If you haven’t heard already, Pat Buchanan showed his racist colors recently by claiming that America was mostly built by white people, which is why white people deserve and get most of the positions of power. This was in the middle of condemning affirmative action, claiming that Sonia Sotomayor is stupid, and whining about how white men are the only people it’s OK to oppress. I was really glad to see that Rachel Maddow, whose show this happened on, went back to readdress the whole thing. And that she basically gave him the smackdown:
You know, I remember when Pat Buchanan used to be scary, back when I was a kid. I remember thinking of him as one of the scary Republican overlords, mouthpiece for Reagan, then the further-right presidential candidate who we were afraid might make it to the general election. (This was the first time I remember my parents telling us that we’d move to Canada if someone horrible became president, back in 1992.) But these days he seems like a tired old man who can’t back up his arguments anymore. Just another abuser who you realize isn’t scary anymore; it’s a good feeling. He’s writing himself into obsolescence, at least in the “mainstream media,” with this kind of blatantly racist crap, although maybe it’s a bid for the loyalty of the racist wingnuts that seem to form a disturbing chunk of the Republican base, not to mention all Freepers and people who yell racist crap at McCain/Palin rallies. Well fine, let the wingnuts have more prominent leaders; it’ll just splinter them faster from Republicans who want to retain some semblance of sanity and get any people of color voting for them at all.
Maddow has been cutting up Buchanan’s arguments for a while now, even before she got her own show. But now that she’s in the driver’s seat, I’m really glad to see her doing a journalist’s job and correcting the facts, and putting the goddamn truth out there. Plus she described the status quo (past and/or present) in America as “white supremacist” on cable news; it’s also the truth, and nobody says it. Everyone knows that sound bites are the huge problem with television news; they let anyone get away with saying practically any crap they want to. Maddow has often been brilliant at countering conservative lies in the moment (although I’d never claim she’s politically perfect) but even she can’t fact-check everything during a conversation. So she and her staff went back and did it later, and demolished his lies, and made a five-minute statement about race in America. She even had a hug for injured-feeling white people. Awww.
Her original debate with Pat Buchanan is behind the cut.
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