Readers might recall I was none too pleased with the Election Night coverage from MSNBC last Tuesday. I wrote early Wednesday that on Election Night there has to be a more complete and rounded ability to shape the coverage and inform the audience in ways that give full context. That was not the case on MSNBC.
During the coverage I asked myself where the face and institutional memory of Patrick Buchanan was, just as I had wondered over the many weeks leading up to the Iowa caucuses.
Now there is an answer.
It is not one that many are happy to hear.
While I find the opinions that Buchanan expresses in his books often running counter to my historical interpretations and moral grounding, I am still aware that he has a most informed knowledge of the political battleground in America. For that reason I always enjoy his appearances on national television.
Phil Griffin, the president of the network, said in an interview here on Saturday that Mr. Buchanan might not be allowed to return to the channel because of the arguments in his most recent book, “Suicide of a Superpower,” which have been criticized by some civil rights organizations as racist and anti-Semitic.
Mr. Griffin said that Mr. Buchanan, who has not appeared on the network since he began a book tour in October, was still employed by MSNBC, but that his future with the channel was unresolved.
“Pat and I are going to meet soon and discuss it,” Mr. Griffin said. But he cited some of the arguments Mr. Buchanan made in the book as reason the commentator had not come back, even after his book tour ended.