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MSNBC Conservative Commentator Hosted Holocaust Denial Forum

Aaron Keyak — May 13, 2009 – 2:23 pm | Comments (4) Add a comment

Yesterday’s New York Daily News had an item asking, “Why is Pat Buchanan’s website playing host to Holocaust deniers?” JTA reported that by “Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., that discussion forum had suddenly and mysteriously vanished from Buchanan’s Web site.” Some might remember that Buchanan ran for President as a Republican a few times, but Menachem Rosensaft of the Daily News asks for “‘an explanation from MSNBC as to why they keep someone on the air’ that ‘has been aiding and abetting Holocaust deniers on his web site.’”

Here are a few items about the forum from JTA:

Rosensaft, the son of Holocaust survivors and general counsel for the World Jewish Congress, wrote:

Buchanan.org, his official Web site, hosts, on a “Buchanan Brigade Forum” for registered members of the site, a long discussion thread in which Holocaust revisionists compare notes with each other and heap venom and vitriol on Jews. It’s titled “Discussion about ‘The Holocaust’ ” (with The Holocaust in quotes, of course).

In 2009, when the international community is busy excoriating Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for doubting whether 6 million Jews did in fact perish at the hands of the Third Reich, Buchanan’s Web site is encouraging this very conversation.

He also provides some excerpts from the forum “which is replete with references to the ‘Holohoax” and “Holocaustianity.’”

Among the gems featured there are the following:

—-Most historians believe it was LOGISTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO GAS 6 MILLION JEWS AND REDUCE THEIR BODIES TO ASHES.”

—-“I would like to see some rebuttal from Holocaust believers. Let’s see some pictures of those gas chambers or those big cremation ovens. I’ll tell you right now - THEY DON’T EXIST. The same blinded people that believe that the Germans intentionally killed Jews - also believe the myth of the Anne Frank Diary.”

—-“As anyone reads the various articles that have been posted here, they will have to realize that there simply were not gas chambers or mass crematoriums at any of the German internment camps.”

Rosensaft points out that MSNBC’s employment of Buchanan in light of this revelation doesn’t seem consistent with its past decisions:

Two years ago, Don Imus was unceremoniously dumped by MSNBC after making racially insensitive remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

Buchanan’s sponsorship of a Holocaust denial forum is at least as offensive. Isn’t it?

This type of discussion about the Holocaust is unacceptable. MSNBC and Republicans should make that point clear to Buchanan.

Comments

Charles Prentiss | May 15, 2009 – 9:10 pm

Hopefully, Pat Buchanan will get rid of all Holocaust deniers from his web-site.  Buchanan is pretty awful, but I don’t think that he himself has ever denied the Holocaust or tried to diminish the number of victims.

Sandra Leigh | May 16, 2009 – 12:36 pm

Why don’t you organize us to send emails to MSNBC asking them about this and what are they going to do about it.

Martin Bregman | May 16, 2009 – 2:18 pm

Everybody knows that the Earth is flat!

Laura | May 17, 2009 – 2:48 am

Oh my—I don’t think that they allowed the prisoners cameras in the camps.  But there are plenty of pictures all over the internet and other books. The Nazis took plenty of pictures and documented everything.    First, I can understand why people don’t want to believe that it existe-there was so much mass murder, that people feel guilty and don’t want to except that they lived in a world with that going on. Second, some people are angry, prejudiced, and unhappy, and they want to be argumentative. Do you not see what’s happening in other parts of the world right now? Do you think that my father created the story about coming to this country with only his sick parents and none of his 5 sisters and brothers was not true? All the crazy Nazis stories of looking for his sisters and brothers. Watching his brother get killed right in front of him?And no. 2,  I think people always love to fight the fight, whether it’s about someone on t.v. or another country. It’s so easy to make stories about something you know absolutely nothing about. Did you also know that 20 MILLION RUSSIANS were killed in WWII? Three times the number of Jewish folks. Did you know that there was only young children and older men in Russia! The in-between ages were all wiped out from War.  Many, many people lost their lives at that time. AND MANY MORE ARE LOSING THEIR LIVES AT THIS VERY MOMENT. It’s very sad that teachers taught that the story of Jesus being chosen to die by the decision of a few bystanders is written that way. Jesus came to die for your sins, whenever he went, by whomever, AND the people weren’t Christian yet in those times. There had to be other folks standing there. And come on, who really knows exactly who the few people standing in the court yard were thousands of years ago? Yes, I dearly believe in G-d, but how accurate can stories be that man years ago.  Now please, don’t send me email infuriated that I chose something from the Bible to repute. If you believed, you wouldn’t be so angry and PRETENDING THAT YOU DON’T BELIEVE in this HORRIBLE truth. If you’re so confused and upset, why don’t you go to Germany and Poland and visit Auschwitz or Dachau and go to the Simon Wiesenthal museum in California and find out for yourselves.  My husband just came in and said, from a quote from Saturday Night Live, Pat Buchanan, you ignorant moran. You’ve seen the actual films that were taken during the liberation of the camps; you know things many from being a journalist. This is not just sensationalism. It is a sin.Disrespectful to all the families of the people who have died in this travesty. A special prayer for you all…

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