27 Nov 2012 Update on Pat Buchanan Correction and Apology Post
I was in a rush when I wrote the post this afternoon about Diversity Inc. magazine’s founder and CEO attacking Pat Buchanan (“Buchanan is a bigot–a racist, anti-Semitic creep. He’s chronologically old, but he’s one of those people who was born a bitter, ugly, little, shrunken, mean, horrid old man.”) and didn’t realize until later that I didn’t include the words Buchanan allegedly said (but didn’t). So I’ll add that now.
But first, an update: At the time of my afternoon post, it was unclear whether Diversity Inc.’s founder and CEO, Luke Visconti, even realized he was citing a fake article from a satire site. At this point, the online magazine no longer has that excuse, as I left a message to that effect, and suggesting firmly that Mr. Buchanan is due a correction and an apology, on the column’s webpage about six hours ago. The message was “awaiting moderation,” but never appeared — although several others with later time stamps have since been published.
Maybe a correction/apology is still forthcoming, but this isn’t the kind of thing that ought to take a long time for an ethical organization to think over.
Now for an excerpt of the article Diversity Inc. treated as real, and attacked, from the satire site The Daily Currant:
…When asked for his reaction to Obama’s victory, Buchanan replied brazenly:
“White America died last night. Obama’s reelection killed it. Our 200 plus year history as a Western nation is over. We’re a Socialist Latin American country now. Venezuela without the oil.”
Stunned by his clear racism, Liddy tried to walk his guest back from the ledge:
“With what you just said right there…You seem to imply that white people are better than other people. That’s not really what you’re saying is it?”
“Of course that’s what I’m saying,” Buchanan replied “Isn’t it obvious? Anything worth doing on this Earth was done first by white people.”
“Who landed on the moon? White people. Who climbed Mount Everest? White people. Who invented the transistor? White people. Who invented paper? White people. Who discovered algebra? White people.”
“And don’t give me all this nonsense about Martin Luther King and civil rights and all that. Who do you think freed the slaves? Abraham Lincoln. A white guy!”
“But we’re not led by Lincoln anymore, we’re led by an affirmative-action mulatto who can’t physically understand how great America once was.”
“I cried last night G. I cried for hours. It’s over for all of us. The great White nation will never survive another 4 years of Obama’s leadership.”
Liddy tried to reason with Buchanan, reminding him that he shares similar positions with the President on Afghanistan, Iraq, and relations with Russia:
“Of course I agree with half of what he does,” Buchanan answered, “He’s half white! That’s not the half I’m worried about.”
In case there is any doubt, The Daily Currant “About” page answers the question “Are your newstories real?” with “No. Our stories are purely fictional…”
So how about a correction and apology, Diversity Inc.?