There is a debate about whether everything that can be debated ought to. The thought goes something like this: just because something can be known or discovered, does not entail that it ought to be (or it does mean it ought to be, or some variation on this thought). A corollary to this argument involves Poe's law considerations: just because there are people who will argue for abhorrent view x, does not entail that either (a) their view deserves consideration or (b) the matter is open for debate. We have moved beyond the KKK, the Nazis, the young-earth creationists. They still exist, of course. Their views no longer merit debate, but rather explanation: why in the face of so much evidence, does this person continue to believe x? That's the issue now.
MSNBC fired Pat Buchanan for being what he has always been: an unrepetent racist. Good, I say. There are things we need to get done around here, and we no longer have the time, and never should have had the time, to sit around and wonder whether some of us were genetically or culturally up to the challenge.
Buchanan's MSNBC friends, however, thought he still had a place in the debate. They write:
"Everyone at Morning Joe considers Pat Buchanan to be a friend and a member of the family. Even though we strongly disagree with the contents of Pat's latest book, Mika and I believe those differences should have been debated in public. An open dialogue with Morning Joe regulars like Al Sharpton and Harold Ford, Jr. could have developed into an important debate on the future of race relations in America.
Because we believe that sunlight is the best disinfectant, Mika and I strongly disagree with this outcome. We understand that the parting was amicable. Still, we will miss Pat."
Sunlight hasn't disinfected anything, obviously. It was time for an amputation.