Pat's Pass

Why the Buchanan double standard?

By Liz Spikol
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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."

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1. Rob said... on Sep 3, 2008 at 03:15AM

“OK, so Pat dares to say what millions of us are thinking. Buchanan's words are both true and highly relevant. But HOW DARE HE! Like, Omigod. How can he be allowed to say that! Why don't you attempt to dispute the truth of anything that Pat Buchanan says or writes, instead of just being outraged that he's "allowed" to say it?”

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2. Judith Trustone said... on Sep 3, 2008 at 05:12AM

“Good job, Liz. I also am amused (in a sad way) about the Palin pregnancy fuss-"It's personal so don't go there." Of course it's not just "personal" as Sarah Palin and other radical right wingers attempt to force their repressive sexuality down the throats of all Americans. This "Abstinence only" nonsense is ridiculous and as a taxpayer I resent the gov spending money on this ineffective program. If the Catholic Church with its fear of burning in hell couldn't stop teens from having sex, how do the Republicans think they can? McCain is pandering without shame. I am terrified of "my fellow Americans..."”

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3. Adam Levick said... on Sep 3, 2008 at 06:55AM

“Tapper and Kurtz got it right -- Buchanan is one of the "old boys' club" in the media now, has been for awhile, and won't be seriously touched as someone of his more-extreme-than-Sarah-Palin views should be. Shame on the "MSM" conservatives usually criticize for coddling him.”

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4. Larry said... on Sep 3, 2008 at 07:55AM

“Tapper and Kurtz got it right -- Buchanan is one of the "old boys' club" in the media now, has been for awhile, and won't be seriously touched as someone of his more-extreme-than-Sarah-Palin views should be. Shame on the "MSM" conservatives usually criticize for coddling him.”

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5. Adam Levick said... on Sep 3, 2008 at 11:31AM

“Good reporting, Liz! For years, I've been puzzled about why someone with such a well-documented history of anti-Semitism, racism, and nativism would be given a free pass by the mainstream media. As to a reader's post, suggesting that millions of people share his views and wondering why they can't be aired, let me suggest that some charges are indeed so vile that providing an detailed answer would simply legitimize an idea that is morally obscene. One such example is Buchanan's comment questioning the reality of the Holocaust: "The problem is: Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody." - NY Post, March 17, 1990 (from a column about the trial of accused Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk) No, I don't think that any reasonable person can seriously question the fact that Jews were murdered by the millions in gas chambers during the Holocaust. It's not a matter of censorship; it's a matter of decency! ”

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6. William Flax said... on Sep 3, 2008 at 04:50PM

“Back in May, we wrote a blog entry called "Deconstructing Pat Buchanan." You can find it here: http://raceproject.org/2008/05/deconstructing-pat-buchanan.html. As for Rob's note below, I urge everyone to avoid trying to disprove xenophobia and racism -- they're not rational ideas, and therefore cannot be disproved by reason. Let's keep the discussion on the higher plane of sophistication and focus on the damage possible by such sentiments. Entertaining invitations to engage in conversation with bigots is a waste of energy. Racism is a complicated construct, and there is no reason to revert to Jim Crow-era conversations when 99.9% of Americans have rejected these ideas. The real battle now is with systemic racism, not individual-level bigotry. The racism inherent in all of us is infinitely more dangerous than Buchanan's overt hostility and resentment.”

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7. Stephen Maynard Caliendo said... on Sep 3, 2008 at 05:50PM

“Back in May, we wrote a blog entry called "Deconstructing Pat Buchanan." You can find it here: http://raceproject.org/2008/05/deconstructing-pat-buchanan.html. As for Rob's note below, I urge everyone to avoid trying to disprove xenophobia and racism -- they're not rational ideas, and therefore cannot be disproved by reason. Let's keep the discussion on the higher plane of sophistication and focus on the damage possible by such sentiments. Entertaining invitations to engage in conversation with bigots is a waste of energy. Racism is a complicated construct, and there is no reason to revert to Jim Crow-era conversations when 99.9% of Americans have rejected these ideas. The real battle now is with systemic racism, not individual-level bigotry. The racism inherent in all of us is infinitely more dangerous than Buchanan's overt hostility and resentment. ”

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8. Bigots make articles said... on Sep 4, 2008 at 12:42AM

“Wow this article is bias and untrue to its core. If you knew about the Political Cesspool or any of the groups assoaciated with it, you would not be so bias. But then agian your probably a racist bigot who labels any white proud group a racist. The fact you get your infomation from the bigots and haters of the SPLC just proves you are secret anti-white bigot. Getting information from the SPLC is like getting information from the Soveits about America.”

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9. Babe said... on Sep 4, 2008 at 07:34AM

“It would be interesting to see you try to support any of the ex cathedra, question begging or gratuitous labeling comments in your comment. Or even to hear you try to define racism or "xenophobia." Is it "xenophobia" for a people to want to preserve their own lands and resources for their posterity? To some of you who write such silliness as your post, here, it must seem so, for every time someone wants to limit immigration from incongruous peoples into a traditional homeland of a Western people, we hear the hissing of the word. You do not want to discuss these things, because you cannot, without looking completely stupid. The Constitution in its very Preamble, stresses "posterity," that is the descendants of those ratifying that Constitution. Your only argument against Pat Buchanan's views on immigration , race and ethnicity, reflects your own ignorance of the very concept of a State or Nation. You are an intellectual joke, hiding behind pseudo-intellectual "idealism"; a poseur without substance or integrity.”

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10. William Flax said... on Sep 4, 2008 at 08:20AM

“Instead of smearing by innuendo and endlessly reiterated labels, why don't you try to actually analyze Pat Buchanan's argument? But I guess that the answer is clear? You do not have an answer to any of his arguments. William Flax Cincinnati, Ohio”

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11. William Flax said... on Sep 4, 2008 at 08:34AM

“It would be interesting to see you try to support any of the ex cathedra, question begging or gratuitous labeling comments in your comment. Or even to hear you try to define racism or "xenophobia." Is it "xenophobia" for a people to want to preserve their own lands and resources for their posterity? To some of you who write such silliness as your post, here, it must seem so, for every time someone wants to limit immigration from incongruous peoples into a traditional homeland of a Western people, we hear the hissing of the word. You do not want to discuss these things, because you cannot, without looking completely stupid. The Constitution in its very Preamble, stresses "posterity," that is the descendants of those ratifying that Constitution. Your only argument against Pat Buchanan's views on immigration , race and ethnicity, reflects your own ignorance of the very concept of a State or Nation. You are an intellectual joke, hiding behind pseudo-intellectual "idealism"; a poseur without substance or integrity. ”

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12. jim said... on Sep 5, 2008 at 08:59PM

“Pat is not running for President. Obama also has relationship with William Ayers ( a Terrorist) Resko ( a felon who bought the land that Obama house sits on). nobody is talking about that. Very Hypacritical of the dem convention to not allow Edwards to speak at the convention because he had an affair and lied about it, yet the had slick Willy there didn't he do the same thing a few times! Another huge difference between the conventions. The Republican convention honored a man who actually accomplished things. War hero, director of the CIA, sentator, vice president, President author of the american disablitiy act, Kicking Iraq out of Kuwait. The democratic convention honored a man who had 2 famous brothers and oh yeah killed someone driving drunk and then running home and leaving her to drown. Hmmmm Impressive”

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13. Babe said... on Nov 3, 2008 at 09:12AM

“Spare me the bigotry, without question, Patrick J. Buchanan is intellectually above all the commentators on MSNBC. They defer to his depth of knowledge.”

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14. lspikol said... on Nov 5, 2008 at 02:31PM

“I thought your firm was known for its diversity.”

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