ADL: Pat Buchanan Promotes New Book on Racist Radio Show

Jun 30, 2008, 01:00 ET from Anti-Defamation League

    NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Anti-Defamation League
 (ADL) today said conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan "stooped
 into the cesspool of extremism" by appearing on a radio show run by a
 well-known white supremacist.
     On June 29, Buchanan appeared on "Political Cesspool," a
 Tennessee-based AM radio show run by white supremacist James Edwards, to
 promote his book, Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain
 Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World.
     "While parading himself as a moderate, to sell his book Pat Buchanan
 has stooped into the cesspool of extremism," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL
 National Director.
     Edwards regularly invites anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, white supremacists,
 Holocaust deniers and conspiracy theorists to voice their views on his
 show. It was Buchanan's second appearance on the program, which is also
 available via the Internet.
     "It's not as if he did this by accident," said Mr. Foxman. "Anyone who
 would have made inquiries into the nature of this program would have
 realized that it is an outlet for racism, anti-Semitism and hate."
     During the interview, Buchanan posited that World War II was
 unnecessary and that the British "blundered ... to bring about a war with
 Germany," a war that Hitler did not want. Buchanan also stated that, "Had
 there been no war, there would have been no Holocaust."
     Buchanan, who has a long history of racist and anti-Semitic comments,
 defended the American aviator Charles Lindbergh against charges of
 anti-Semitism, saying that "...his reputation has been blackened because of
 a single speech he gave and a couple of paragraphs in it where he said that
 ... the Jewish community is beating the drums for war ... but frankly, no
 one has said what he said was palpably untrue."
     The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading
 organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that
 counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

SOURCE Anti-Defamation League