Martin Bashir Resigns from MSNBC

Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary MARTIN-BASHIRthat culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, in a statement to Mediaite Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways.

Here’s the statement to Mediaite, from Martin Bashir, via email:

Via – Mediate

This brings to two the number of on-air talent MSNBC has shed in the past several days. Late last week, the cable news network issued a joint announcement with Alec Baldwin’s camp, saying they had mutually decided to end Baldwin’s Up Late interview show.

Bashir, who joined the network in 2011,  had used his weekday afternoon program on November 15 to criticize Palin for having compared U.S. indebtedness to China to slavery. Bashir cited the diaries of a former plantation overseer who punished slaves by having someone defecate in their mouth or urinate on their face. Bashir suggested the former Alaska governor was a candidate for the same treatment. After Bashir made that suggestion — on the same day MSNBC suspended Baldwin’s show in the wake of his off-screen behavior — much debate ensued as to why Baldwin’s reprehensible rant against a photographer during a heated off-air confrontation merited suspension, while Bashir’s thought-out, and deliberately gag-inducing, suggestion, made on air, did not. Bashir apologized during his next telecast, on November 18.

Via – Deadline

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  1. Whether or not he was fired by MSNBC, or truly resigned is immaterial right now to the point I’d like to make: MSNBC is wholly out of control! They are the perfect example of what is so horribly wrong with the mainstream media outlets…especially those on cable. What is horrible about this allowed behavior, as it proves the Nazi mentality is true: The bigger and more often you tell a lie, the more the stupid public will buy it. You’ll note I said the stupid public…not every individual member of the public. You see, smart people know to research the facts, before opening their mouths to help spread vicious lies and distortions.

    With the possible exception of Rachel Maddow, the MSNBC line up of journalists, commentators and pundits, are among the most ideologically-centric of any network. I only spare Rachel partially, but in all fairness, I’ve seen her take down the President’s lies and crap on more than one occasion, which tells me, that while deeply in ideological-sync with the Prez on most left issues–she also has her own limits on what is an attack on our system of governance and is therefore still a loyal American. The rest of her colleagues I’m not so sure of.

    Mr Bashir is not an American by birth, nor is he particularly highly thought of here in the states, for his style of smear journalism…no wonder he fits in so well at MSNBC. Many still remember the crap he’s tried to peddle as journalism…he’s a classic smear merchant, who is undeserving of any audience…he will not be missed, nor did he contribute anything of value to the discourse in this country, except one…he personified that old American adage of: “Don’t let the door kick you in the ass on the way out!”

    I for one, have had about enough of all of these attacks on Ms. Palin as it is. These lefty loons are so hype-scared of her power and potential, that they lowered the bar to all-time lows in smearing her reputation. But what was her reputation in Alaska, you ask?

    As Governor (and by the State’s own constitution), she was C.E.O. of America’s largest state. Now while I recognize the left’s big ‘so-what’ argument on that point, since the state isn’t populous, that really shouldn’t matter when you look at what kind of job she did in running the state in those years leading up to the 2008 election…a state with a 14 billion dollar budget, I might add. So how did she do? Well let’s see:

    Number one; she brought ethics reform to the corrupt state, for the first time in decades…breaking the hold of big energy and big REPUBLICAN government in Juneau. Yes, she broke the REPUBLICAN stronghold and corruption hold on the state’s government, and not by faulting the Democrats, as Obama has done repeatedly to the Republicans.

    She worked hand in hand across the isle and several career politicians were forced from office with many going to PRISON! She busted the state’s overreaching and often corrupt bureaucracy!

    Add to this her complete reforms on Alaska’s Energy Revenues Participation, along with forcing EXXON MOBIL to finally drill on their leased lands at Pt. Thompson, by pulling their leases for no activity in over thirty years! When they sued–she said bring it on. Under the threat of losing those leases in court, as the firm lost decision after decision, they finally performed on Palin’s demands and capitulated.

    Reforms like these, but especially her ACES reform, which changed the way the oil companies were taxed in the state, made it possible for every Alaskan to financially benefit from the State’s enormous resources to their full potential for the first time ever! Does your state send you a check for thousands of dollars at every tax filing?

    Her innovative approach to problem solving, working bipartisanly across the isle brought Alaska’s new natural gas pipeline to fruition as well…the largest private enterprise project of it’s kind in the world! Other reforms were just as impressive. In the new AGIA program among many other accomplishments, she opened up the bidding for the pipeline, which was unheard of in Alaska at that time, while saving the state millions in lost revenues.

    SARAH PALIN ACCOMPLISHED ALL OF THE ABOVE…IN TWO SHORT YEARS IN OFFICE! So please Mr. Bashir, save your attacks and criticism for some other politician who truly deserves them. Might I suggest, you turn your attentions to one Barack Insane Obama, instead. A man who has accomplished nothing in his life, that wasn’t produced by either smoke or mirrors OR BROKEN PROMISES AND LIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!

    One final thing. Before another one of you stupid, misinformed, low-information lefty-loons makes one more disparaging remark about this incredible American Hero-yes I said Hero! Remember this:

    Governor Sarah Palin’s state approval as Governor while in office prior to the 2008 elections, NEVER DROPPED BELOW 80%! AND WAS AT TIMES, AS HIGH AS 88%! I’d like the left to point out to me, one of their Democratic Governors that can make the same claim. I rest my case.