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Sarah Palin Accepts Martin Bashir Apology But Stands by Slavery Comments

Sarah Palin Accepts Martin Bashir Apology But Stands by Slavery Comments

Palin says she still thinks we “will be beholden” to the national debt but accepts the MSNBC host's apology for his nasty remarks

Sarah Palin on Sunday accepted MSNBC host Martin Bashir's apology for some nasty remarks he made about her last week after she compared the national debt to slavery, but she didn't back down.

“The definition of slavery is to be beholden to a master, and we will be beholden when that note is due,” the former governor of Alaska and Republican vice-presidential candidate said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

Bashir, in response to Palin's initial comments, called her a “world class idiot.” He described a punishment that forced a slave to put “sh-t in his mouth” and said Palin would make an “outstanding candidate” for the same treatment.

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Bashir apologized soon after, and said his comments were “wholly unacceptable,” and Palin accepted Sunday.

“Who am I to not accept an apology?” Palin said. “Everyone must humble themselves and accept that offer of apology. But next time they want to say such a thing and then get the attention they were seeking after they said it, and then they want to call and apologize to me in private? I'd like them to go through Todd first or one of my children first. Leave a message with them. Hear what they have to say about it. And then they can come to me.”

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She also said she could handle Bashir's comments, noting that she has a prominent platform to defend herself.

“Are you going to become bitter or better?” she said. “I don't have to accept his words, his vile, evil comments, so they don't have to affect me. I move on and I charge forth.”

Also read: Sarah Palin Cancels ‘Today’ Show Interview Over Martin Bashir's Inflammatory Comments (Updated)

Palin canceled an interview with NBC's “Today Show” on Wednesday, just two days after Bashir apologized. “Today” host Matt Lauer was scheduled to visit Palin's home in Wasilla, Alaska, for a Christmas-themed interview promoting her new book about the holiday.

The treasurer of Palin's political action committee, Tim Crawford, had earlier sent a letter to NBC News President Deborah Turness and MSNBC President Phil Griffin questioning why no disciplinary action had been taken against Bashir, when fellow MSNBC host Alec Baldwin had been suspended days earlier for inflammatory remarks that, unlike Bashir's, were not made on the network.

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Crawford wrote, “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?”

“Americans deserve to know that your network doesn't condone violent and hateful rhetoric directed at anyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or political persuasion.”

Bashir issued an apology on his MSNBC show Monday, saying his words were “wholly unacceptable,” “neither accurate nor fair,” and “brought shame upon [his] friends and colleagues at this network, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said.”

  • frankyburns

    It was fair comment — no apology is even due. What he meant was that Palin obviously has no idea what slavery was all about, and experiencing one of the punishments would make her wise up. She's not going to wise up, however, so it was all in vain.

  • crashmind9

    Bashir made a very fair comment. No apology needed. Palin's problem is in her thinking. She continues to show her ignorance at every opportunity.

  • Stuart W

    “Frankyburns”(or is that toasts) and “crashmin ” (definitely on target)! Both
    genius I.Q.'s, totally embrace comments such as “if you like your doctor, you can KEEP your doctor; period! This plus “If you like your health plan, you can KEEP your health plan”; period! Yes, couple of readers who can accurately define ignorance; only when perceived in others.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    I hope that the people who are saying “fair comment” are not the ones I hear elsewhere decrying the decline in our political discourse. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  • telast

    She deserves to eat s**t. I hope Bashir points it out again.

  • Tony

    If Sarah Palin were to eat sh*t, it would be an improvement to the sh*t she has between her ears. This waste of flesh needs to stop speaking in public. In fact, she should stop speaking altogether.

    • Rev

      Seeing that your nothing more then a tiny liberal drone, it seems the sh*t is between YOUR ears little man…. Palin has more class and intelligence then you'll ever posses.

      • telast

        Rev, learn to spell when you go after people smarter than you. Your is not the same as you're. Palin is a public embarrassment and everyone knows it… except you.

  • Stoneyjack

    Smart, stylish, sensible Sarah Palin shows class, grace, dignity & Christian charity in accepting bilious Bashir's apology for his cavil & calumny.

    • telast

      The day Sarah Palin is stylish is the day every coiffure goes out of business. As for smart… she can Russia from her house. She is a moron.

    • Sieben713

      B S

  • tregibbs

    When does this shill apologize for minimizing slavery?

  • Jimmy Jonn

    Bashir made the mistake of thinking it was American slavery she was talking about. His mistake completely, for slavery continues to exist today and Mrs. Palin was right to point out that we really are China's B*tch right now.

    • besplatan

      Actually most of US debt is domestic. China is a distant second place at 8%

    • babibabi45

      Actually being binded into “slavery” owing the mountain of debt to China is not as shameful as unofficially DEVALUING the US dollar by printing and printing and printing money so as to DECREASE the debt. Is the 5 trillion owed to China repayable or not?

  • Sidney

    Yum. I'd bang Sarah to next week!!

  • joro3743

    Seems all the liberal stupids are out in force here. Too bad they cannot understan that she was using an example by saying being a slave is to be beholden to a Master, Like us and your President. For that Liberal Jerk to say what he said was BS and his mouth should be filled. Don't like that? tough, live with it. Even MSNBC was embarrassed by that jerk, and if you libs had any sense you would be also, but then again YOU voted him in.

    • Sieben713

      He didn't get Americans killed for his personal illegal war , now top that .

      • joro3743

        Right, remember that after he puts America down the tubes. When his Muslim and and immigrant friends take over. uh huh.

    • Grant Taylor

      Sarah Palin lost the election for McCain singlehandedly. She has said one stupid thing after another. The last one I heard was ” if he's good enough for Ted Nugent then he's good enough for me” referring to that moron running for gov. in Texas.She said it to infuriate the opposition, she really doesn't care about anything in my opinion. She just likes attention. She is an embarrassment to a nation. So Bashir lost his cool and went a little too far, big deal. In truth most people would like her mouth to be permanently shut,including those Republicans still in touch with reality.

  • angel1959

    The only mistake Bashir made was to even pay attention to Old Greedy Wrinkle Sack. I honestly do not see the point of giving any attention to anything she says.

  • Sieben713

    She has a lot of nerve with all the mean spirited things she has said

    • big dong

      youre a fucking dumb broad semen 713

  • Carol Dijkhuyzen

    I will say once again, quitter looney palin ,is beyond a world class act IDIOT,and Iam pleased to say it.

  • junkingKing

    Sarah palin -a world class genius , very original and brilliant metaphor , only folks without imagination are complaining

  • HTG19S7

    You may choose to ignore the facts, anybody in debt is as good as a slave. The problema is that people choose to ignore the facts. If the US has become the debtor of the world, then they will have to work up to pay, until then they can consider themselves as slaves. It's not an issue of ideology, it's a fact. How much are you paying to service the debt? Sarah should not be attacked and humilliated for her opinion. Everybody is entitled to have and share their opinions freely.