We all remember Martin Bashir’s epic rant in which he called half-term Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin a “world-class idiot” and said she would be “the outstanding candidate” for the experience of the abuse of slaves, right? Well, as much as those of us on the left might have cheered him on, alas, he has apologized.
Bashir opened his show on MSNBC on Monday with the following apology:
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, and and at a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse and to focus on issues that matter to all of us.
Bashir’s original harsh statements about Palin were in response to her comparing the national debt to slavery while she was busy peddling her new book in Iowa. Bashir went on to suggest that Palin needs to learn first-hand what it is like to be an actual slave, including one punishment where a slave owner had another slave actually defecate into a slave’s mouth.
In closing, Bashir said:
In the battle of ideas, America leads the world in whole-hearted discussions and disagreements, and these arguments can be heard on a daily basis. But what I did on Friday had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with that great tradition, and I’m deeply sorry.
Personally, I think he was right on the money the first time, and shouldn’t have apologized for anything. But, that’s the media for ya. Say what you think, then your network forces you to backtrack.
Watch Martin Bashir’s full apology below:
About the Author / Shannon Barber
Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 3 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.