The blowback was immediate. My organization, TruthRevolt, launched a petition that quickly gathered thousands of signatures against Bashir. Even members of the leftist media were supposedly stunned by his words. Politico's Dylan Byers wrote of MSNBC, "The network has taken quite a few steps backward -- or rather, downward, to the bottom of the barrel." Mediaite.com's Joe Concha wrote, "Could you imagine if Neil Cavuto or Jake Tapper, who occupy the same time slot on Fox and CNN, respectively, suggested anyone s*it in anyone's mouth on national television, as Bashir did last week?"
Bashir quickly apologized. But he was not fired. MSNBC tweeted out his segment on Palin. It was still available to view online as of this printing.
And that wasn't even MSNBC's first debacle of the week.
On Thursday, TMZ reported that actor and MSNBC host Alec Baldwin had confronted a photographer on the streets of New York, calling him a "c***-sucking f*g." Baldwin initially denied that he had used the word "f*g," saying instead that he had said "fathead." Eventually, he, too, apologized -- though not before anti-bullying advocate and gay sex columnist Dan Savage said that Baldwin's use of the homophobic slur was fine, so long as he remained pro-same-sex marriage. MSNBC ended up suspending Baldwin, thanks in large part to our efforts at TruthRevolt; it is unclear if he will return to the airwaves.