Wednesday, December 4, 2013
In the wake of his vile comments about Governor Palin, Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC. He had asserted that she deserved the treatment one slave master forced upon his slaves. The treatment he recommended? Someone should defecate and urinate in her mouth. He later apologized, then was no longer on the air. MSNBC described his absence as a "vacation." Today, Bashir announced his resignation.
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.’
MSNBC issued a statement wishing Bashir well, with no apology to Governor Palin. It seems to me that since Bashir's comments were prepared, not off-the-cuff, all others who wrote and/or approved his words should also be held accountable.