Posted by Audiegrl
I guess the most important question to be asked is this. Does MSNBC know that it has a ‘Pat Buchanan problem’? Just like Fox has a ‘Glenn Beck problem’ and CNN has a ‘Lou Dobbs’ problem’. How many times does Buchanan get to go off the deep end of American politics and still keep his job? I know MSNBC thinks that Buchanan is ‘Uncle Pat’, a lovable old curmudgeon who does and says crazy things at every family reunion. Everybody laughs and shakes their heads, and then he goes away with his antics until next years reunion.
This time its being a ‘Hilter Sympathiser’. Last time it was his xenophobic and racist rant on The Rachel Maddow Show talking about Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayer. Before that? Just type his name in Google and you will find an avalanche of his other diatribes. I mean, come on now, this is the same guy who helped Nixon develop the Southern Strategy. So what do you expect?
As posted at TPM:
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland, Buchanan, a frequent commentator on MSNBC, has written a syndicated column entitled “Did Hitler Want War?”
According to Buchanan, Hitler’s invasion of Poland — which led to Britain’s declaration of war on Germany, and the start of World War II — was motivated merely by Germany’s desire to regain the city of Danzig, which had been given to Poland in the Versailles Treaty. Had Poland simply negotiated with Hitler, war could have been averted. In fact, Hitler wasn’t bent on world, or even European, domination. He would have been happy with just Danzig, Austria, and the Sudetenland, you see. Hitler “wanted to end the war in 1940, almost two years before the trains began to roll to the camps.” It was only thanks to the aggression of Britain, Russia, and the U.S. that the conflict was expanded. So, goes the implication, any deaths that occurred after 1940 — including the 6 million that comprised the Holocaust — are on the Allies’ heads.
In fact, the column is just a bite-size version of an argument Buchanan made last year in book form.
An MSNBC spokesman did not respond when asked by TPMmuckraker about the network’s decision to continue to showcase a Hitler apologist.
If past is prologue, MSNBC will keep Buchanan under wraps and off the air, until the outrage dies down in a couple of weeks, and then he will be right back on your TV.
Everyday someone on MSNBC brings up the subject of whether President Obama is losing his progressive base. What MSNBC really should concentrate on… is whether they are losing their progressive base by continuing to employ Pat Buchanan…
***UPDATE: You are not going to believe this one. This morning TPM tells us:
But it turns out the network actually has Buchanan’s revisionist column up on its own site, marked “commentary” — as if this were a piece about, say, health-care reform, or Sonia Sotomayor.
That’s right. Supposedly liberal MSNBC now has a column on its site that argues, essentially, that Hitler was a man of peace — a point of view usually relegated to the fringiest of neo-Nazi newsletters.
Hard to know what more to say.
****UPDATE PART II
MSNBC has since taken the piece down, after pressure from the National Jewish Democratic Council. Here’s a statement from David A. Harris, NJDC’s President: “MSNBC took the responsible action and removed Pat Buchanan’s column defending Adolf Hitler from their website, but no worthy news organization should employ and promote a commentator who engages in such vile fiction.”