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Martin Bashir quits at MSNBC over Palin slur

Posted by on Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM
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FILE: Martin Bashir on the second day of Michael Jackson's child molestation trial in Santa Maria.reuters

Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC, nearly three weeks after delivering a scathing personal attack on Sarah Palin that brought him widespread condemnation. 

The afternoon talk show host, a former co-anchor of "Nightline," says he decided to leave the network after meeting with MSNBC President Phil Griffin. 

Bashir had already apologized for what he called "offensive" comments about the former Alaska governor, whom he also called an "idiot" and "dunce." He told viewers in a scripted commentary last month that someone should defecate in Palin's mouth. He was invoking an old slave punishment in response to a speech by Palin, a Fox News contributor, comparing the national debt to slavery. 

Bashir took off two weeks for what was billed as a vacation, and criticism mounted as MSNBC took no disciplinary action against him, even as it booted Alec Baldwin over an alleged anti-gay slur hurled at a photographer. In retrospect, it's clear that by failing to suspend Bashir, MSNBC allowed public pressure to build to the point where the only way to control the damage was to sever its relationship with the British journalist.

In a statement, first reported by Mediaite, Bashir said: 

"After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. 

"Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments. 

"I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers -- who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences." 

In his own statement, Griffin said: "Martin Bashir resigned today, effective immediately. I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with MSNBC. Martin is a good man and respected colleague  -- we wish him only the best."

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by on Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM
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candlegal
by Judy on Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM
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He should have been fired when it happened.

jobseeker
by Bronze Member on Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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He went too far ad pthere was no coming back from that .  wonder where he goes from here?


famiglia_bella
by on Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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That comment was just too far.  I understand passion but you don't have to get nasty.

candlegal
by Judy on Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I wouldn't worry about him too much.   Some leftist organization will give him a big attaboy and pay a couple of hundred thousand a year to hire him just for that.

Quoting jobseeker:

He went too far ad pthere was no coming back from that .  wonder where he goes from here?



free1
by ~FreeSpirit~ on Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

 Bashir had already apologized for what he called "offensive" comments about the former Alaska governor, whom he also called an "idiot" and "dunce." He told viewers in a scripted commentary last month that someone should defecate in Palin's mouth. He was invoking an old slave punishment in response to a speech by Palin, a Fox News contributor, comparing the national debt to slavery.

He told viewers in a scripted commentary last month that someone should defecate in Palin's mouth. WOW!

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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Some people have no internal filter- even if what one is thinking is true, you never actually say it aloud.

Behaviors should have consequences.

candlegal
by Judy on Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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Had he been an actual journalist, he would have known something like that would never be acceptable on the air.

Quoting free1:

 Bashir had already apologized for what he called "offensive" comments about the former Alaska governor, whom he also called an "idiot" and "dunce." He told viewers in a scripted commentary last month that someone should defecate in Palin's mouth. He was invoking an old slave punishment in response to a speech by Palin, a Fox News contributor, comparing the national debt to slavery.

He told viewers in a scripted commentary last month that someone should defecate in Palin's mouth. WOW!


free1
by ~FreeSpirit~ on Dec. 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM
Quoting Sisteract:

Some people have no internal filter- even if what one is thinking is true, you never actually say it aloud.

Behaviors should have consequences.

Agree.

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Dec. 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM
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I'm no Palin fan (other than when she's hilarious and I can't not look) but his comments were waaaaayyyyy horrible, and he needs to take some time to reflect on that.  Fix whatever's broken in himself that made him think that was in any way acceptable.

candlegal
by Judy on Dec. 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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I have a feeling he wasn't given a choice.



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Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation

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