When then-Rep. Joe Walsh decided to skip an Obama jobs speech before Congress in the fall of 2011, Bashir was shocked. "Are you able to be as disrespectful to the office of president by simply walking away from something that every member of the Congress is going to attend? Is that also" -- here it comes -- "because he's black?"
These demands on Obama's behalf make Bashir's astonishing disrespect of Sarah Palin all the more glaring. Even liberals are still lamenting how Bashir lectured on Nov. 15 that Sarah Palin's face should be urinated and defecated on.
Rush Limbaugh was right. Just imagine the liberal fury had Bill O'Reilly proposed this be done to Obama.
Outraged that Palin in her "long-deceased mind" would dare suggest our national debt to China is going to feel like slavery when the note comes due, Bashir read from some slave owner's diary dating to 1756. "A slave named Darby catched eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s*** in his mouth." In another incident, the cruel master "flogged Punch well, and then washed and rubbed salt pickle, lime juice and bird pepper; made Negro Joe piss in his eyes and mouth." Bashir concluded Palin would be an "outstanding candidate" for these excretory punishments.
Bashir is no stranger to crazed historical analogies for conservatives. He has compared Rick Santorum to Stalin, and the National Rifle Association to Hitler. But he's never suggested a politician deserved to be someone's outhouse.
The next Monday, Bashir apologized on the air. "My words were wholly unacceptable ... and they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network."
But there was no punishment from the allegedly shamed MSNBC. The news channel suspended Ed Schultz for a week after he called Laura Ingraham a "talk slut" and David Shuster until he quit for suggesting Hillary Clinton "pimped out" her daughter Chelsea on the campaign trail. Years ago, mere political donations took Joe Scarborough and Keith Olbermann off the air. So why no mandatory time off for Bashir?
Because this is MSNBC, and having someone defecate in Palin's mouth is just not a big deal.