Why the Buchanan double standard?
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's more recent rhetoric has been cloaked in political demagoguery. But even so, it's filled with hate.
He calls immigration "the greatest invasion in our nation's history," and writes the U.S. is committing suicide by not breeding enough white children: "Forty-five million young have been destroyed in the womb since Roe v. Wade, as Asian, African, and Latin American children come to inherit the estate."
Buchanan even blamed the shooting at Virginia Tech on immigration. He wrote: "Cho was among the 864,000 Koreans here as a result of the Immigration Act of 1965 ... Thirty-six million, almost all from countries whose peoples have never fully assimilated in any Western country, now live in our midst. Cho was one of them."
Though his response to Barack Obama's DNC speech was glowing, he used Obama's earlier speech about race to invoke misleading statistics of black-on-white rape, among other old racist tropes. On that occasion--not on TV--he wrote Obama's "is the same old con, the same old shakedown that black hustlers have been running since the Kerner Commission."
And last year, on The McLaughlin Group, Buchanan said, "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."
Picture anyone else in public life uttering those words. It makes Jesse Jackson's Hymietown remark seem parochial.
Buchanan's official website highlights his more extreme views. The forum there regularly features Nathanael Kapner, of RealJew News.com, a viciously anti-Semitic website. A typical sentence: "Jews dominate our lives through their control of wealth." Or, "This unseen power has indeed subjected America to its occult Jewish control."
It's easy to ban hate speech or racist users from a website forum. Buchanan chooses to give Kapner a platform, a choice that would be met with outrage if made by racist poster boy Jerome Corsi.
I could continue to quote from other sources--especially Buchanan's own website--to further explicate his bigotry. The information is easy to track down. Yet Buchanan appears regularly on MSNBC and The McLaughlin Group.
Come on, media colleagues. Do some Google searching, read his books, and take a stand. Otherwise, there's only one conclusion viewers can come to: that MSNBC and PBS tacitly endorse Buchanan's racist perspective.
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