Where in the world is Pat Buchanan?
MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan has been MIA from MSNBC’s air for quite a while. ICN started getting queries from MSNBC viewers about Pat’s whereabouts some weeks ago. I knew Pat had been doing a book tour so I didn’t pay too much attention at first. But as time went by I started getting more and more curious. Buchanan’s last appearance on MSNBC was October 22nd which is more than two months ago.
ICN reached out to MSNBC but they would not comment. That for me is a red flag so let the speculation begin. What could be going on? Is it Pat’s new book? Back in November The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone wrote about Buchanan’s disappearing act when it was still relatively young.
But one network on which Buchanan hasn’t talked up the book is the one that actually employs him, MSNBC. Buchanan, a former Republican presidential speechwriter who later ran for the White House as a fiery populist candidate, hasn’t appeared on MSNBC since Oct. 22, a few days after his book hit the shelves. The book, however, wasn’t discussed.
MSNBC declined to comment for this article. However, an MSNBC executive said that the network is taking the concerns seriously, while contending there had been a conscious decision — predating any outside criticism — not to have Buchanan on air promoting the book. The issue at hand, the executive said, was the views expressed in the book rather than any policy against promoting books written by on-air talent. Although Buchanan made one appearance since the book was published, it was not discussed on air.
It would not be unreasonable for one to conclude based on this that Pat’s book may still be keeping him off MSNBC’s air. Will it be permanent? That’s the $64,000 question. The fact that he’s been off MSNBC during GOP primary season is a big deal.