Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin really is brilliant with how she deals with the media. This time she accepted MSNBC’s Martin Bashir’s apology for saying that someone should urinate and defecate in her mouth. She gets to take the high road by accepting the faux apology. Brilliant.
Bashir is one of the extremist left-wing cable network’s most foul mouthed hosts but he has practically no ratings at all, so almost no one even heard his original ignorant, hate-filled comments. Not only did Palin get to put herself in the wronged category garnering sympathy, but she also appeared to rise above Bashir’s disgusting, anti-woman behavior and look like the bigger person.
Sarah Palin appearing on Fox News Sunday.
For those unaware, last week on his little seen MSNBC’s show, Martin Bashir cited the historic diary of slavery written in the 1700s by Thomas Thistlewood. In that diary, Thistlewood describes a punishment of a slave who was beaten and then forced to endure others urinating and defecating in his open mouth.
Bashir went on to say that Palin deserves that treatment.
Now, if Bashir was a conservative and said that some liberal woman deserves to have someone urinate and defecate in her mouth, the whole of the left-wing, media establishment would have risen up against him and his network would have quickly fired him.
But because he is a liberal and liberals neither have morals nor expect their advocates to have either morals or display civility, Bashir still has a job today with no talk in the left-wing media that he should be censured.
Still, Palin made herself come out looking the better person. Did I say she’s brilliant?
Transcript courtesy of RealClearPolitics.com):
CHRIS WALLACE: All right. Let me ask you about something that when we told people that you were going to be on the show, a lot of us wanted to ask you about it. It isn’t pleasant, but you know where I’m headed.
Martin Bashir, the MSNBC anchor, has had some ugly things to say about you. A couple of weeks ago, you made, frankly, I think fairly unobjectionable remarks, saying that — comparing our debt to slavery and saying that eventually we’re going to beholden to our foreign masters.
Mr. Bashir took great exception to that. He called you a, quote, “world-class idiot,” his words. And then he talked about a slave owner named Thistlewood, who used to punish his slaves by having someone defecate — it’s unbelievable — defecate in their mouths.
And then he said this:
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
MARTIN BASHIR, MSNBC ANCHOR: When Ms. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance, she confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
WALLACE: Governor, your reaction?
SARAH PALIN: That’s funny, because Bashir has invoked the analogy of slavery also. The definition of slavery is to be beholden to a master. And we will be beholden when that note is due, when we have taken from our children and our grandchildren and borrowed from China and other foreign countries in order to pay for our wants today. So we will be beholden to another master at some point here when that note’s due.
As for the — you know ,the networks condoning those types of statements, because there’s been no punishment of the fella who said these words, that’s hypocrisy. That’s a given, though, when a conservative woman says something that they’re — they take offense, they usually just kind of pooh-pooh it, laugh it off; it’s no big deal.
But as for personally taking shots like that, Chris, everybody in life takes shots. You have a decision to make when you take a shot. Are you going to become bitter or better?
In a case like this, you know, 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.
However, if Mr. Bashir or anybody else in this media elite bubble that they put themselves in were to attack someone who is defenseless, like a vulnerable child, who does not have that podium, that microphone that God has blessed me to be able to express my opinion, if they don’t have that type of platform to defend themselves — well, if you want to see a mama grizzly get riled up and slap that person down, then you come after a vulnerable child.
In this case, he didn’t come after a vulnerable child. I can defend myself and, you know, I can take it.
WALLACE: A few days later, Bashir offered his apology. Here that is.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BASHIR: I made some comments which were deeply offensive and directed at Governor Sarah Palin. I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin. My words were wholly unacceptable.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
WALLACE: First, do you accept his apology?
And secondly, I want to go back to something you brought up. NBC, for instance, put Alec Baldwin off the air for a homophobic slur. They have taken no public action to what Bashir said about you.
PALIN: Well, that’s the executive hypocrisy that is so prevalent in that media elite bubble, where it depends on the target of the vile rants that it doesn’t depend on what their rant itself actually is. And conservative women are a target of them.
As for the apologies, well, obviously, you know, who am I to not accept an apology? Everyone must humble themselves and accept that offer to, you know, of apology.
But as for the apologies, too, next time that they want to say such a thing and then get the attention that they were seeking after they’ve said it, and then they want to call and apologize to me in private, I’d like them to go through, say, Todd first or one of my children first. Leave the message with them. Hear what they have to say about it and then they can come to me.
(See also: MSNBC Anchor Calls Tea Party The KKK)
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