Buchanan Blames Gays for MSNBC Blackout

    WASHINGTON - JUNE 15:  Pat Buchanan speaks about Tim Russert to reporters outside NBC's bureau June 15, 2008 in Washington, DC.  This week's Meet the Press show was a tribute to host Tim Russert who died at age 58 of a heart attack last week.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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    Pat Buchanan escalated his war with MSNBC on Wednesday, blaming “militant gay rights activists” and Van Jones for Buchanan's months-long absence from the network. Buchanan hasn’t been on MSNBC since late October, and network president Phil Griffin stirred up conflict by telling reporters on Saturday that it was over Buchanan’s latest book, Suicide of a Superpower, which has implicitly racist passages. Buchanan told radio host Hugh Hewitt that his TV blackout actually began with medical problems and that he has not been formally suspended from MSNBC.

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