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Martin Bashir apologizes for disgusting attack on Sarah Palin

Martin Bashir apologizes for disgusting attack on Sarah Palin

Cesspool culture at MSNBC allows people like Bashir to float.

Martin Bashir said he hoped someone would shit and piss in Sarah Palin’s mouth.


The absurd logic was that because Palin compared the national debt to slavery, she deserved to be given a horrific slave torture.

Many people, including the folks at Twitchy, debunked the notion that comparing indebtedness to slavery was unusual. Slave references, much like the overused Nazi comparisons, are all too common, including by Bashir.

Should we wish that everyone who uses a strained Nazi analogy should have their skin peeled off them and turned into lamp shades?

Even in the low world of MSNBC, this was low. MSNBC didn’t seem to mind much, though.

What a cesspool MSNBC has become. Really MSNBC executives, what is wrong with you? Have you lost your minds? Are you so corrupted by your ideology?

Lean forward? How about rehab for your business strategy instead.

But the firestorm of controversy has forced Bashir into an apology.

Howard Kurtz has a good assessment of the situation:

When I first saw a headline about what Martin Bashir said, I figured it must be exaggerated.

No responsible cable news host would call for defecating on a public figure. That’s just beyond the pale, right?

But that’s exactly what Bashir did on his MSNBC show, while spewing venom at Sarah Palin.

I’ve long been amazed by Bashir’s brand of name-calling. He despises Republicans, we get it. But the highly personal nature of his assaults, while delivered in an erudite British accent, stands out even by the loose standards of cable news….

And no one at MSNBC bats an eye? This is deemed acceptable discourse?

What would MSNBC say if a conservative had talked about defecating on, say, Hillary Clinton?

Bashir said it because it didn’t seem that out of the ordinary at MSNBC. Therein lies the blame, a foul cesspool culture at MSNBC which normally allows people like Bashir to float.


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JackRussellTerrierist | November 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

The only apology that could be acceptable from Bashir is if he stood quietly and patiently while the Palin family dog defecated and urinated in HIS mouth.

Being forced to provide labor or property to another against your will is a form of slavery.

Being an foul mouthed ignorant misogynist for pay at MSNBC is a career.

    JOHN B in reply to Anchovy. | November 19, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Bashir is looking higher up than MSNBC.

    If he can just say a few more vile things about Sarah Palin (or George Bush), Bashir will be deemed qualified for a high-level position with the current occupants of the White House.

As Martin Bashir would say: How dare you judge me!

Being a leftist on MSNBC is never having to say you are sorry, I am surprised Bashir even did so.

Just showing his level of tolerance. That vile creature showed his contempt for those he deems in need of being put in their place and he felt no need to be gracious. No one like him should have air time.

Since the people who hired Bashir have the same views as he does, his apology probably comes down to money. Maybe the advertisers are putting pressure on him.

Martin just “Leaned Forward” a little too much.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to LukeHandCool. | November 19, 2013 at 4:07 am

    And he actually said that his friends and colleagues at MSNBC were saddened and embarrassed! Really? Is that even possible?

    That’s where I call “Boooooo-shyeeeeeit!”

    The image of Revr’n Owl, Madcow and Ed Schlitz scolding ol’ Marty is FUNNY!

Gee, how’d we get so lucky, to be graced by the presence of such amazing British “journalists”, like Bashir and Pears Morgan?

BannedbytheGuardian | November 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

The quote Basher used was from the West Indian experience . The mistake that Americans make is to assume this slavery was one & the same as their experiences & that it therefore belongs to them also.

1756 in Jamaica ( British ) Haiti ( France ) the American colonies had different laws & momentum which led to different futures.

Specifically for the British in the West Indies the bounty of the slave trade & the new wealth furnished the industrial revolution in the north of England . The results of that are in everything we do see & know as life today. Without one the other & we would not exist.

The Jamaicans are basically still British so they obviously see slavery in a more favourable perspective. Perhaps they are thinking – heck we could have ended up in worse places eg Pakistan.

    Slaves in the Caribbean are the remainders of those not sold in the USA or were enslaved in the USA and resold in the Caribbean to get rid of troublemakers for whatever reason. Jamaica is an independent country, unlike Canada, and still part of the Commonwealth. However, Jamaica is not British.

    The Jamaicans have a long history of rebellion against British rule and slavery. No, they were never grateful for slavery.

    BTW, what I found amusing about your post was the sheer ignorance displayed concerning the subjects touched on.

    On another note, this: black Americans say slavery had to do with anti-black racism. That is one of the most absurd claims concerning slavery. It was never about race; it was always about labor. Race was incidental and ginned up theories about it was used, eventually, as a psychological tool to ensure a constant supply of labor. Perhaps American blacks would do well to stop looking in the mirror of race and read Eric Williams’s Capitalism and Slavery. Williams was the first premier and prime minister of the small country of Trinidad & Tobago.

It’s a well-crafted speech, but he should have just been fired.

Apologies are overused. They are best for honest, well-intentioned misjudgment that results in harm. For the rest, how about not malfeasing in the first place.

From NewsBusters:

Let’s take a look at some of Bashir’s recent acts of “political discourse” to see how “elevated” they were.

Last month, Bashir equated Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) to cult leader David Koresh.

Earlier that month, he said Republicans care more for War Memorials than kids with cancer.

In August, he and his crew deceptively edited a video of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to radically change the meaning of his words.

In July, he and a guest compared Republicans to drunks and chain smokers.

Earlier that month, he said Fox commentators and Rush Limbaugh were “a sewer of absolute crap.”

A week earlier he suggested that Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) was “the most repugnant politician in the history of American politics.”

In June, he selectively edited 1981 remarks by a Reagan aide to make Republicans look racist.

Earlier that month, he said the Republican investigation into the IRS scandal was an attack on the “black man in the White House.”

In April, he wondered if Republican senators needed to have a family member killed to prevent a filibuster on gun control legislation.

Earlier that month, he totally trashed former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the day of her death.

In January, Bashir ran a deceptively edited video of a father of a slain Sandy Hook child supposedly being heckled in order to smear gun rights supporters.

Earlier that month, he compared the NRA to Adolf Hitler.

A week earlier, he compared a Republican governor to the former murderous dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

At Raw Story, before the apology, I stated that not only did he misrepresent what Palin said, which was that the debt would economically enslave future generations, but in the past he said worse, that some Republicans desired “pledge on upholding traditional marriage” was an attempt to “return to the days of slavery.” One has to be purposefully ignorant not to see the hypocrisy.

Two replies did not even acknowledge that he was wrong.

Bashir is to be commended for what seems a sincere recognition of his terrible behavior. Let’s hope he will follow through. One way would be for him to recognize that the environment at MSNBC contributes to and incites political hatred more than anywhere else on TV.

MSNBC is going bankrupt. Its executives don’t have time to replace Bashir, because they are too busy looking for their own next employment situation.

That is the only explanation that I can think of that makes any sense.

Debt without representation is involuntary exploitation which is an aspect of slavery. Progressive devaluation of capital and labor through debt accumulation will necessarily constrain our degrees of freedom or liberty. Palin has, once again, correctly characterized the situation.

Bashir is boring in his strained effort to redefine the word to meet his expectations. Perhaps he should distinguish between the institution and the practice; but, even then he will fail, since progressive involuntary exploitation and restricted liberty are being prosecuted on an institutional (i.e. organized) basis.

That said, the noteworthy feature of redistributive schemes is that they sponsor corruption, which is a gift that can be inherited. So, not everything is doom and gloom for surviving (i.e. after abortion) generations.

As for the black slave, that is so cliche. There were an equal or greater number of white slaves in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, not to mention North and Central America before the incorporation of America.

BannedbytheGuardian | November 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm

The legacy of slave labour was indentured labour of Indian & Chinese workers be it for building the railroads or staffing the sugar plantations .

The lucky indentured labourers got to stay . The unlucky ones are still in India / Pakistan / Bangladesh. Hello Mr Basheer!

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | November 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I literally started laughing when I heard Bashir say in his apology that MSNBC tries to “elevate the discourse”.

    Bashir is confusing the institution or practice of slavery and something more sadistic, say elective abortion: dismember it, vacuum it, flush it; or deconstruct it through chemical solutions; or perhaps another example of human degradation which others may successfully recall.

    In any case, his extreme rhetoric does not change the character of what is actually happening: involuntary exploitation and constrained liberty. That is where the conversation should begin; but, as we have implicitly consented to promote the general Welfare, will obviously not end. This is the same class of failure which was the basis for characterizing abortion as anything other than murder, then waived the rights of one human life in order to earn the vote of another.

    We are having the wrong conversation. Bashir is completely off-the-wall and actually wallowing in the muck. Palin has summarized the situation with an accurate, if perhaps insensitive description. The conversation should begin but not end with Palin’s characterization, in part because it describes the consequences of following our current path, and offers warning of the obstacles we need to avoid.

    That said, whatever we decide to do, it is imperative to mitigate progressive corruption, which is an integral feature of a welfare state and any redistributive scheme prosecuted through involuntary or fraudulent exploitation.

    My response to comments like that is, “Oh, when did that start? I must have missed the memo.”

I say Bashir doesn’t need to apologize to anyone, nor does anybody on MSNBC, for the same reason you don’t expect an apology from a baby who shits its diapers. It’s what they do.

Bashir, et al at MSNBC, are ugly and sophomoric, but we want the lib water carriers to continue to be as ugly and sophomoric as possible. It paints a certain picture of liberalism and liberals, or perhaps reveals is a better word. Only the hard liberal base tolerates such behavior. It kills the Dem/libs with independents. This is advantageous to conservatism. If I were a GOP party leader, I’d cut Bashir a check every time he said something so repulsive.

    Oh Henry – you are always revealing secrets. Of course they do that, which is why they don’t have any money for conservative candidates’ races.

    p.s. – That was my favorite candy bar when I was young.

I don’t understand the calls for the new CEO to change things at MSNBC or suspend Bashir.

When you are hiring people like Hayes and Baldwin and Bashir and Maddow and Sharpton, and the rest, it’s not an accident. They know what they want, and they go out and get it.

It’s a sham apology, to be sure. Sincere apologies are followed by changes in behavior to avoid recurrences. Bashir can’t and won’t change, and will be spewing more garbage within days.

Who? Does anyone watch this savage?

What an ugly man.

TrooperJohnSmith | November 19, 2013 at 4:03 am

I heard that Todd Palin sent him an airplane ticket and a polar bear hunting tag.

“No hard feelings, Marty. Sarah and I want to take you bear huntin’ with us. By the way Marty, have you ever fired a .22 before? No? Not to worry. We’ll get you in close, too, so you can get a real good shot with that fine old bear gun.”

Reading those quotes from the idiotic slave owner makes me think: The dude was into some serious fetish!! Namely urolagnia and scatophilia.

Considering what a taboo such hobbies were at the time would explain, but not justify, the man’s cruelty. He was angry for not being able to come out of the closet.

Now, coming back to 2013…
It’s interesting that Martin Bashir took the time to dig out exactly those references.
Closetted scat enthusiast??

Should we wish that everyone who uses a strained Nazi analogy should have their skin peeled off them and turned into lamp shades?

You’re repeating a hoary myth if not outright propaganda. Same goes for the Nazis used Jews to make soap, kept shrunken heads, or even Dachau (and the rest of the western camps) were purpose-built death camps with execution gas chambers (as opposed to slave camps, which they were).

On one hand, I want to be part of the mainstream of decent people in opposing the horrors of the Holocaust. And I’m sure there were many horrors.

On the other hand, it doesn’t raise my confidence in laws and customs denouncing Holocaust denial that all of the above that I was taught as a child — and that you, being a bit older than me, were taught too — was wrong. It makes one wonder.

The drop in the death toll at Auschwitz from about or over 4 million as said by the Russians, Poles, and Nuremberg Tribunal to the official revised figure from all causes now being in the neighbourhood of 1.1 million (less, if you go by the figure at the US Holocaust museum) doesn’t raise confidence either.

I find myself in the odd position of questioning at least the details of something I’ve taken as fact and frequently argued passionately for as fact almost my entire life. Perhaps the biggest of these is the somewhat stunning revelation that, contra what I was taught, the only camps that used execution gas chambers are now believed to be those later occupied by the Soviets — precisely where it was hardest to get proper investigators in and documentation out.

What that means, I don’t know exactly, but those are some regrettable errors.

It would be better if we could step away from the myths and exaggerations and focus on the still horrible facts regarding the Holocaust.

Focused more narrowly on target, it’s absurd that Martin Bashir was not disciplined for this.

Bashir’s vile wish for Palin’s mouth and eyes reveal th ugliness of the Left. If they do not amend their rancorous discourse, they will pave the way for the genocide of their political opponents. It is a very dangerous thing that they are doing.

Also glaring in its absence is the failure of the political class to ring down the chimes on Bashir. Somebody should have entered that comment into the Congressional record and called out Bashir on it.

Bashir’s audience, despicably, objected to his “apology”.

Did Obama call Sarah to make sure she was OK?

You have to be pretty blind to Not see how being indebted makes you, binds you, to the lender. This is a principle Our Country knew as a foundational truth not but forty years ago.

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It was a disgusting thing to say and his fake apology won’t help a thing.