Can we please stop giving air time to insane people?

Can we please stop giving air time to insane people?

Can we please stop giving air time to insane people?

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March 28 2008 2:19 PM

Can we please stop giving air time to insane people?

I mean, honestly. Michelle Malkin finally stopped going on Bill O'Reilly's show when even the sycophantic Geraldo Rivera said she was creepy, and Ann Coulter somehow no longer haunts (and I mean that literally) the bobblehead news shows.

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So why do they go to people like Pat Buchanan, who has shown himself repeatedly to be a throwback to 900 years ago?


This time, it's a nutsoid racist rant that is worthy of any of the pre-Laurel Maryland George Wallace speeches:

Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America’s fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?

Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?

The mind boggles. He says things as ignorant as this (and lots, lots more) and still gets to go on national television programs, which tacitly give his words weight. Didn't we get rid of this kind of narrow-minded bigoted garbage forty years ago?

No, I suppose not, which is why Obama's speech was so important. I'm not sold on Obama yet -- his science policies need to be straightened out for me at least, and I have other issues I'm working through -- but that speech was pretty cool. Imagine, talking to Americans like they're intelligent, capable of understanding layers of subtlety and nuance of phrasing. I bet he can pronounce "nuclear", too.

But then, we still have far too many people like Buchanan to deal with. As long as he and his ilk get a podium, Obama's speech will still be needed.

Hat tip to Crooks and Liars, which had an excellent response to Buchanan as well as links to others.