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On Martin Bashir’s Apology

By now, everyone is familiar with Martin Bashir’s rant against Governor Palin on his MSNBC show this past Friday.  This was the most vile thing a TV host has ever said about her, and it did not go unnoticed.  Stacy chronicled Mark Levin’s response to it, and many others expressed their outrage over his editorial.   Bashir took to the airwaves today to issue an apology for his comments.  I believe we should be magnanimous in acknowledging Bashir’s apology was right in tone and words.  He didn’t throw out the classic "I apologize if I offended anyone" non-apology apology that so many public figures spew after they put their foot in their mouth.  He did what one has to do when one apologizes- he came across as sincere, he said the right things, and he stated he hopes to learn from his mistakes.  While he should get credit for that, we should not give him too much credit, since that is what one should expect from someone who is giving an apology.

This raises the other question of what next.  Now that Bashir has apologized, should that be the end of it?  We certainly don’t want to make a federal case of this and drag this on for too long, especially on this site.  If we were to pay attention and respond to every unfair criticism or smear of Governor Palin, all of the editors and contributors in this site would have to quit their days jobs to devote full time to that endeavor.  None of us has the time, energy, desire, or financial resources to do that, so that activity is out of the question.  And, when others have slighted Governor Palin in the past and later apologized, that has usually been enough.  However, in a civil society actions have consequences.  Sometimes, a sincere apology, while a good first step, is not enough.  Bashir’s commentary on Friday is one of those cases.

Let’s take a look at one of Bashir’s assertions in which he states one of his goals is to "elevate political discourse."  That is a worthwhile goal, but unfortunately Bashir has never practiced it.  In a network filled from top to bottom with dishonest, bomb-throwing smear merchants, Bashir is one of the worst offenders.  At, Howard Kurtz, who no reasonable person would ever identify as a conservative, pointed out this very fact.  Here is a little of what he had to say:

I’ve long been amazed by Bashir’s brand of name-calling. He despises Republicans, we get it. But the highly personal nature of his assaults, while delivered in an erudite British accent, stands out even by the loose standards of cable news.

This guy was a co-anchor of “Nightline” when he was at ABC, but was apparently seething with liberal resentment that we now see displayed daily on his weekday show. MSNBC once suspended Ed Schultz for calling Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut”; why on earth does it tolerate Bashir’s brand of bile?

Bashir once said that the NRA “deserves to be equated with Hitler,” so he’s practiced at incendiary comparisons.

If Bashir really did have a reputation of someone who was trying to elevate the political discourse, there would be a small chance some would be willing to give him a mulligan on this one.  While Friday’s commentary went over the top even by his standards, he has a pattern of using incendiary language against those who differ politically from him.

We also have acknowledge a very simply fact about Bashir’s editorial- on Friday afternoon, a man went on national TV and called for the physical assault of a woman.  It is undeniable that there a rare instances when two guys will get in a heated verbal confrontation and use fighting words.  Oftentimes, they don’t mean what they say literally, cooler heads prevail, and they both move on.  We simply chalk it up to something that was said in the heat of battle.  However, in a civil society it is never acceptable for a man to use that kind of language towards a woman.  A normal, decent man would never even think of wishing violence on a woman, let alone express it verbally.  Bashir did.

In Bashir’s case, he doesn’t even have the heat of battle excuse, although that excuse doesn’t apply here, since his vitriol was directed at a woman.  Governor Palin made her comments on future generations being enslaved to debt in Iowa on Saturday, November 9th.    Three days later, Jake Tapper of CNN asked her about those comments, and she responded.  Governor Palin’s Iowa speech, especially the comments in question, were talked about for days across many different media outlets.  This past Friday, a full six days after her analogy, Bashir gave his commentary.  Since he makes a living as a political commentator, we can reasonably assume that he was not hearing  about Governor Palin’s comments for the first time five minutes before he went on his rant.  So, Bashir had days to think about what he was going to say, wrote his commentary, edited it, had it fed into the TelePrompTer, and read it live on the air.  He could have expressed his disagreement with Governor Palin in a thousand different ways, but he chose to call for her physical assault.

Obviously, it goes without saying that if a conservative commentator such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Mark Levin called for violence against a left-wing female politician such as Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton, they would be fired and probably never work in media again.  But besides that clear double standard, the one remaining question I have is what kind of darkness has to reside in a man that he would even think that about a woman?  I fully understand that the political arena can get very emotional at times.  We are engaged in a fight for the future of our county, and in which direction it will head.  People have passionate views on both sides of the aisle.  Many of us here live that passion every day.  And we all know the other side can be infuriating with how unreasonable they can be.  Nobody embodies that more than Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the House Minorty Leader and DNC Chair, respectively.  We are all aware of their extreme left wing politics, which run contrary to everything this county stands for.  But, they are also poison to the political discourse.  They both engage in vile personal attacks against their opponents, and Wasserman-Schultz is a pathological liar.  I have repeatedly said this about them and will continue to do so, because I believe it to be the truth.  But, it is just a given that calling for any kind of violence against them or wishing it on them would be completely unacceptable.  In fact, if it weren’t for Bashir’s comments on Friday, it would not even have to be mentioned.  Can anyone think of one conservative man on TV, radio, or print who would wish or call for violence against a left-wing woman?  I can’t.  Yet, when Martin Bashir had days to deliver his commentary in response to something Governor Palin said, it’s the first thing that came to his mind.

I’m glad Martin Bashir issued his apology today.  It seemed sincere, and it’s a good first step towards his healing.  But it’s not enough.  I’m not one to call for boycotts, and, well, the American people have pretty much already done that to both MSNBC and Bashir’s show.  Thankfully, I don’t work for MSNBC, so really have no say in his future.  However, I am of the view that before Martin Bashir is ever given the privilege of having a larger than average sized microphone to articulate his views, he should be required  to figure out what demons reside inside of him that would cause him to even have those thoughts in the first place, let alone say them out loud to a national TV audience.







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  • lanahi

    Totally agree, Brian. This went beyond the usual language and was far over the line. This is where we have to draw lines too…on the increasing calls for physical assault against her. These have to be stopped.

    I do think he sounded sincere and hope he was. We shall see if there is any change in his behavior in the future.

    Agree too that to even think of his imagery in the first place shows him to be a disgusting individual, a mind really not at all right. Maybe he can change.

    • Budvarakbar

      It was not off the cuff remarks nor a "caught on an open mic" moment — it was part of his premediatated remarks — he has no business in this country –

    • sarahhasmyvote

      If "there is any change in his behavior in the future" it should be in his workplace destination.

  • Lurker

    He was feeling the backlash about to come and his job in jeopardy

  • Founders1791

    Martin Bashir’s towering mistakes on Sarah Palin – Washington Post
    "….It was idiotic [ Palin’s reference ] on its face…", Eric Wemple
    "…The former Alaska governor made a patently dumb remark…" - Eric Wemple
    "….Bashir had exposed just how ridiculous was Palin’s parallel…" - Eric Wemple
    Once again the Washedup Post proves to be of disgusting character no better than Martin Bashir with more wholly uncalled for malignant rhetoric and verbal battery of Palin. The left truly posses textbook personality disorders

    "Time To Abolish Debt Slavery" – by Nicholas von Hoffman

    Nick Hoffman was a Journalist who worked as a community organizer for Saul Alinsky for 10 years, Journalist for Chicago Daily News, and for 60 Minutes. Obama is one of his disciples!

    He was fired by Don Hewitt for calling then President Richard Nixon a dead mouse on America’s kitchen floor.

  • PhilipJames

    Its very simple. Bashir meant it when he said it because I am sure he did a bunch of research to get those quotes and passages before he said it. Therefore any apology is BULL CRAP and I do not accept it and reject it and he should be fired and assigned to the garbage can of muslim woman haters. He would be best suited in Iran or any of the women hating muslim countries where he would fit right in.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    OK. Forgive him. Now – fire his sorry arse so he can repent in the isolation he has so richly earned.

    • MaMcGriz

      MSNBC should have its license revoked.

  • section9

    Here’s the deal: while Martin Bashir made the remarks he did deliberately and with malice aforethought, nobody in the Progressive community thought that his remarks were beyond the pale. Indeed, Progressive activists cheered him on.
    This White House said nothing in regards to his remarks. Just as they said nothing after the violent language used against Palin after the Tucson affair, until the President felt he could step in and take advantage of it in a speech.
    Progressives, as a general rule, approve of this kind of rhetoric when used against their political opponents. This is the Elephant in the Room of discourse that the GOP has yet to reason itself into.
    The only reason why Bashir apologized, in all probability, is because the network heard from their sponsors. MSNBC is getting its ass kicked to hell and gone by FOX News Channel, and Martin Bashir’s program is among the weakest performers. A variety show emceed by Hitler could beat this guy into the ground. It’s that bad.
    That said, after Bashir apologized, the Progressive activist thread on twitter was filled with outrage that MSNBC forced Bashir to apologize. They approve of this stuff! Never, ever forget this.
    Fascist Movements traffic in the demonization and, more importantly, the degradation and dehumanization of their political opponents. That’s what Progressivism has become.

  • Aitch748

    How can you forgive someone if you have no faith that he won’t repeat the offense? This guy Bashir has a long history of making inflammatory remarks, and while maybe he’ll back off Palin for a few weeks, I fully expect that he’ll say something monstrous about somebody else in the not too distant future.

    • ervinsims

      For a Christian one has to obligation to forgive. However, that does not mean that one should not stay on guard for other attacks.

  • ervinsims

    After the verbal apology should come the actions to prove it’s sincerity. That is how we will know if he meant it. Until then the Christian response is to forgive.

  • sarahhasmyvote

    I haven’t met a liberal yet who doesn’t run to the corner, "oh they all do that" comment, when it’s a leftist going over the top…..which they do often.
    But oh, if this were said about Hillary, OMG, would the NOW crowd be all over it, as you more or less said Brian,

    When will they be embarrassed by their own hypocrisy? This vile man needs to be fired if they are to show an iota of professionalism. I sadly realize that is a stretch.

    Thank you to all with a wider voice that spoke to defend Sarah’s honesty and bravery for speaking the truth, if only others would.
    Her latest book should be required reading in ALL our schools right now, before it’s too late.

  • Tom Ferriday

    Bashir made his "apology" because he was forced to. He did exactly what everyone else at that repulsive network does. He engaged in the most vile, personal and evil behavior possible. This is why I associate the Left with evil – because they are. I’m firmly convinced that if they could do so, leftist would "liquidate" every conservative in the country.

    In that regard, the Left is no different than Hitler, who was a liberal socialist, not the right-wing fascist that liberal historians want us to believe.

    I HATE Bashir and would never accept his apology. I wish that he gets what he deserves.

  • misterlogic0013

    Wish, possible come to Jesus moment ? impossible, more like it. Sarah above fray, miss guided, money their God, big Gov, empty goal, wackos. No mercy, little hope, change, covered it.

  • Lurker

    Not fair! Beck thought Obama was racist and he lost almost all his advertisers!
    We gotta act like commie pinko Liberals and hound his advertisers till they agree to drop him!

  • OldPat

    Like many of you, I’ve lived my life trying to follow the Golden Rule. But we’ve reached a point where it’s time we must fight fire with fire to save our way of life.

    Progressives feel no shame, have no remorse and believe ends justify the means.

    Time to hit ‘em where it hurts – their hip pocket. Never watched Bashir or MSNBC anyway, but today I begin to include NBC in my boycott as well. Please join me, America.

    • alfy

      fire the whole lot.we are headed towards a socialist society and the all expect to get a job with the new government headed by the demon,they will wind up in hell.

    • lyndaaquarius

      and what are those "ends" that justify anything? I say it’s the Totalitarian state.

  • MaMcGriz

    The peacock is and will remain blocked in this home.

    This ain’t over.

    I sense that the depth of sincerity of bashir’s apology is directly proportional and responsive to the range and nature of the threats made to his professional and personal future. I am certain they are formidable and credible threats, both civil and criminal.

    This man broke several federal laws with what he did. He needs to pay.

    Yes, the peacock will remain blocked here, and if I could I’d drop kick it’s feathered behind back to black and white.

  • JDCampbell

    Let’s call it a well written premeditated apology and ask for his resignation.
    Even a comedian would have a hard time justifying that kind of abuse.

  • conservativemama

    I just read this comment over at "The Right Scoop" and was glad to see it. This is what I mean when I wrote about Bashir that Palin chooses her words very carefully and knows the reaction she will get. That in doing so, she knows her haters will go too far, that reasonable people will recoil from this. And this comment is what I had in mind.

    "I am not a fan of Sarah Palin by any means. But I was floored at what Bashir said. It was more than is described in the article, and to get a feel for the entire disturbed nature of the statement, you must listen to it in its entirety. It is sick. The fact is that he meant it. That is what I cannot fathom, how any man, regardless, would say this about a woman or another human being. He clearly has issues, and he is clearly vile in some dark disturbed way. Otherwise, judgment would have prevailed and he would never have said what he said. I think he is a good writer. He has a way with words and his apology is very good—on paper, and when he is reading it. But he let us in to see his disturbed, inner world thinking and it is very, very ugly. He is ugly and I will never be able to look at him or listen to him again and NOT think about what he felt about Sarah Palin and what he felt would be right to do to her, not her as a politician, but her as a human being. He has lost his credibility. He should be fired. He should be shunned in his profession. He will never have air time in my world again. Hopefully others will feel the same."

  • James_Otis_Jr

    Bashir’s comments were nothing short of pornographic, disgusting behavior for anyone in their private life, never mind someone entrusted with the responsibilities of broadcasting and of journalism. He has abdicated any remaining pretense of professionalism in both.

    He can apologize all he likes, but there is no way to put the genie back in the bottle on this one. Mrs. Palin can accept or not, that is her business.

    The best thing that we can do is to fortify ourselves with the knowledge that if Mrs. Palin is getting such repugnant commentaries for the things she is saying and writing, then she must be directly over the target and scoring direct hits.

    Her time in the wilderness may well be ending, and not a moment too soon.

    As was said in the days leading up to the outbreak of World War II, when all seemed lost as Neville Chamberlain’s efforts to appease his implacable foe were turning to dust "Why Not Churchill?", we need to step forth and proclaim that there is one person in this nation that has been absolutely correct about all things Obama since her convention speech in 2008…

    Why not Palin?

    • lyndaaquarius

      that’s it! that’s the battle cry…"why not Palin?" great thanks.

      • James_Otis_Jr

        You know, I went looking for a photograph in a biography I have on Churchill and when I found it I realized that I had completely mauled the saying. It’s properly called "What Price Churchill?", not "Why Not Churchill?".

        That said, we’re in America and I think the "Why Not Palin" sounds better.

        This page has a photograph from 1939 showing the advertisement in London, paid for by an anonymous supporter.

  • 36763

    There’s just so many layers of Badhir’s nuttiness. How’d this guy ever get any kind of job?

  • alfy

    this idiot should be sent back to pakistan, where if he dared to say something like this, he would be hanged.he should be hanged from the tallest tree.

    • Craig Phillips

      Sorry alfy, this is not Pakistan, nor anywhere where ANYONE should be hung from a tree – I understand your disgust and anger, & I feel it too, but even if just venting feelings, it can be taken and used as a stick by those who want to try & beat up Sarah.
      Dummocrat leftie morons troll this site looking for such comments so that they can spread the message "Sarah Palin supporters are calling for Bashir to be hung from a tree like a lynching on the old south…see; they’re all racist ….etc".
      Nobody at C4P wants anything violent to happen to Bashir & only want justice for Sarah – if that means Bashir loses his job and leaves media life forever then so be it.
      My understanding is that Bashir is from the UK, however you did make a important point for all to consider; how would some of these leftie smartalecs fair if they were in a country where they could be killed for mouthing off with such rants?
      To live in a truely great and freedom loving nation, and yet maintain attitudes that are as good as peeing all over that same great nation and its values, is such a sad and disturbing irony that Conservatives continue to behold from leftie fools.

      • alfy

        thank you ,at the time, i wrote my comment, i was totally upset with what obama has brought to our nation.

    • Steve_Flesher

      Keep it classy.

  • lyndaaquarius

    Governor Palin has been smoking them out for quite some time now,hasn’t she? She’s got a long range plan. Thank goodness for Sarah Palin.

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