Alex Blaze

Pat Buchanan, white supremacist

Filed By Alex Blaze | January 18, 2008 2:16 PM | comments

Filed in: Media, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Press, Chris Matthews, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Pat Buchanan, racism, sexism, Tucker Carlson, white supremacy

Bill Press, Tucker Carlson, and Pat Buchanan on MSNBC:

Someone finally called Pat Buchanan a white supremacist to his face. Well, I'm sure someone else has before, but when was the last time another pundit did? If it's any amount time over a month ago, it's been too long.

What's even stranger about this video is that you have three white men talking, and the only thing preventing them from starting a circle jerk over the Oppressed White Man is a Bill Press willing to call the whole idea stupid.

I suppose this is the corporate media's idea of "fair and balanced."

Of course, we should be expecting a lot more of this coming soon. Should either Obama or Hillary win the nomination (and one will, Edwards is SOL after losing Iowa), we'll be hearing some of the most racist or sexist bile flung their way. The only reason we're hearing more against Hillary right now is because Obama is the Not Hillary. Should he win and become the Not John McCain, watch out.

And it won't be directed just at them, but at anyone who supports them. The conversation, before Carlson and Buchanan turned into the KKK chuckle corner, was about whether the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Obama just because he's Black. You know, the same "analysis" that's become all too common - Black people will vote for Obama because he's Black, women will vote for Clinton because she's a woman, Black women don't exist, and white men are the only people who can be trusted to vote based on a candidate's character, experience, and politics.

Just sayin', it's bad but expect it to get worse. None of them is running against the media's favorite child right now, none of them have the well-financed right-wing machine turned squarely against him or her.

Maybe this will start that elusive National Conversation on Race or Sex that we've always been hearing so much about. An event like Don Imus's early last year fell from the national consciousness because it was one event and the media can't draw the obvious connections between it and other instances of racism. But in our personality obsessed culture, if one person bore the brunt of racism or sexism for 10 months straight, well, we might start seeing some dots get connected.

I mean, at least Chris Matthews is sorry:

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Whenever Tucker comes on, I turn the channel. I can barely stand Chris "Hillary's a She-Devil" Matthews (some days he's less annoying than others), but when Tucker comes on my gag reflex is immediately activated.

His ratings are in the tank and rumors of his demise have been circulating. I hope they're true and the rumors that Rachel Maddow (queer woman of Air America fame) will be getting a show on MSNBC are true.

I think its interesting watching my own and other's reactions to both Hillary's and Obama's campaigns. So far, there seems to be more open discussion about racism than there has about sexism. Either way, I'm glad either are being discussed at all. It's uncomfortable - even painful - at times, but it is NECESSARY.

Really good post, Alex. It's about time someone stood up to Buchanan. His racist and homophobic speech at the 91 Republican convention was horrific.