Palin PAC to MSNBC: When Will Bashir Be Disciplined?
Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 19, 2013
MSNBC host Martin Bashir absolutely shocked viewers when last week he made extremely vulgar comments that were directed at Gov. Sarah Palin. Earlier this week Bashir apologized but one has to wonder if his comments simply went beyond the point of no return. In Gov. Palin’s newest book “Good Tidings and Great Joy, Protecting the Heart of Christmas”, she relates a story from her family’s past and ends the story with “words matter”. Apparently this is a lesson that Mr. Bashir has never learned.
From Stephen K. Bannon and Tony Lee of Breitbart:
Breitbart News has exclusively obtained a letter that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC, wrote to the presidents of NBC News and MSNBC on Tuesday asking whether MSNBC will discipline anchor Martin Bashir for his “appalling” statement on his show last Friday in which he suggested someone should defecate and/or urinate in Palin’s mouth.
Bashir apologized on his show on Monday for his remarks, saying they were “offensive” and “wholly inappropriate.” But no disciplinary action has been taken against him.
The letter, addressed to NBC News president Deborah Turness and MSNBC president Phil Griffin and signed by SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford, asks whether MSNBC disciplines its anchors based on the”target of the remarks rather than the remarks themselves.”
After applauding the network’s decision to suspend Alec Baldwin over his anti-gay slur, Crawford’s letter asks: “We would now like to know what disciplinary measures you are taking about Martin Bashir’s appalling statement on his MSNBC show last Friday that someone should defecate and/or urinate in Governor Palin’s mouth because she used the word ‘slavery’ to describe the burden the federal debt will have on future generations of Americans.”
It also mentions that MSNBC has set a precedent of firing and discipling other anchors for “offensive language.”
“You fired Don Imus for offensive language in describing the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball team, you suspended Alec Baldwin, and yet nothing has happened to Mr. Bashir,” the letter reads. “Are we to assume then, that disciplinary procedures at your network take place based on the target of the remarks rather than the remarks themselves?”
Last week, MNSBC suspended Alec Baldwin’s show, Up With Alec Baldwin, for two weeks after Baldwin was caught on camera using anti-gay slurs at a photographer on the streets of New York. More