Martin Bashir resigned from MSNBC today, after making rude (but, in my opinion, well-deserved) comments about Sarah Palin in one of his ‘Clear The Air’ segments. In that segment he was less than kind to Sarah Palin.
In case you missed it, here’s the video:
Martin Bashir’s comments about Sarah Palin were valid. Comparing our debt and the ACA to slavery was obscene and offensive.
Martin Bashir was reacting to Sarah Palin comparing the deficit and Obamacare to slavery. Many pundits on the Right have falsely portrayed our debt and the ACA to a form of slavery. For people descended from actual slaves, that comparison is obscene. For those empathetic to those affected by the institution of slavery, Palin’s comments were far more offensive than what Bashir said about them.
Martin Bashir vividly described in his segment just a few of the hundreds of cruel and dehumanizing events that were imposed on slaves. Sarah Palin had said that “Our free stuff today is being paid for today by taking money from our children and borrowing from China. When that note comes due … it is going to be like slavery when that note is due.”
Martin Bashir’s response to Palin’s stupid comments was snarky and graphic. He had had enough. “Given her well established reputation as a world class idiot, it’s hardly surprising that she should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history,” he said.
Martin Bashir then cited writings from the diary of Thomas Thistlewood, the son of a tenant farmer. In his diary, Thistlewood detailed the “cruel and brutal” punishment inflicted on his slaves. One such abuse involved forcing one slave to defecate in another slave’s mouth. Another cruelty involved rubbing salt, pepper, and lime juice into a slave’s wounds after flogging him.
Martin Bashir then ends his segment saying, “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 quitting is another right-wing win over a spineless Left.
Here’s the news report from CNN:
His email follows.
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. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast.
Both the Right and the Left displayed a false sense of indignation over Martin Bashir’s comments. The Right continues to lie, make racist, sexist, misogynistic comments on a daily basis. Yet Martin Bashir’s the one whose head went on the block.
Martin Bashir made a rhetorical statement that was absolutely in line with the false equivalences Sarah Palin and the Right keep on expounding. For that he would not be forgiven. Martin Bashir’s resignation is another Right Wing win over a spineless Left.