Human Rights Campaign: MSNBC Should 'Sanction' Pat Buchanan
Another major advocacy group is calling on MSNBC to address the controversies surrounding analyst Pat Buchanan.
Gay rights group Human Rights Campaign called for the network to "sanction" Buchanan. The group criticized the network for giving Buchanan what they referred to as a platform "to spew...dangerous rhetoric."
The commentator has been under fire recently for remarks he has made while promoting his new book, "Suicide Of A Superpower." Buchanan appeared on on the controversial radio show "The Political Cesspool."
This led African American political advocacy group Color of Change to call for network to fire him. The book also contained a chapter titled "The End Of White America" and what Color of Change believed were racially charged sentiments.
The HRC took issue with comments Buchanan made during a Tuesday appearance on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show."
Buchanan described homosexuality as "unnatural and immoral." He added "that kind of conduct should be discouraged in a good society, in a healthy society." He also told Rehm that "the argument that diversity is a strength is a canard. It is nonsense."
HRC President Joe Solmonese said that such statements were unacceptable. “MSNBC should sanction Mr. Buchanan, as his extremist ideas are incredibly harmful to millions of LGBT people around the world," he said.
Buchanan's remarks as a commentator on MSNBC have consistently made headlines. Just in the past few months referred to President Obama as "your boy" when speaking to Al Sharpton (though he fiercely denied any racial connotation to the comments) and said that African Americans were living on a "liberal plantation."