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MSNBC Host Martin Bashir Should Be Fired Over Sarah Palin Remark

November 19, 2013

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There are times when anyone who works behind a live microphone will say something that should not have been uttered.  Many a broadcaster has made a slip, a mistake, a blunder.  I certainly did when working at WDOR radio.  The vast majority of such on-air moments from broadcasters are obviously accidental, and can be forgotten about.

But then there are some incidents that are so far removed from any sense of professional standard that something more needs to be done than simply moving on to another broadcasting day.

MSNBC host Martin Bashir crossed the line by a mile when on Friday he suggested former Alaska governor Sarah Palin deserved to have someone “sh*t” in her mouth.

There must be no leniency, excuses or any type of rationale allowed for this outlandish and vile statement from someone who has a national audience.  Let it be on the record I would demand Bashir’s firing if he had no more than a small market radio audience when making such a statement.

In broadcasting there must be standards, and when those standards are stomped on there must be consequences.  To allow Bashir to continue being on-air at MSNBC undermines those who do work at being professional broadcasters at the network.   Equally important not firing him sends a message that the audience is not worthy of respect.

I get the fact that serious people do not like Sarah Palin.  But there is never a need to resort to the inexcusable level of discourse that Bashir exhibited with his remark.  Being truly vulgar and offensive might work in Bashir’s household but he will not be invited back into this home via the airwaves.

9 Comments
  1. Jordan permalink
    November 21, 2013 3:25 PM

    Martin Bashir should be fired!

  2. November 20, 2013 9:58 PM

    Dear Jim Wexler:

    If Sean Hannity had said anything close to Martin Bashir about lets say Nancy Pelosi would you still say “one should be aware of the entire context of Hannity’s statement”…

  3. November 20, 2013 10:54 AM

    Here is the video of his comments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fbJE3RUJMw

  4. November 20, 2013 9:43 AM

    I saw the show. Simply pulling this one comment out, without understanding his full commentary is highly misleading. As usual, Bashir was making a very astute point referring to Palin’s tasteless remarks. While this righteous indignation sounds good, one should be aware of the entire context of Bashir’s statement.

  5. November 19, 2013 11:15 PM

    Just one question there had to be some producer that saw these comments as they went into the teleprompter screen and before he went on the air. He, she or them should be held accountable as well…

  6. November 19, 2013 11:13 PM

    Done. Caput. Here’s your COBRA information and there’s the door…

  7. tom permalink
    November 19, 2013 8:09 PM

    Credit where credit is due! Well done.

    Perhaps some of my past comments were unfair….

  8. November 19, 2013 5:11 PM

    Vulgarity does not bolster one’s case.

  9. J. Naglieri permalink
    November 19, 2013 4:12 PM

    Very well put. Agree….people have the right to their own opinions but what was said on air is inexcusable! Period! No lame apologies will dismiss the vile comments from this man. The mouth is the tattletale of the heart I understand that, but there must be a professional standard for people delivering the news. It’s not stand up comedy and would not be very funny if it were.

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