Skip to main content

MSNBC Boss Hints Pat Buchanan's Been Banned (After Liberal Censors Demanded It)

Tim Graham's picture

Last October, liberal groups who want MSNBC to be "purified" of conservatives -- like Color of Change, the group that lobbied to get Glenn Beck removed from Fox News -- demanded a purge of Pat Buchanan from the MSNBC airwaves. In the past, MSNBC used Buchanan as a shield against the idea their network was going to be as hermetically sealed against conservatives as the old Olbermann show. Now, Buchanan's days at MSNBC "may be over," reports the New York Times.

Over the weekend, MSNBC chief Phil Griffin told Deadline Hollywood that Buchanan's views are toxic. “I don’t think the ideas that [Buchanan] put forth [in his latest book] are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC.” Griffin continued: "Pat’s a good guy. He didn’t like [being removed from the air], but he understood."


Griffin said much the same thing to Bill Carter at the New York Times:

“During the period of the book tour I asked him not to be on,” Mr. Griffin said. “Since then the issue has become the nature of some of the statements in the book.”

Mr. Buchanan argues in “Suicide of a Superpower” — which has the subtitle “Will America Survive to 2025?” — that the “European and Christian core of our country is shrinking,” which is damaging the nation “ethnically, culturally, morally, politically.” The book also contains a chapter titled, “The End of White America.”

Mr. Griffin said, “The ideas he put forth aren’t really appropriate for national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC.” The network has set out to brand itself as a network meant to appeal to progressive and liberal viewers.

The blog Inside Cable News sees a network out to please its liberal-activist base: "If you piss off MSNBC core demographic audiences and they start going ape, as Color of Change did over Buchanan, you may end up being taken off the network, whereas five years ago such a tactic probably would not have succeeded."

Comments

#1 That's show biz!

Well, he's still got The McLaughlin Group and his weak antagonist Eleanor Clift.

#2 But Fox News is the Republican network

and MSNBC is unbiased, right?

#3 It was only a matter of time.

It was only a matter of time.

#4 They should be careful for

They should be careful for what they wish for, Juan Williams is now more popular than before. They fail to understand human nature, people get tired of hearing the same repetitive whine and will turn them off.

Non, je ne regrette rien. "You aren't angry because I might be a racist, you're angry because you know I'm right".

#5 MSNBC Doesn't Need Pat Buchanan Any Longer...

...because they have Michael Steele as their new stooge Republican. Besides, when you have anchors and co-hosts such as Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle, Willie Geist, Martin Bashir, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Lawrence O'Donnell, Dylan Ratigan, Al Sharpton, Chris Hayes etc., it's like hanging out a sign - True Conservatives Unwelcome.

#6 Actually

Buchanan isn't a true conservative either.  

"CONSUMED DEMOCRACY RETURNS A SOCIALIST REGIME" - Slayer, "Fictional Reality", from Divine Intervention (1994)

#7 Phil Griffin is like that guy in American History X

"You know what this means? Not welcome!

Nazis were always about forcibly silencing the opposition as well as being fervently aligned with socialist left wing ideologues. Look how the fascist Occupiers spoke of the Jews. No different at MSNBC they're just perpetuating the cycle.

#8 Blocking Speech

The same can be said for Communism and Islam.

#9 Well you know the lefties won't call out there

commie and Islamafascist(sp) friends so I went with the best reference I could think of, however, very true and even more so. These socialists wouldn't last a day in one of these other countries without their blessed first amendment rights, as they seem to always spout off when someone disagrees with their nonsense.

#10 Eric Holder is right?

So, even the criminal who is the AG pegged it, I guess (liberal) americans are cowards when it comes to discussing race. Unless it fits their agenda.

#11 Was Buchanan going out of his way

to discuss these issues on Mess NBC? This is not based on whether or not PB's ideas are fit for the national dialog. It's about punishing him for writing it. This is lock-step liberalism in practice. I watch a lot less Fox without Beck at 5 (besides recorded Red-Eye). Hope Fox is happy with that.

#12 This really concerns me "The

This really concerns me "The ideas he put forth aren’t really appropriate for national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC." as I think all ideas should be put forth. Talk about bias in the media.

Nuke em til they glow; then shoot em in the dark

#13 "...much less on MSNBC."

“but resist we much… we must… and we will much… about… that… be committed.”

That's what passes for "dialogue" at PMSLSD.

#14 So who is going to be

their token Conservative?

#15 Huntsman

Probably Huntsman after he announces he is bowing out of the Republican race to his tens of supporters. 

"CONSUMED DEMOCRACY RETURNS A SOCIALIST REGIME" - Slayer, "Fictional Reality", from Divine Intervention (1994)

#16 Now that the Dear Ruler is digging his claws into the Internet..

...how long will it be before the commie pukes start demanding conservative websites have their plugs pulled?

That's where all this is ultimately headed.

-Dave

Vote for the American in November

#17 Maybe we'll have to pass info

Maybe we'll have to pass info around on thumb drives like they do in Cuba.

#18 msnbc - new slogan

If we can't refute? We give 'em the boot!

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan

#19 Party of Tolerance... Unless You Disagree with Them

Pat hasn't said a thing that is hateful as long as I have watched him on MSNBC. I've read a couple of his books and the same is true. He is a thoughtful, decent man. SHAME ON THEM.

#20 Color of Change = Color of

Color of Change = Color of Stalin

#21 The power of small numbers

"If you piss off MSNBC core demographic audiences and they start going ape ... "

Gee whiz, you get seven people upset, and they won't let you on TV.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.