They've got muck; we've got rakes. TPM Muckraker
In a blog post called "Blacklisted, But Not Beaten," Buchanan announced that "after 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous."
The split came after the release of Buchanan's book in October, which lamented the increase in multiculturalism and diversity in America and "the death of Christian America."
Sample quote, about crime:
If [conservative political commentator Heather] Mac Donald's statistics are accurate, 49 of every 50 muggings and murders in New York are the work of minorities. That might explain why black folks have trouble getting a cab. Every New York cabby must know the odds, should he pick up a man of color at night.
Read more excerpts here.
In January, MSNBC President Phil Griffin addressed the book and explained that he had asked Buchanan not to appear on the network while he was promoting it. "The ideas he put forth aren't really appropriate for national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC," Griffin said. But the split is now official.
"If my book is racist and anti-Semitic," Buchanan asks in his blog post, "how did Sean Hannity, Erin Burnett, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Megyn Kelly, Lou Dobbs, and Ralph Nader miss that? How did Charles Payne, African-American host on Fox radio, who has interviewed me three times, fail to detect its racism? How did Michael Medved miss its anti-Semitism?"
Buchanan also blames his departure from MSNBC on the Anti-Defamation League and the civil rights group Color of Change: "The modus operandi of these thought police at Color of Change and ADL is to brand as racists and anti-Semites any writer who dares to venture outside the narrow corral in which they seek to confine debate. All the while prattling about their love of dissent and devotion to the First Amendment, they seek systematically to silence and censor dissent."
"I know these blacklisters," Buchanan says. "They operate behind closed doors, with phone calls, mailed threats, and off-the-record meetings. They work in the dark because, as Al Smith said, nothing un-American can live in the sunlight."