MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Resigns After Sarah Palin Comments
Martin Bashir has officially resigned from MSNBC after his controversial comments about Sarah Palin. There were rumors that he was fired from the network after his 10-day “vacation” from the show, but it’s been confirmed that Bashir resigned on Wednesday afternoon after meeting with the network’s president, Phil Griffin. He had made vile remarks in reference to Sarah Palin three weeks ago, but MSNBC declined to suspend Bashir afterwards and even tweeted links to the controversial segment.
Last month, Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in Palin’s mouth after she made an analogy comparing the implications of American debt to slavery. Bashir quoted directly from the diary of a man named Thistlewood, which included his experience of seeing slaves flogged with “eating kanes” and having a slave defecate in another slave’s mouth. He then shocked listeners by stating that “when Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her ignorance. She confirms if anyone is truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate.”
Conservatives took to Twitter and expressed outrage both at Bashir and MSNBC. “You should be totally ashamed to even publicize such an obscene segment on your own network,” wrote Susan Reaney. “And you wonder why your ratings dropped? Twitter user KLSouth tweeted to MSNBC: “Your network, and the pond-scum that works for it, such as Martin Bashir, are good reasons why no one watches MNSBC.” Other Twitter user called on sponsors and advertisers to boycott Bashir’s program.
However, this isn’t the first time that Bashir has gotten into trouble for his off-color statements. In 2008, ABC quietly suspended him after he addressed an Asian American Journalists Association convention in Chicago by stating that, “I’m happy to be in the midst of so many Asian babes. I’m happy that the podium covers me from the waist down.” He later wrote an apology to the Asian-American group, saying: “Upon reflection, it was a tasteless remark that I now bitterly regret. I … hope that the continuing work of the organization will not be harmed or undermined by my moment of stupidity.”
MSNBC also dropped Alec Baldwin last month after he chased after a photographer and called him a “c*cks*cking f*g.”