Wednesday, August 03, 2011

MSNBC: Stop giving a platform on your network to xenophobia, bigotry and hate speech. Fire Pat Buchanan immediately

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Dear Kevin,

This week Pat Buchanan wrote, astonishingly, that Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik "may be right" in his perception of a Crusades-like conflict between Christians and Muslims.1

So why is MSNBC paying Buchanan to broadcast his extreme views on air?

Buchanan should be able to say just about anything he wants. But MSNBC — a network that is now working to position itself as the progressive alternative to FOX News and CNN — doesn't have to give him a platform.

Tell MSNBC: Fire Pat Buchanan! Click here to automatically sign the petition.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin considers the network "the place to go for progressives."2

But promoting bigotry and racism is anything but progressive. Buchanan's laundry list of unabashed white-supremacy includes downplaying slavery,3 writing a book in which he advocated shutting down our borders to maintain white dominance and espoused the genetic superiority of whites,4 complaining that confirming Elena Kagan would put too many Jews on the Supreme Court,5 and even defending Hitler. Repeatedly.6

Now, Buchanan is validating Breivik's radical, anti-Muslim ideology — the ideology Breivik wrote about extensively in his 1,500 page manifesto, citing numerous prominent American right-wing voices of Islamophobia,7 especially regarding the Park51 Islamic Community Center. Buchanan himself likened the center to the Nazi's trying to march in Skokie, Illinois 3 decades ago.8

Whatever MSNBC's new slogan Lean Forward might mean to them, it's the exact opposite direction of the rhetoric that Buchanan stands for. If the network wants to maintain any credibility, it's time to leave Buchanan behind.

Tell MSNBC: Fire Pat Buchanan! Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Thank you for fighting hate.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "Pat Buchanan: 'Breivik May Be Right'," Media Matters, July 26, 2011
2. "Phil Griffin: 'MSNBC Stands For Something ...Is Really The Place To Go For Progressives'," Mediaite, June 20, 2011
3. "Buchanan: 'What is happening now to white men right now is exactly what was done to black folks for years.'," Think Progress, May 6, 2009
4. "Buchanan Argues For Immigration Moratorium To Preserve White Dominance," Think Progress, August 22, 2006
5. "Buchanan complains that with Kagan, Supreme Court will have too many Jews," Media Matters, May 14, 2010
6. "MSNBC's Pat Buchanan defends Hitler. Again.," Media Matters, September 2, 2009
7. "Breivik Was Influenced By American Islamophobes Behind 'Ground Zero Mosque' Hysteria," ThinkProgress, July 25, 2011
8. "Discussing Ground Zero mosque, Buchanan invokes Nazis attempting to march in Skokie, IL," Media Matters, August 4, 2010

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Blogger Kevin Anthony Stoda said...

Congress: Investigate Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch and other News Corporation executives are at the center of a shocking British media scandal that involves spying, bribery, corruption, a corporate cover-up and even murder.

And now there are reports that his company’s alleged criminal behavior – including the hacking of the phones of September 11 victims – has crossed the Atlantic.

For too long, Murdoch has used his enormous media power to get what he wants from Washington and insulate himself and his company from official scrutiny. If he has broken the law, Murdoch needs to be held accountable.

Already, Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Frank Lautenberg have called for an investigation of News Corp. Take action right now to urge your members of Congress to join them and demand an investigation.

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