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Thursday, January 12, 2012
WND Uses Buchanan Controversy to Sell (And Whitewash) His Book
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily is seizing upon Pat Buchanan's apparent ouster from MSNBC to ... make money.

 A Jan. 10 WND article carries the headline "Buchanan's book so explosive MSNBC brass goes bonkers," asserting that "increasingly left-leaning MSNBC eliminated its last conservative." (Michael Steele might beg to differ.) Illustrated for some reason with a screen shot of the Howard Beale character from the film "Network," the article plays up a statement by MSNBC president Phil Griffin that the ideas Buchanan forwared in his book "Suicide of a Superpower" "aren’t really appropriate for national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC."

WND responds: 'However, apart from MSNBC, in the larger world where 'national dialogue' occurs, Buchanan’s latest book has been hugely popular," followed by examples of "high critical acclaim" for the book. In fact, the blurbs WND quotes aren't about the book itself but for Buchanan in general. How do we know? They were simply copied-and-pasted from Buchanan's website, where they appear under the heading  "Praise for Pat Buchanan."

WND then asks: "So, what is 'Suicide of a Superpower' really about, and why would MSNBC find it so offensive as to axe its author and declare its ideas not 'appropriate for national dialogue'? This is followed by promotional boilerplate -- and numerous links to purchase the book at the WND online store.

WND conveniently ignores some of the more odious aspects of Buchanan's beliefs expressed in his book:

  • Buchanan expresses alarm that, in his view, an Army general believes that "the strength of the U.S. Army stems from the fact that we now have a smaller share of white male soldiers."
  • Buchanan asserts that American Jews are disappearing because they made a "collective desision" to abort themselves out of existence.
  • Buchanan complains that the Supreme Court is too diverse, ignoring the fact that all but six of the 112 people to serve on the court have been white males.
  • Buchanan employed a researcher for his book who was arrested for attacking a woman with a "karate chop" and calling her the n-word.

Additionally, Buchanan's work is frequently praised by white nationalist groups.

WND published another Jan. 10 article portraying Buchanan as being suppressed by MSNBC, complaining about a campaign to get Buchanan removed as an MSNBC commentator. Again, WND failed to delve into the specifics of his actual opinions, and it also contained the copied-and-pasted blurbs from Buchanan's website.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:54 PM EST

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