Pat Buchanan and MSNBC Part Ways, Possibly Over Racism Allegations

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Feb. 17 2012 3:31 PM

Pat Buchanan and MSNBC Part Ways, Possibly Over Racism Allegations

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(Political commentator Pat Buchanan (L) speaks as moderator Tim Russert (R) looks on a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC Studios June 24, 2007 in Washington, DC.)

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

MSNBC is a lonely place for a conservative, especially if passages of your latest book are seen as teetering close to racism.

The network has parted ways with conservative commentator Pat Buchanan after a decade, saying, “We wish him well.” Reading between the lines suggests less of an amicable split.

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The former CNN Crossfire host’s recent book, Suicide of a Superpower, drew criticism for racism with chapter titles like “The End of White America” and “The Death of Christian America.” Buchanan denied the accusations and suggested he was being blacklisted for exercising free speech, but MSNBC’s president Phil Griffin said that the book shouldn’t “be part of the national dialogue.”

The former GOP presidential candidate has drawn accusations of racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia before, but his commentary made him even more of an outsider among MSNBC’s increasingly liberal-leaning content.

Maybe it’s time for Buchanan to get back in the race for president. Some conservatives are still looking for their savior.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.

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