Best-selling author and columnist Pat Buchanan, who was ousted as a commentator from MSNBC Thursday,
warned that he was the victim of “blacklisters” that included a major liberal political website, gay groups and even the ADL.
“Defy them, and they will go after the network where you work, the newspapers that carry your column, the conventions that invite you to speak. If all else fails, they go after the advertisers,” Buchanan wrote, referring to his critics.
“I know these blacklisters. They operate behind closed doors, with phone calls, mailed threats and off-the-record meetings. They work in the dark because, as Al Smith said, nothing un-American can live in the sunlight.”
In a column entitled “The New Blacklist,”
Buchanan detailed the reasons for his ouster at the network he had worked at for 10 years.
“After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous,” Buchanan wrote.
In a statement released Thursday, MSNBC said they released Buchanan because of his comments about race and homosexuality in his best-selling book, “"Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?"
Buchanan said his problems began with a group called “Color of Change,” which was incensed at statements in Chapter 4 of the book, entitled “The End of White America.” Then the liberal website Media Matters, funded by billionaire financier George Soros, piled on. Color of Change, meanwhile, is an African-American liberal group closely linked to MoveOn.org that has consistently sought to boycott Fox News and other conservative outlets with little success.
Buchanan pointed out that many of his ideas had been covered previously by mainstream media outlets without any controversy. Yet he was accused by the ADL’s Abraham Foxman for being an anti-Semite, Buchanan wrote.
“Well, yes, I do bemoan what Newsweek's 2009 cover called "The Decline and Fall of Christian America" and editor Jon Meacham described as "The End of Christian America." After all, I am a Christian,” Buchanan wrote.
“And what else explains the shrinkage of the U.S. Jewish population by 6 percent in the 1990s and its projected decline by another 50 percent by 2050, if not the ‘collective decision of Jews themselves’?” he continued.
“Let error be tolerated, said Thomas Jefferson, ‘so long as reason is left free to combat it.’ What Foxman and ADL are about in demanding that my voice be silenced is, in the Jeffersonian sense, intrinsically un-American,” Buchanan wrote.
Buchanan then pointed out that the book, released by a respected, mainstream publisher, had been covered without controversy by virtually every mainstream news outlet.
“They are saying that a respected publisher, St. Martin's, colluded with me to produce a racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic book, and CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, Fox Business News and the 150 radio shows on which I appeared failed to detect its evil and helped to promote a moral atrocity,” Buchanan wrote.
“If my book is racist and anti-Semitic, how did Sean Hannity, Erin Burnett, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Megyn Kelly, Lou Dobbs and Ralph Nader miss that? How did Charles Payne, African-American host on Fox radio, who has interviewed me three times, fail to detect its racism?
“How did Michael Medved miss its anti-Semitism?” The book was also excerpted for a cover story in the widely respected center-left magazine, The Atlantic Monthly.
Editor's Note: See the Oct. 2011 Newsmax Interview with Pat Buchanan Here.
Buchanan also pointed out that he is a Catholic and that the doctrine that “homosexual acts are unnatural and immoral has been doctrine in the Catholic Church for 2,000 years.”
“In the 10 years I have been at MSNBC, the network has taken heat for what I have written, and faithfully honored our contract,” Buchanan concluded. “Yet my four-months' absence from MSNBC and now my departure represent an undeniable victory for the blacklisters.”
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