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MSNBC, Buchanan may be parting ways

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January 10, 2012 | 10:20 am

Patrick Buchanan in January 2008.

Patrick Buchanan in January 2008.

MSNBC commentator Patrick Buchanan might not be allowed to return to his job following the publication of his new book in which he makes statements that have been called racist and anti-Semitic.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin told the New York Times over the weekend that because of the anti-Semitic nature of some of the arguments in “Suicide of a Superpower,” Buchanan might not be invited to return to his position at the station.  Book chapter titles include: “The End of White America” and “The Death of Christian America.”

Buchanan has been off the air since he began a book tour in October.

Griffin told the Times that he and Buchanan would meet to discuss his future with the network.

The Anti-Defamation League recently sent Griffin a letter urging the network to drop Buchanan as a commentator.

“In spite of his continuing role as a political commentator for the mainstream media, former Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan now increasingly advances an anti-Semitic, racist, and anti-immigrant ideology. Many of the views he holds are identical to those of self-declared “white nationalists,” the ADL says in its information pamphlet “Patrick Buchanan: Unrepentant Bigot.” Buchanan repeatedly demonizes Jews and minorities and openly affiliates with white supremacists. Among his frequent claims is that the sovereignty of the United States is being undermined by Israeli control and Mexican incursion, a belief which he disseminates on mainstream cable and network television and in his prolific writings. Buchanan releases a book nearly every two years, many of which take the view that non-white immigrants destroy Western culture.

A former official of the Nixon and Reagan administrations, Buchanan ran in the Republican Party primaries in 1992 and 1996 and as a Reform Party candidate in 2000. He has been accused in the past of making racially insensitive and anti-Semitic comments.MSNBC, Buchanan may be parting ways
January 10, 2012
(JTA)—MSNBC commentator Patrick Buchanan might not be allowed to return to his job following the publication of his new book in which he makes statements that have been called racist and anti-Semitic.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin told the New York Times over the weekend that because of the anti-Semitic nature of some of the arguments in “Suicide of a Superpower,” Buchanan might not be invited to return to his position at the station.  Book chapter titles include: “The End of White America” and “The Death of Christian America.”

Buchanan has been off the air since he began a book tour in October.

Griffin told the Times that he and Buchanan would meet to discuss his future with the network.

The Anti-Defamation League recently sent Griffin a letter urging the network to drop Buchanan as a commentator.

“In spite of his continuing role as a political commentator for the mainstream media, former Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan now increasingly advances an anti-Semitic, racist, and anti-immigrant ideology. Many of the views he holds are identical to those of self-declared “white nationalists,” the ADL says in its information pamphlet “Patrick Buchanan: Unrepentant Bigot.” Buchanan repeatedly demonizes Jews and minorities and openly affiliates with white supremacists. Among his frequent claims is that the sovereignty of the United States is being undermined by Israeli control and Mexican incursion, a belief which he disseminates on mainstream cable and network television and in his prolific writings. Buchanan releases a book nearly every two years, many of which take the view that non-white immigrants destroy Western culture.

A former official of the Nixon and Reagan administrations, Buchanan ran in the Republican Party primaries in 1992 and 1996 and as a Reform Party candidate in 2000. He has been accused in the past of making racially insensitive and anti-Semitic comments.

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