Why the Buchanan double standard?
It's funny what you notice watching political coverage. Last week, watching the Democratic National Convention, I was mesmerized by the peachy color of Hillary Clinton's suit against a bold blue background. It was like looking at a creamsicle floating in a Caribbean sea.
Other observations were less pleasing, like Pat Buchanan's prominent placement as Convention commentator for MSNBC. I thought it odd, given the timing.
What timing, you ask? Of course. Little attention was paid to Buchanan's recent appearance on the racist radio show The Political Cesspool. It was noted by Media Matters for America, Jossip, and was the subject of a press release from the Anti-Defamation League. From larger media outlets? Silence.
That's strange if you consider that Jerome Corsi, author of Obama Nation, merely scheduled an appearance on Cesspool and it sent them into overdrive--proving, they said, that Corsi is on the racist fringe.
In that context, The Los Angeles Times described Cesspool as "a 'pro-white' radio program that 'opposes all efforts to mix the races of mankind.'"
The Nation wrote of Cesspool host James Edwards: "He has leveraged sponsorship from neo-Nazi and Holocaust denial groups to become America's most popular white supremacist radio host."
The Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch called the show "an overtly racist, anti-Semitic radio show hosted by [a] self-avowed white nationalist." The SPLC said Corsi would be "joining a recent guest roster that has included Christian Identity pastor Pete Peters, Holocaust denier Mark Weber and former Klan boss David Duke."
And Pat Buchanan!
What a double standard. Corsi canceled his appearance in the wake of bad publicity from Daily Kos, Huffington Post, CNN and other outlets. Buchanan, on the other hand, has appeared on the show twice, and the audio is posted to his website.
According to Cesspool hosts, Buchanan asked to be on the show. But no one in the Imus-inflamed media seems to care.
In 1999 Jake Tapper, now ABC's senior national correspondent, wrote a piece for Salon called "Who's Afraid of Pat Buchanan?" The piece began, "Buchanan is back in the presidential campaign saddle again, leaving a trail of racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic rhetorical dung behind him wherever he goes. Virtually no one seems willing to call him on it."
Tapper asked Buchanan's media colleagues why. Howard Kurtz said it was because Buchanan was charming. Michael Kinsley said, "The bad way to look at it is that he's getting a free pass 'cause he's a pal."
The more things change ...
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."