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Why did MSNBC drop Pat Buchanan?

Pat Buchanan, a conservative commentator on MSNBC, was suspended after the publication of his book. Critics of Pat Buchanan's book, "Suicide of a Superpower" called it racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic.

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Pat Buchanan, back in 2000, as a Reform Party candidate. His latest book "Suicide of a Superpower" has been controversial. :

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MSNBC dropped conservative commentator Pat Buchanan on Thursday, four months after suspending him following the publication of his latest book.

The book "Suicide of a Superpower" contained chapters titled "The End of White America" and "The Death of Christian America." Critics called the book racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic, charges Buchanan denied.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin said last month that he didn't think Buchanan's book "should be part of the national dialogue, much less part of the dialogue on MSNBC."

The network said on Thursday that "after 10 years, we have decided to part ways with Pat Buchanan. We wish him well."

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Buchanan, in a column posted on Thursday, called the decision "an undeniable victory for the blacklisters."

The former GOP candidate had seemed increasingly out of place on MSNBC as it emphasized liberal commentary in recent years. But he kept a regular presence, even forging an unlikely chemistry with talk show host Rachel Maddow despite disagreeing on most issues.

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