THE LATEST MSNBC male host to disgrace himself, the network and the brand that is NBC, is Martin Bashir. There really aren’t words to express how vile, ignorant and appallingly despicable his comments were about Sarah Palin. I’m late to this, because I have been very busy with a project lately. It’s a new low for MSNBC.
Hosts don’t just say things like what Martin Bashir said on the air without approval from a producer. MSNBC obviously has a producer problem, an issue of professionalism and ethics that goes well beyond its hosts.
After Sarah Palin made absurd comments equating slavery to the U.S. debt, Martin Bashir said this (video at the link):
“What is most shocking about Thistlewood’s diary is not simply the fact that he assumes the right to own and possess other human beings, but is the sheer cruelty and brutality of his regime,” Bashir added. “In 1756, he records that a slave named Darby ‘catched eating kanes had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.’”
“This became known as ‘Darby’s Dose,’ a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of inhumanity. And he mentions a similar incident in 1756, his time in relation to a man he refers to as Punch. ‘Flogged punch well, and then washed and rubbed salt pickle, lime juice and bird pepper, made Negro Joe piss in his eyes and mouth,’” Bashir recited.
“I could go on, but you get the point,” Bashir said, concluding “When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate.”
Martin Bashir commits the classic mistake of being so offensive that the original comparison by Sarah Palin has been forgotten, letting her off the hook, while Bashir takes Palin’s place. He has since apologized, though you really have to wonder what’s going on at MSNBC that something like what Bashir said could be approved by anyone producing the show.
“My words were wholly unacceptable. They were neither accurate nor fair. They were unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics, and they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network.” – Martin Bashir
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