Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Rachel Maddow Smile
Pleasantly During Pat Buchanan's Election Coverage on MSNBC
Why are these people smiling? No, really. In fact, why do they even agree to appear on the same show with Pat Buchanan?
He is, after all, a virulent hatemonger who has unapologetically claimed that AIDS is retribution against gays, praised Hitler as "an individual of great courage," and stated that women "are simply not endowed by nature with the same measures of single-minded ambition and the will to succeed" as are men, just for a start. Evidently, there's nothing the old duffer can say that's so objectionable it renders him unfit to be offered a high-profile and widely coveted spot covering the election by MSNBC or makes the likes of Olbermann, Matthews, and Maddow unwilling to legitimize his despicable positions by appearing with and regarding him as a professional equal.
So I guess his latest emission of full-tilt crazy—in which he argues that black Americans should be appreciative of everything white Americans have done "to lift up blacks" and wonders "Where is the gratitude?"—won't bother them a bit, either. After all, it's not like there are any black people in their little club anyway, since MSNBC's idea of fair and balanced is one dude who openly hates women and one who openly hates people of color.
Pam Spaulding and Dave Neiwert have more on Buchanan's latest screed, which is titled (I shit you not) "A Brief for Whitey."
[Lest anyone waste his or her time accusing me of censorship or hostility to free speech, I said no such thing. Buchanan should absolutely be free to disgorge his diarrheic rantings on his blog or any welcoming street corner in the nation; I just don't think they ought to get him a spot covering a national election on cable news.]