One of the worst offenders is Chris Matthews, who gives Buchanan uninterrupted space at the table frequently. Hardball airs at 4:00 PM and is repeated twice in MSNBC’s rotation. Buchanan’s resume includes being an author, a syndicated columnist, and a broadcaster. He was a political advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. Buchanan also sought the Republican nomination for President in 1992 and 1996. He ran in 2000 as the Reform Party’s candidate.
From my grandfather’s civil rights history, Buchanan was one of the originators of racial strife in political campaigns in the South known as the “Southern Strategy.” The fears of Southern White Democrats were stoked with ads and stump speeches that were racially charged against Blacks and helped drive whites from the Democratic party during the 1968 Presidential campaign. This scheme was devised to help then Republican candidate Richard Nixon win the Presidency. Pat Buchanan’s racial views have not changed any since his successful implementation of the Southern Strategy; it continues today, front and center on MSNBC. With a tarred history of race baiting, Buchanan is asked his point of view by a “reputable” news organization almost daily. His views on race relations are given a nod nightly from NBC Universal from everyone sitting in glass anchor chairs while throwing rocks at FOX News.
MSNBC took FOX News, Andrew Brietbart, and the NAACP to task over the Sherrod video last week, and well they should have. However, while judging from on high they ignored the headlines that Buchanan has generated while commentating at MSNBC that received little or no rebuke from the network that gives him a seat at the table on racial discussions. In March, 2008 Buchanan authored “A Brief for Whitey.” When “A Brief for Whitey” was penned, the country was at the height of the Rev. Wright controversy. Never one to miss an opportunity to keep the races divided Buchanan stated:
First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
I take it Buchanan is telling Black folks they should be glad to have been slaves. I could be wrong; however, it would be nice if MSNBC and Chris Matthews asked him exactly what did he mean. With a constant eye on FOX News, MSNBC gave Buchanan unlimited access to its viewers to shape opinions on Rev. Wright by focusing on some of his statements from one speech, while ignoring Buchanan’s constant barrage of race baiting. One look at the titles of Pat Buchanan’s articles shows you why he was so successful with the Southern Strategy:
- Whitey Need Not Apply
- PBS is Hiring – Blacks, Whitey Need Not Apply
- The Color of Crime
- How Liberals Play Race Politics
- Pastor to the President?
- Uprooting the New Racism.
- To Advance Diversity: Should Chelsea Quit Stanford?
Pat Buchanan’s article discusses racial prejudices in the ugliest of terms. Andrew Brietbart is a baby by comparison.