Illustrating how a talking point can build upon itself independently of the original context of a story, Pat Buchanan has seized the Sonia Sotomayor nomination to the Supreme Court as an opportunity to broadcast all his fears about the Hispanic community. Among his claims are that Judge Sotomayor practices “race-based justice” and that her nomination is not just solely based on affirmative action but that it signals a “Jim-Crow liberalism” that discriminates against white men. Media Matters compiled Buchanan’s most baseless, racist comments bringing up the question of just why he’s still allowed on television.

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