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NJDC to MSNBC: Stop Promoting Buchanan’s Hitler Defense

Aaron Keyak — September 3, 2009 – 3:23 pm | Abusive Holocaust Rhetoric | Republicans Comments (5) Add a comment

David A. Harris, President of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), released the following statement:

NJDC condemns MSNBC conservative commentator and former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan’s recent column, “Did Hitler Want War,” in defense of Adolf Hilter’s actions in World War II. It is particularly disturbing that MSNBC is promoting this column on

Buchanan has a long history of insensitivity when it comes to issues surrounding the Holocaust, and he has taken the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II as an opportunity to voice these opinions once again.

This sort of historical revisionism is deplorable. Buchanan’s latest column should be removed immediately from, and no worthy news organization should employ a commentator who engages in such vile fiction. The Constitution protects Buchanan’s right to say whatever he wants, but it does not require MSNBC or any other network to provide a prominent platform for such drivel.


Carl Lee | September 4, 2009 – 12:53 am

NJDC is outraged because, Buchanan wrote a friendly column, about Adolph Hitler. Conservatives have compared Pres Obama, to Hitler and referred to him, as a Nazi. Where’s the Jewish outrage, about that? You proved what I was saying, to people. If someone called a Jew, a Nazi every Jew in this country, would be up in arms. When it’s a black president, no one cares. If Buchanan is insensitive to the Holocaust, who cares. Other races have experienced their own Holocausts. It appears that the only thing that counts, is Jewish feelings.

concerned | September 4, 2009 – 2:10 am

thank you.

David Verzi | September 4, 2009 – 9:28 am

You have attacked free speech in asking that MSNBC remove Pat Buchanan’s column. I have read the column and do not find it in any way anti-Semitic, in support of Hitler, or insensitive to issues surrounding the Holocaust. It is simply a scholarly analysis of history, that you, I, and all are free to agree or disagree with. Instead of calling for censorship (which is always the easiest thing to do) since you disagree with Buchanan’s remarks, why don’t you answer them with your own scholarly analysis of the history he cites and ask MSNBC to post your analysis (which I think that they most certainly should do); I am most sure your have the intellectual capacity to mount a scholarly refutation of Buchanan’s opinion. Such action on your part would be much more effective than simply calling for censorship.

Andrew | September 4, 2009 – 7:16 pm

I’d be interested to hear some reasons why we should think Buchanan’s position that Hitler did not intend to take over Europe is false.
It is one thing to be shocked by what someone says, and another to know that it is false.

tom hollingsworth | September 5, 2009 – 3:08 pm

What the NJDC, the ADL and all the other powerful jewish organizations do is patented.  When an article, such as the one Buchanan wrote about Hitler comes out, all these jewish groups start howling hysterically.  Count on it!  They lock arms and begin marching in lockstep against the perceived common foe.  They denounce the evil perpetrator and his “vile fictions.”  They issue a blanket denunciation of everything he says and stands for.  But one thing they don’t do- and you can take this to the bank- They never treat objectively of the issues raised, be they percieved, unpalatable historical reflections, or unsavory political commentary.  This they never do.  You’re not going to find a jewish, pro-Israel journalist who will dare to deal with the subtance of Buchanans’ historical perspectives, because he can’t.

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