Sarah Palin has canceled an upcoming interview with NBC’s “Today Show” on Wednesday, just two days after MNSBC host Martin Bashir apologized for “offensive” comments about the former vice-presidential nominee.
“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.
UPDATE: An NBC News source on Thursday confirmed the cancellation but said the team hopes to reschedule. The interview was slated to run around Christmas. The source stressed that MSNBC and NBC are distinct, separate networks.
According to Fox News, Palin is livid over Bashir’s remarks made Friday suggesting she deserved to be urinated and defecated on.
Treasurer of Palin’s political action committee, Tim Crawford, sent a letter to NBC News President Deborah Turness and MSNBC President Phil Griffin on Monday 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.
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.”