Confirmed: Martin Bashir too nasty even for MSNBC

posted at 3:34 pm on December 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

They’re calling it a resignation to let him save face but Politico heard through the grapevine yesterday that he’d been suspended for what he said about Palin. Essentially he gambled that, on the left’s cable news network of choice, you simply can’t go too far in insulting the right generally and Sarah Palin in particular. Turns out he was wrong — fantasizing on-air about sh*tting in people’s mouths is the red line, it seems. But be fair: Based on MSNBC’s track record, the odds were with him, no?

In a barrel full of rotten apples, he really was the worst.

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.’

This is a guy who took Mormon-themed digs at Mitt Romney; brought on a shrink to analyze the allegedly violent, possibly psychotic tendencies of tea partiers; accused Republicans of treating the word “IRS” as a racist dog-whistle against Obama; and wondered if Rick Santorum wasn’t some sort of theocratic second coming of Stalin. When Steve Jobs died two years ago, he turned his on-air eulogy into an excuse to — ta da — bash Sarah Palin again. All of this is par for the course on MSNBC so imagine Bashir’s surprise, after all of that, upon finding out that introducing a little actual rhetorical scat into the figurative scat-flinging at righties was an unpardonable sin worthy of suspension. I’ll bet he’s mystified even now.

Despite the years of nastiness, though, I’ll repeat what I wrote about him the other day: I’m not convinced that he’s a true-believin’ leftist ideologue the way the rest of the line-up is. The stupidity and desperation of attacks like “‘IRS’ = racist” always gave me the feeling that he was grasping for something to say in a way the others typically don’t have to. Ed Schultz could do an hour cold on the glory of unions, Chris Hayes could blather on without a teleprompter ad nauseam about income inequality, and Chris Matthews could riff for the better part of an evening about what sort of colognes he thinks Obama likes to wear. I never got that impression with Bashir, though. He was there to smear the right and reassure the audience of its moral superiority, with a little horse-race coverage mixed in. If he occasionally went too far, it was only because he was trying too hard do the job they hired him to do.

Oh well. People are tweeting that Bashir’s loss will probably be Michael Eric Dyson’s gain. That would make sense — he specializes in smearing the right too, most frequently on Bashir’s own show — but don’t count out young Ronan Farrow. They’ve been looking for a spot for him and, let’s face it, he’d fit right in. Exit question from former MSNBCer David Shuster:


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Oh sh*t!

See what I did there?

Good Lt on December 4, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Who?

kcewa on December 4, 2013 at 3:35 PM

He filled a much needed void on TV.

Akzed on December 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Michael Eric Dyson? libfreeordies nonsensical rants on primetime!

gwelf on December 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM

I don’t care why he’s gone. I’m just going to enjoy the fact that he’s gone.

Jazz on December 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Racists

forest on December 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Oh well. People are tweeting that Bashir’s loss will probably be Michael Eric Dyson’s gain.

But if that happens, race-hustler-inclined Democrats will have to decide whether Dyson or Sharpton gives them that outrage crack they’ve been jonesin’ for all day.

KingGold on December 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Am I seeing things, or did one of the worst liberal stations just can one of the worst liberal mouthpieces because he spewed crap (eek!) about Caribou Barbie?!

Daddy? Are flying monkeys real?

thejackal on December 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

When the top finally pops on this country – when the sleeping giant does truly awaken – all of those scumbags like Bashir, may be in real danger. They are diametrically opposed to what true American values would be. Geez, I HOPE that happens!

HomeoftheBrave on December 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

If I hadn’t seen it here I never woulda known.

Akzed on December 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

at this special network, 

Truth in advertising, the short bus of the LSM.

AH_C on December 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Why does Phil Griffin still have a job?

NotCoach on December 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Pffft…this guy is a saint compared to the things Olbermann said.

VinceOfDoom on December 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

The Palin Pinata bares no Candy for Martin Bashir.

portlandon on December 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Imagine if two conservative Fox News contributors had been fired within a week or two who had used homophobic slurs and engaged in violent imagery of a woman political opponent?

Yes – the entire conservative movement would be in question. We’d have every other newscast wondering what had happened to conservatives and conservatism. It would be time for some deep soul searching.

But lefties do it and there is absolutely no room for generalization or broader themes.

gwelf on December 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

If I hadn’t seen it here I never woulda known.

Akzed on December 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

It’s on the sidebar at Ace, and Breitbart did a post on it. Mediate broke the story, I think.

NotCoach on December 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

What a pity…/

PatriotRider on December 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Daddy? Are flying monkeys real?
thejackal on December 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Hell yeah, I saw them in a movie.

Akzed on December 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

There’s like hundreds of them.

Akzed on December 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Fired MSNBC hosts should get together and pitch a round table program kinda like “The 5″ except with more hate and rage. Call it “The Group W Bench”.

forest on December 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

OCCUPY MSNBC

El_Terrible on December 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM

It’s on the sidebar at Ace, and Breitbart did a post on it. Mediate broke the story, I think. NotCoach on December 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Ok but, what I mean is, I couldn’t tell you what channel, time, day-of-the-week etc this clown’s show was on.

For the longest time I thought it was a comedy skit unique to HA featuring AP.

Akzed on December 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM

FORWARD

UNEMPLOYED

portlandon on December 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM

It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network

This crap writes itself, who knew?

D-fusit on December 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Fired MSNBC hosts should get together and pitch a round table program kinda like “The 5″ except with more hate and rage. Call it “The Group W Bench”.

forest on December 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Already have that show. The View.

22044 on December 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Did they wait until the ink was dry on his new contract with Al Jazerra America to fire him?

meci on December 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM

FINAL SCORE:

Pitbull Hockey Mom: 1

Leftist Media Slimeball: 0

The totals on the board are correct.

Elvis has left the building.

Bruno Strozek on December 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Let ‘em spew their bile as far as I’m concerned. This is the way a lot of them talk amongst themselves. His mistake was saying it loudly enough to embarrass the outfit he works for.

Drained Brain on December 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Charles C. W. Cooke ✔ @charlescwcooke

If MSNBC really wants to mix things up, they’ll hire me as a replacement.

Now thats an idea I could agree with.

D-fusit on December 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Maybe libby & the other libbies will quit watching MSDNC – “they fired Bashir for insulting the worst person in the world!!!”

22044 on December 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

**************** BatSh*t Loony-Toon Bashir ******************************!!

canopfor on December 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Love seeing the marxists being forced to live by their own rules, but let’s face it, no one was watching this dreadful little man’s show so this was just an opportunity for MS-DNC to cut some expensive dead weight. A bridge too far? Surely you jest. Wait until someone on the R side is trying to interfere with Killery’s coronation. There will be no bridges too far to stop that.

Rational Thought on December 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

John McCain has just started a letter writing campaign to get Martin Bashir rehired at MSNBC.

portlandon on December 4, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Did they wait until the ink was dry on his new contract with Al Jazerra America to fire him?

meci on December 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM

I was wondering where he might go next. I’m surprised al Qaeda News Network didn’t pop into my head.

NotCoach on December 4, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Twitchy has a thread on <blockquote>#BashirReplacementIdeas, talk about funny.

D-fusit on December 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

This means MSNBC is racist right?

Flange on December 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

“Fifty Shades of Alan Grayson” #BashirReplacementIdeas #PayBump

lmao

bazil9 on December 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

EXCELLENT…..One ProgressiveTard Down,..many..many..many more to go!!

canopfor on December 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

- the weirdly misplaced blockquote thingy, is HA acting goofy on anyone else today?

D-fusit on December 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Hopefully Piers Morgan is soon to be on Deck, for OUSTING!!

canopfor on December 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

No one will miss this nasty piece of work. Except the entirety of the left.

Aodhan on December 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM

HBO will pick him up

Daemonocracy on December 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Comcast and NBC owes America an apology..!

d1carter on December 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Too Bashir , one cup.

the_nile on December 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

“Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation.”

I’ve been in meetings like that (well, only one). After the very few pleasantries, they amount to, “Are you going to resign, or do I have to fire you?” At which point, you freely choose to resign.

shoutingboy on December 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Would they have canned him but for the fact they canned Alex Baldwin a week ago for a much milder statement that wasn’t made on air? The hypocrisy was pretty glaring.

tommyboy on December 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Good riddance.

John the Libertarian on December 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

And what about the people who helped him bring it to air..?

d1carter on December 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Good.

BabyGrace on December 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Press Release
Dec 4 2013

From SarahCudian Revolutionary VoterGuards and ReBellion Mama Grizzly
SharpClaws AirForce.

We are thrilled and pleased!

Now,Bashir……… go Boink yourself.

###
(snark)

canopfor on December 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Can he be deported now..?

d1carter on December 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Martin Bashir to interview ISLAMIC RAGE BOY!!!@ at 7PM Eastern, January 2nd, 2014, on Al Jazeera.

Jeddite on December 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

i know that the left is riding high these days…but still, this punk is 25 years old and is connected which buys you a job as an official in the barry administration

Ronan Farrow — the son of Mia Farrow who previously worked as an Obama administration foreign policy official — will host a weekday program on MSNBC beginning early next year. The announcement came Wednesday from MSNBC president Phil Griffin.

the entire thing is a potemkin village, filled with idiots and hatreds

r keller on December 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Precursor to 2014?

fbcmusicman on December 4, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Musical Theme:

Steam – na na hey hey kiss him goodbye
**************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaG2Acg8n60

canopfor on December 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Fired MSNBC hosts should get together and pitch a round table program kinda like “The 5″ except with more hate and rage. Call it “The Group W Bench”.

forest on December 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Nice ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ reference.

meci on December 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

He’ll end up at ESPN with Obama and Olbermann.

HellCat on December 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

What’s for lunch Bashir?

MontanaMmmm on December 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Would they have canned him but for the fact they canned Alex Baldwin a week ago for a much milder statement that wasn’t made on air? The hypocrisy was pretty glaring.

tommyboy on December 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

One could almost conclude that they don’t know what they’re doing.

Flange on December 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

What about Lawrence O’Donnell?

claudius on December 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

we want the head of phil griffin.

renalin on December 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM

I don’t watch MSLSD and don’t care who goes and who stays.

Their target audience is mentally diseased. There’s no reaching them, anyway.

MisterElephant on December 4, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Daddy? Are flying monkeys real?

thejackal on December 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Only the poo flinging ones.

Dr. Frank Enstine on December 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

As if Shuster gives a flying flip.

Cindy Munford on December 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

We go back in Political time, to the Rhetric OverLoad Democrat Demonizations of Liberal Hate talky:

Pelosi Chokes Up Amid Fears of Political Violence
*************************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tmQwVm9Vqc

canopfor on December 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

What a bunch of babies. Bashir didn’t say a word that his audience disagreed with.

happytobehere on December 4, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Well, bye!

BigGator5 on December 4, 2013 at 4:08 PM

This pleases me. Few things do nowadays, but this does. The idea that these lefty roaches feel comfortable enough to insult a woman to this absurd and repugnant a degree without the risk of losing a fair amount of teeth says loads about our society, and little of it good.

AMF, Mr. Bashir. AMF.

CaptFlood on December 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM

without the risk of losing a fair amount of teeth

CaptFlood on December 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I feel for Todd Palin. He must be aching for a beat down.

John the Libertarian on December 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

The Palin Pinata bares no Candy for Martin Bashir.

portlandon on December 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM


LOL….. wut?

ExpressoBold on December 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Please allow me this, Mr. Bashir, a kindly gesture of farewell:

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Pest on December 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

My preferred headline:

RACIST NETWORK FIRES BROWN-SKINNED MAN FOR DARING TO HAVE SEXUAL FANTASIES ABOUT WHITE WOMAN.

Zombie on December 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I feel for Todd Palin. He must be aching for a beat down.

John the Libertarian on December 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

My thoughts exactly. It must take a herculean effort for the poor guy not to book a flight. ‘Course, if he jumped on a plane every time some lefty wanker popped off about his wife, he’d have more frequent flyer miles than Obama.

CaptFlood on December 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

The unfortunate reality is that Bashir wasn’t forced out for what he said. They left his show on, sent him on vacation, and hoped it would blow over. When it didn’t, they nudged him out the door, into the warm arms of the liberal s*it pile (to borrow a term) that will make sure he’s well cared for.

He didn’t leave because they didn’t want to keep him. He left because they couldn’t afford to admit they wanted to keep him.

The beast lives on.

IndieDogg on December 4, 2013 at 4:22 PM

From the comments at FoxNews.com

His slur was an embarrassment to the left. But reading the comments here it seems if he had been a con and made similar statements about Obama he would be a hero to you right wingers. We on the left are better than that.

:shock:

Uh … huh? The recent record shows, the Right polices its own. Inside and outside the Repub party. And besides, such vicious personal attacks are much more the style of the Left.

Paul-Cincy on December 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

This pleases me. Few things do nowadays, but this does. The idea that these lefty roaches feel comfortable enough to insult a woman to this absurd and repugnant a degree without the risk of losing a fair amount of teeth says loads about our society, and little of it good.

AMF, Mr. Bashir. AMF.

CaptFlood on December 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Yup, out alinksy the alinky-ites.

the_nile on December 4, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Oh, yes, yes, yes. He’s flummoxed. After all, all he said was to sh*t in someone’s mouth. I believe the apology went on to say, “It’s not like I said, I’d gouge her eyes out, stab her to death and rape her corpse! Now, that would be bad. Althought she would deserve it.”

flicker on December 4, 2013 at 4:27 PM

And what about the people who helped him bring it to air..?

d1carter on December 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Good point. This comment was not off-the-cuff, it was likely researched and put on the teleprompter by staff. Does the program director read the script before a program?

slickwillie2001 on December 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Didn’t care 1 week ago – don’t care today

jake-the-goose on December 4, 2013 at 4:29 PM

So Touré is the head brainiac there now, huh?

Borgcube on December 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out

jaywemm on December 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Shame. Plain should have just shook her head and used it as “typical” of the Left. Instead she played the victim and let msnbc pretend the Left has some sort of core.

We always throw our opportunities away.

mankai on December 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

The really disgusting thing is that if Bashir got good ratings he would still have a job.

myiq2xu on December 4, 2013 at 4:38 PM

It couldn’t happen to a “nicer guy.” Bashir is as small and ugly on the inside as the outside. Who would have ever thought that possible?

bw222 on December 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

accused Republicans of treating the word “IRS” as a racist dog-whistle against Obama

I had missed that one somehow, but you also missed my favorite one, from his coverage of the 2012 RNC convention, which can be summarized as:

Republican talk about Obama golfing all the time because he’s black (and Tiger Woods is black as well) which is to link him in voters’ minds to the stereotypical sexually-active black man out to sleep with as many white women as possible. And Mitch McConnell repeats it! But only because the speechwriters tell him to. (The speechwriters are the actual ones running the show, you know.) Poor Mitch McConnell!

Glenn Jericho on December 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

mankai on December 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

OK, OK, I get it: she’s guilty again. * facepalm *

Btw, can you find a quote where she played the victim about this and post it here?

I’m asking because “just shaking her head and use it as “typical” of the Left” is exactly what she did with Chris Wallace.

BabyGrace on December 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Shame. Plain should have just shook her head and used it as “typical” of the Left. Instead she played the victim and let msnbc pretend the Left has some sort of core.

We always throw our opportunities away.

mankai on December 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Hey Sparky, that’s exactly what she did!

idesign on December 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Are we sure he wasn’t kicked up to the executive suites and a serious promotion?

rplat on December 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I don’t know how MSNBC or Comcast figures this squares them with the public. A guy who goes on the air and suggests that somebody crap in a woman’s mouth because he doesn’t like her political views doesn’t deserve the option of resigning. He should have been FIRED. And he should’ve been fired that same day.

Murf76 on December 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

…hope he chokes on his own dick!

KOOLAID2 on December 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Meanwhile, the gap-toothed douche who fantasized out loud about a baseball player raping a 14-year old girl is still polluting the CBS airwaves.

Chickyraptor on December 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

…hope he chokes on his own dick!

KOOLAID2 on December 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

KOOLAID:…A “Selfie”!:)

canopfor on December 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Crap, forgots the 2 in KOOLAID2!

canopfor on December 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Wow, these MSNBC folks are dropping like flies..

maybe someone will come out with playing cards of them..

..people can collect them and trade them….

..and sh*t on them…..

ToddPA on December 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

They’re calling it a resignation to let him save face but Politico heard through the grapevine yesterday that he’d been suspended for what he said about Palin.

Well, if they are leaking the fact that it was a suspension followed by a firing, then they must really have taken some heat. Clearly though, not from the FCC who should have been on the network like white on rice for Bashir’s comments.

Happy Nomad on December 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Advertisers started getting very nervous about the amount of negative mail they were getting.

Another Drew on December 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM

The WORST club EVER= Keith Olbermann + Alec Baldwin + Martin Bashir !!!!!
The ONLY group of things on Earth worse is the people KEPT on msnbc !

TeaPartyNation on December 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

He should have been FIRED. And he should’ve been fired that same day.

By his own producer, on air, immediately after that went on-air.
But, that’s presupposing that anyone in that organization has any sense of morals and/or ethics.
It took three-weeks to show him the door because it must have finally got to the point that the suits couldn’t risk all their sponsors walking.

Another Drew on December 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Go too far against Palin and you lose….

Charlie Gibson
Katie Couric
Tina Fey
Martin Bashir

None have been successful since going after Palin.

KMav on December 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

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