left-wing MSNBC?

Liz Spikol of Philadelphia Weekly is wondering the same thing:

That free pass, still very much in evidence, needs to be rescinded.

This is man who defended apartheid South Africa.

Who stood up for David Duke and Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk.

Who once referred to Capitol Hill as “Israeli-occupied territory.”

Who characterized Hitler as “an individual of great courage.”

Who referred to Jewish “group fantasies of martyrdom” in regard to deaths at Treblinka, which he believes are exaggerated.

Who championed Joe McCarthy.

During the height of the AIDS crisis in the gay community, Buchanan wrote: “Our promiscuous homosexuals appear literally hell-bent on Satanism and suicide.”

Buchanan also appeared- not 15 years ago, but last year- on a racist radio show called The Political Cesspool. And the network that fired Imus still keeps him around? Why?

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 2, 2008 10:22 PM

Because cable news isn't about news, it's about ratings and entertainment. As long as people keep paying attention, even if it's only to register their outrage, producers will keep booking the @$$hole.

Posted by: Emily at September 3, 2008 08:50 AM

Wow, someone should really write a cable news expose book called "Booking the Asshole." It's the perfect title!

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