Anyone who’s ever hit the wrong button on the remote and stumbled onto MSNBC can’t possibly be surprised that the powers that be there have dumped conservative talking head Pat Buchanan.
On the other hand, anyone who’s ever been exposed to Buchanan’s rhetoric must be surprised MSNBC would ever have been interested in him in the first place.
The last straw for MSNBC came when Buchanan spoke out in his book “Suicide of a Superpower,” and even the response to that book shouldn’t have been much of an eye-opener.
But what is concerning is how the dumping was announced.
According to the Associated Press, “MSNBC President Phil Griffin said last month that he didn’t think Buchanan’s book ‘should be part of the national dialogue, much less part of the dialogue on MSNBC.’”
OK, we all get the second part of that and really shouldn’t be offended. MSNBC has to make the monetary decisions that are in its own best interest, after all.
We understand why Phil and friends don’t want Buchanan to be “part of the dialogue on MSNBC” and we really are not surprised.
But why would someone who is supposed to be running an information medium suggest that this veteran writer’s comments should not be “part of the national dialogue?”
At a time when every alternative lifestyle and philosophy is suggested to be of equal value in our culture, we constantly have this sort of comment being made about conservative thought with little reaction.
There is a very real movement that suggests, if your beliefs are “too conservative” they are not worthy, and are, perhaps, not even legal.
That someone with Griffin’s status would openly make this comment speaks volumes about how far this thought process has advanced in our culture.
Anyone who finds it difficult to believe that there are those in positions of power and authority who would happily enforce their “thought police” on those with whom they are opposed, needs to open their eyes.
This attitude is very present in our society and it’s become more mainstream every day.
— Chuck Smith