MSNBC host Martin Bashir forced to apologize after rant about 'defecating on Sarah Palin'
MSNBC host Martin Bashir has apologized today after he called Sarah Palin the country's 'resident dunce' and appeared to suggest that someone should defecate in her mouth.
Bashir laid into the former Alaska governor last Friday after she controversially likened the U.S. borrowing from China to the slavery of African-Americans.
Palin caused uproar after she told an Iowa crowd last week: 'Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China. When that money comes due – and this isn’t racist, but it’ll be like slavery when that note is due. We are going to beholden to the foreign master.'
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Martin Bashir offered a lengthy apology to Sarah Palin on Monday following a rant where he suggested she deserved to be defecated upon
Although Palin's inflammatory remarks were roundly criticized, Bashir's takedown was viewed as entirely unacceptable.
On his talk show, Bashir suggested that Palin deserved the same treatment as described in the diary of a British overseer Thomas Thistlewood in 1756 - who on catching a slave stealing at a Jamaican plantation, ordered another man to defecate in his mouth.
Bashir also described in detail another horrendous punishment described in the slave master's diary - where a man was ordered to urinate in another's eyes and mouth.
Bashir told viewers: 'I could go on, but you get the point... 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.'
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's Friends of the Family Banquet in Des Moines where she likened American borrowing from China to 'slavery'
At the beginning of his show on Monday, Bashir offered an 'unreserved' apology to Mrs Palin, her family and viewers for his remarks during Friday's broadcast.
He said: 'I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin, and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said. 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, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said.'
The remarks - and Bashir's contrite apology - has divided media commentators and viewers.
Twitter user @Lewispontifex posted today: 'Yes, @MartinBashir is a disgusting human being. America loves @SarahPalinUSA because she is a hero & a patriot!'
Former member of the UK parliament and author Louise Mensch tweeted: 'My God. The misogyny of Martin #Bashir against Sarah Palin. How unutterably disgusting. #MSNBC should fire him. #feminism'
However there were supporters for Bashir. @WayneASchneider wrote: 'Dear @MSNBC Why did you punish @MartinBashir for saying what needed to be said? @SarahPalinUSA gets way more respect than she's ever earned.'
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