So, sure, MSNBC has a lefty lineup, if you don't count the three-hour Joe Scarborough show and the cut-ins from, shall we say, the conservative CNBC anchors. It's come a long way since it fired Phil Donohue for being a lefty. But how accurate and fair is it to characterize MSNBC this way but then call Pat Buchanan merely a "conservative."? Wouldn't it be more fair to simply refer to MSNBC as a cable network, Buchanan a paid political commenter and then go from there? Buchanan's issues seem to run a lot deeper than mere conservatism. Let Buchanan blame the left. A lazy reporter shouldn't just copy that down and repeat it.
The LA Times can and should do better than this.
Pat Buchanan gets the ax from MSNBC, blames the left
Pat Buchanan has been dismissed by MSNBC, the left-leaning news network, four months after the channel suspended him.
In an angry post on his blog, conservative commentator Buchanan took his critics to task, writing, "After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous."
Buchanan says the calls for his firing began with the publication in October of his book "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" about America's decline, which critics have called racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic.
Upon his suspension, Buchanan quotes MSNBC President Phil Griffin as telling the press regarding his new book, "I don't think the ideas that [Buchanan] put forth are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC."
Buchanan, a former White House communications director under Ronald Reagan and a former Republican presidential candidate, had been with MSNBC as a political analyst since 2002.
On his website, Buchanan called his ouster "an undeniable victory for the blacklisters."