I know we should know better by now…
“Hounding” really? “Not a propagandist”?
One does not need to be an orthodox “propagandist” to have repellent views and be sacked for them. Buchanan has regularly expressed disgustingly retrograde views that he attempts to cloak with a veneer of “intellectual honesty”. Of course in this case we must stretch the concept of “intellectual” and “honesty” into meanings that even Orwell’s characters in 1984 would find ridiculous. There’s nothing intellectual nor honest about using bad history, bad numbers and myopic reactionary rhetoric.
Repellent views are repellent views. You can be honest in expressing them, but that doesn’t make you any less repellent. Just because you use big words and quasi-logical ways of calling black people inferior, or Hitler misunderstood doesn’t make you sane or reasonable. It just makes you a more effective demagogue.
MSNBC was right in terminating him. The tragedy was that he was allowed a platform to speak for so long. That he was given a job for so long and tolerated despite his crankery is not a sign of open-mindedness on MSNBC, but rather the power of Washington establishment figures to gain privileged access to media outlets. For once this has been corrected.
In the future, perhaps MSNBC can bring on someone like our esteemed Jason Kuznicki or James Hanley to debate weaknesses in liberal viewpoints. Or even the very tame Joe Scarborough who retains his job at the network.
Andrew, we understand that he is your friend personally. It’s hard to admit you’re friends with a reactionary neo-fascist. But that doesn’t mean you should go around claiming some sort of McCarthyite censorship. The man is a loon, he has no place in the national discourse, and cable “news” is a more rational place for it.