Ben Shapiro
On Friday evening, MSNBC's Martin Bashir, a man known largely for interviewing Michael Jackson back in 2003, made a name for himself in a new way: He stated that former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin deserved to have someone "p*ss" and "s***" in her mouth. The repulsive comments came on the heels of Palin's statement that racking up debt to China would result in the enslavement of future generations to a foreign power. Bashir read a long passage from sadistic slave owner Thomas Thistlewood, who forced slaves to urinate and defecate on each other. "She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate," Bashir concluded.

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.


Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
 
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