Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC After Sarah Palin Slam

Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC After Sarah Palin Slam

Bashir had apologized to Palin and viewers

MSNBC host Martin Bashir resigned from the network Wednesday, two weeks after making the graphic suggestion that someone defecate in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's mouth.

“After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday,” Bashir said in a statement.

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

MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement that Bashir resigned Wednesday, effective immediately.

“I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with MSNBC. Martin is a good man and respected colleague – we wish him only the best,” Griffin wrote.

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Bashir got into hot water after criticizing Palin for using a slavery analogy in her remarks about U.S. debt to China. The host himself used a slavery analogy to demonstrate what he called her “rank ignorance,” suggesting Palin deserved a brutal punishment in which slaves were forced to urinate and defecate on each other's faces.

“It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at [MSNBC], will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments,” Bashir wrote.

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Palin had canceled an interview with NBC's Today Show over the flap, apparently because NBC News did not do enough to separate itself from MSNBC and condemn Bashir's remarks.

Joy-Ann Reid has been hosting the 4pm hour on MSNBC while Bashir was on Thanksgiving vacation and will host Wednesday. MSNBC said it would have an announcement about a permanent replacement host in the coming weeks.

Tim Kenneally contributed to this report.

  • greatj

    The whole disgraceful, hateful, Obama toady, network should also resign.

  • beyond partisan

    Excellent news! One can hope that progressive women are waking up to the fact that MSNBC has been the Misogynist News Network for quite some time.

  • telast

    That idiot Palin keeps making money by being a moron; this guy is forced from his job for speaking the truth. TERRIBLE NEWS.

    • beyond partisan

      You, sir, are a misogynist!

      • telast

        What makes you think I'm a sir? Sarah Palin does NOT represent contemporary women… Is she your torch-bearer? If so you're as ignorant as she is.

        • real ignorance

          So it's not misogyny if you don't like the woman.. Got it.

          • telast

            Of course not. I like Elizabeth Warren and Lady Gaga. That makes me a progressive. Detesting Sarah Palin is something anyone with a brain should share.

          • real ignorance

            Your comments are nonsensical and tedious. I didn't say you don't like women.

            Whether or not one likes Palin is not the point. Irrespective of your personal opinion, the assault is unacceptable. You're immature and not so smart. You're also exhausting because one has to point out the patently obvious, but you're just the type looking for a fight as evidenced by the fact that you've been lurking on this thread the last 2 hours waiting on replies with pointless combativeness. I'm already bored of you and done here.

          • telast

            You've been waiting for me to respond all day? Get a life.

          • rose528

            real ignorance is a good name for you

          • Beautyfor1

            real ignorance
            telast is not looking for a fight. She is speaking the truth. Sarah Palin is looking for a fight from anyone who can get the truth out about her. Unfortunately, that was Martin Bashir.

          • Guest


        • beyond partisan

          Sarah Palin does not represent contemporary women? How so? She is successful…worked her way up from nothing to be Mayor and then Governor…she has a beautiful family and an intact marriage. She made her own success.

          Your examples of women to emulate are a blue-eyed, white blond woman who claimed to be Cherokee to get preferential race treatment at Harvard (Warren) and Lady Gaga, who is a cheap puppet of the Illuminati and a total sell-out.

          BTW, I used to be progressive, and both of those women would have still embarrassed me back then. I don't like hypocrites (Warren) or women who exploit their own bodies to get ahead (Gaga). Neither woman is “progressive” in my book.

          • telast

            She's an idiot. You're an idiot. They're dropping like ripe apples here.

          • beyond partisan

            I'm the idiot? And yet, I'm the one writing coherent sentences and entire paragraphs to back up my thoughts, whereas the best you can do is claim that liking Elizabeth Warren and Lady Gaga makes you “progressive.” Go reread what you wrote and compare it to my writing. If you really are that smart, then explain to me why Elizabeth Warren's documented abuse of affirmative action isn't an issue for you.

          • telast

            this is the wrap blah blah section……… whole.. sentences…..are im..portant… here?

            Get. A. Life.

          • beyond partisan

            Too afraid to try? Interesting. And yet, you were the one who started this entire thread claiming Sarah Palin was a moron. Yet, you have absolutely shown NO ability to think or reason in any of your posts here. You can try to insult me all you like, but in the end, you just show your opinions to be slightly less than worthless due to your inability to back up your thoughts with any semblance of intelligent thinking.

          • telast

            Ergo I go misogyno.

          • rose528

            roflmaao you're an IDIOT. do we have to keep repeating ourselves before you get it

          • rose528

            typical response from a nazi fascist party of NO (repug) women hating party

      • rose528

        and you are an idiot and moron

    • Kathryn Swift

      You are sooo correct in your condemnation of s.p., and what she represents….she's a pack of lies, in glasses!!!

      • telast

        Thanks. Agreed.


    Get ready Al Jazeera now have a new hate monger heading your way.
    Libs always tell you who or what the fear the most via their attacks in the media.

    • excelsior


  • Guest

    Disgusted with MSNBC for not standing by Bashir. He may have been over the top, but no more so than the folks at Fox. Hannity, O'Reilly and Limbaugh have been equally crude in talking about folks they find offensive.

    • gig

      oh please, you're the type that would be in a conniption if Bashir had directed those remarks at a minority or a gay person

      as for Fox, that's another swamp, but has nothing to do with it…if the other kids are doing wrong, it's ok for you too?

    • John

      You should watch a few of them sometime. You'll never see O'Reilly calling a woman a slut, like Ed Schultz has done (search for it.) Each network is partisan, no question, but MSNBC pretty much stands alone on this front.

      • Pachuco4u

        Ever heard of Glenn Beck? Come on.

    • burunul

      very correct! and what about those who just call our President a “big liar”?

      • Beautyfor1

        They call him more than that.

  • Tituscrow

    Weather you are a man and or a women your still a MORON! This is why the country is falling apart. Weather you agree or disagree, show some respect. Everyone has a right to their opinion, even you. I'm a guy, and I guess strong women scare you. Move to Iran.

    • telast

      Learn to spell when writing to adults, please. That will improve the whether where you are. Get it…?

  • Sharie

    Glad he's gone. I don't care whom he said this about. It's inappropriate and he needs his mouth washed out with soap.

  • common sense

    Heck, I'll gladly defecate on her face, and throw in some of the wet stuff also!!

  • Hank

    With all the blatant lies and misinformation that spouts from the mouth of that mental midget “Sarah Palin”, I find it hard to believe that anyone be punished for attempting to cleanse the record. MSNBC should reinstate Bashir and give him a raise in salary.

    • burunul


  • rubberman

    Bashir made that crap up anyway, or was misled by his teachers. That kind of stuff never happened.

  • flgirl70

    He should have resigned or been fired. Look what happened to Paula Deen for what she said years ago that was totally acceptable at the time she said it.

    • excelsior

      What Paula Deen said was “totally acceptable at the time”???When was that? When she was in a time warp zone sitting on the “veranda sipping mint juleps while the “darkies” sang and danced”??Please!!

  • tomgnh

    Why does his suggestion bring to mind the image of “taking coal to Newcastle”?

  • excelsior


    • Steve Frank

      Shut up jew.

  • Steve Frank

    jews love to attack Palin, they hate that she wants to stop Israeli's war machine.

  • Therese

    I am a 71 year old woman who loved the classy Bashir for his articulate observations on the world scene. It is such a shame that this man has lost his position because he tried to have a dialogue with ignorant Sarah Palin.

  • jonescs

    Palin is a total idiot!!!! she has no concept of slavery; cannot use it in any analogy; nor anything else! why anyone would keep interviewing her; putting her on television reflects the total lack of respect for the audience!
    Martin should not have apologized Nor Should he Have Quit His Job!!!!!