ColorofChange.org, the group behind the campaigns “Stop Glenn Beck’s Race Baiting” and “Turn off Fox,” sent out a fundraising alert last night about MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan. “MSNBC President Phil Griffin just confirmed that Buchanan is suspended indefinitely,” read the email.
One problem: it’s just not true. But the Daily Caller wrote it up last night, that story got picked up on Drudge, and it took off from there.
It is true that Buchanan has not been on MSNBC since October. And it’s possible he may never return.
But an MSNBC insider tells us that nothing has changed since Griffin’s comments Saturday at TCA, that he’d asked Buchanan not to appear on the air while he was out promoting his book. Griffin added that he and Buchanan “are going to meet soon and a decision will be made.” We hear that meeting is now likely to happen sooner rather than later, perhaps next week.
Monday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Buchanan said his absence is due to health reasons, not a suspension. “On Drudge Report, somebody said I’ve been suspended. I don’t know anything about that. I hope to get back full up here in January, but I’ve been out for a couple of months.”