Last week, after Sarah Palin made an analogy between the national debt and enslavement, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir suggested Palin be subjected to a disgusting punishment for making the comparison.

Yesterday MSNBC actually again promoted the segment, but today, Bashir has apologized.

Bashir’s apology for the disgusting comments following Palin’s slavery analogy came after it was discovered that he too once used a slavery analogy.

Here is video followed by a transcript:

Bashir: Last Friday on this broadcast, 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, and also to offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said. My words were wholly unacceptable. They were neither accurate nor fair. They were unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics, and they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said. And at a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse, and to focus on issues that matter to all of us.
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We’ll wait and see how Bashir’s apology goes over with much of MSNBC’s base audience.

  • WhoMeToo

    Martin Bashir will FOREVER be known as the man that wanted to sh*t & p*ss in the mouth & eyes of his political opposites. He earned it. @msnbc @bashirlive

    • BlueGood

      Clearly this “Musket Morgan Wannabe” had his head handed to him on a platter and was TOLD to apologize….or start looking for work in the U.K.

      though almost ALL Liebrals could learn from his script of apology, I’m not buyin’ it for one minute….

      He’s lower than Snake Schit…………….

      • Whyshouldihavetoregister

        We don’t want him back, I promise you.

  • Shaner5000

    Everything after “….they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network” is a lie. MSNBC has no shame.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      somebody at corporate pulled him in for a flogging.. even leftists need income, and viewers to pay that income..

      Seems somebody explained female progs might have loved his rant.. “women”.. the real flesh and blood kind who don’t drink the koolaid hated it.. and MSNBC looses their woman audience, they’re done.. busted.. broke.

  • Tugger – ✓unamused

    Once again, “Apology not accepted”.

  • pinupartist

    I’m just happy no one (except for the the Newsbusters-types) has to pay attention to this miserable little reptile anymore. I’m positive there were more internet posts & comments about what he said than a year’s worth of viewers for his show.

    “at a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse”–does anyone know where he’s talking about? Because it sure as heck isn’t msdnc…

  • Milos Gamelin III™

    Bashir says “they try to elevate political discourse”?!!! He should be fired for that comment alone. Who is doing the elevating, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton? The guys at MSNBC are all crap weasels

    • WhoMeToo

      I laughed out loud when he said that!!! XD

  • Dan Thorpe

    I listened to Dana Loesch for a few minutes today and she was talking about it and brought up a good point. The only thing that Martin Bashir is know for is a interview with Michael Jackson like 20 years ago. Martin Bashir is nothing but a leftist hack with IMO no credible journalistic skills.

    • Gene

      All he’ll be remembered for in the future is the Palin remark. It’ll be for him what “a thrill up my leg” was for Chris Matthews.

  • danh8

    He won’t be suspended, most all that work for MSNBC hate the woman with passion, and the feelings they truly have spilled on to the air in a manner that even those that hate her had to realize was maybe slightly graphic, even for their low standards of journalism.

  • QueenB ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Good. Now resign. Then go away. Forever.

  • Republicanvet

    Curious as to why he gave his lame apology. It certainly can’t be anyone at MesSNBC since they promoted it after the fact.

    Some sponsors taking heat?

    • no_more_deceit

      Maybe it has something to do with Baldwin getting canned, Bashir is a slimy grease-ball.

  • GadsdenJazz

    As far as apologies go, Bashir’s soliloquy was a remarkable effort. I heard no “buts”, I heard no qualifiers. Bashir’s words are an excellent example of a true apology (as opposed to a ‘qualified’ apology (“if I…” or apology+ “but” or “however”) or mere blame-shifting).

    I will not hazard a comment on the sincerity of Bashir’s apology. Irrespective of his words, though, his actions hereafter will give testament to the truth of the sentiments he expressed. All we can do is wait and see what he does.

    • Governor Squid

      This struck me as well. Nothing like the usual “I’m sorry your feelings got hurt” nonsense — just an actual “I screwed up and I’m sorry” apology. I got no love for this guy, but credit where credit is due.

      • Arkuy The Great

        ” I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin, and also to offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said.”

        No “sorry if you were offended” weasel words here. I give Martin credit for manning-up and taking responsibility; an admitted rarity in his business.

      • Lamontyoubigdummy

        No credit. This was desperation.

        Think, Richard Gere in Officer and a Gentleman screaming “I GOT NO WHERE ELSE TO GO!”

        • RogueRose

          Yep and the “apology” was issued shortly after the video of him using a slavery analogy was unearthed and starting to make the rounds.. convenient timing.

    • WhoMeToo

      There’s just something about saying “My political opposite should be held down so feces can be defecated into her mouth & p*ss urinated into her eyes” that one just can’t come back from, apology or not.

      • GadsdenJazz

        I have no opinion about whether Bashir’s image can/should be rehabilitated or about whether anyone should be inclined to accept his apology. My only observations are that Bashir’s apology is unequivocal in acknowledging his error and expressing contrition, and he allocutes starkly the grave nature of his trespass. The form and substance of Bashir’s apology is as fine an example of a public apology as one could hope to find.

        • RogueRose

          bs… it was all about him and how now he’s a better person and more humble besides and normally he’s so much more professional than that.. notice he still didn’t have one nice thing to say about Sarah… and the video of him using the same analogy was making the rounds.. how convenient.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        What kind of person would even have those kind of thoughts, much less say them on television? It’s a window into a demented soul.

        • WhoMeToo

          Not only the “thoughts”, but than the compulsion to speak them aloud AND in a televised public forum. There are really no appropriate, nor significant enough words to express Bashirs monumental depravity.

    • Lamontyoubigdummy

      Agreed. Reeks of “please forgive me” desperation. This was not an “I’m sorry you’re sorry”, or “I’m sorry if you were offended by”..

      He got called on the carpet…the NBC/ GE carpet. I think their brass said, “We’ll let you make a statement, see how it plays, and then decide whether or not to fire you”.

      • Section 9

        His colleagues agree with him at MSNBC.
        The sponsors don’t, and the sponsors have to buy time on a network that is getting its a$$ kicked by FNC.

        • BeautifulAmerica

          Bazinga!

    • JeromeD

      Couldn’t agree more; the authenticity of his apology will be determined not by us, but by Bashir himself in the days and weeks to come.

      I, for one, hope it is sincere.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      No credit for this commie; he’d certainly give none to a Conservative.

      • GadsdenJazz

        The likelihood of Bashir acknowledging an opponent’s decency is of no consequence to me and does not inform my opinion regarding the substance and form of his apology. Nor does his sincerity (which remains unknowable for the time being, anyway).

        • RogueRose

          All you can possibly know is the form and substance placed in context.. like the fact the video of him using the same analogy was unearthed and making the rounds, along with all the OWS pics with banners using the slavery analogy, and don’t forget Biden “they want to put y’all back in chains”.. he got called out on his hypocrisy and back pedaled.. nothing more.

    • RogueRose

      May have meant more if he’d apologized before the video surfaced of him using a slavery analogy… just more cya.. and it was all about how he’s learned from this and is now a better and more humble person.. not one positive word to say about Sarah or her accomplishments.. it was all about him.

  • West_Coast

    APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED

  • Loves Me Some Gray Guevara

    Like I said earlier – he’ll be apologizing again in about six months. Liberal hacks like Bashir just simply can’t help themselves.

  • WhoDat

    His apology needed to be said, and I think, for what that’s worth, he sincerely meant it. I’ll see if that’s true, in the future, though.

    • J_W_C_NM

      These radical left-wing extremists are consumed with hatred. It seethes out of them like a syphilitic canker sore. Nothing they ever say is polite and kind or tolerant. He sincerely is nasty and mean, and his “apology” is only to save his paycheck.

      • BeautifulAmerica

        Look at that picture of him; he’s an ogre, inside and out.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Very doubtful.

  • David King

    Is Bashir’s show live? Did his producers on Friday ok this? He, like his idol Obama, is reading the prompter. That was scripted, approved, filmed, and broadcast. Bashir is not the only one responsible for this. @msnbc @bashirlive

  • ‘Tom Crawford

    He only apologized cause the heat and pressure was brought to bear on him and MSNBC – why take a week? Seeing it wasn’t going away? They are sorry after they are caught or they were only “joking”. What type of “man” says this or even thinks this about a woman.

    Apology not accepted.
    You need help.

    • WhoDat

      He said it on Friday, I believe, and this was the first time he’d been back on air.

      • Ty in TX ✓ᵇᵒⁿᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        OOooooooooo…He had the weekend off. Harsh man, harsh.

      • ‘Tom Crawford

        They have twitter – if it was so outrageous and he was so sorry – this could have easily gone on his twitter where MSNBC was promoting his disgusting comments in that segment.

        • WhoDat

          Not all of his 5 viewers has Twitter.

          • HanaFiveO

            Who, I just laughed my ass off at your post!

          • WhoDat

            *bows*

      • HanaFiveO

        Monday. The suits came in and saw the poopy storm Bashirs comments created. He was ordered to apologies me thinks and told to make it sincere, or else.

  • rippersnort

    Should not have said it in the first place. No apology can ever take away your words of hate.

  • J_W_C_NM

    There’s over 300,00,000 Americans and Bashir is the best MSNBC could find for an hour long show? Says much about MSNBC’s management.

  • beebop1952

    Maybe they can round them all up and get a group rate discount ….

  • Ed McDowell

    Imus fired for innocuous remark, Juan Williams fired for telling truth but this guy gets a pass. Another shame upon MSNBC. A real septic tank.

  • Nate Whilk

    “And at a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse”

    BWAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  • michael s

    I believe his apology was sincere.

  • JeromeD

    I don’t like Bashir, and I spoke forcefully and at length regarding his unacceptable comments.

    That said, I find this apology to be solid. It’s not one of those non-apology apologies, it’s not an “I’m sorry if someone was offended”; it’s a straight-up admission, and humble/contrite, rather than snarky or defiant.

    I believe in forgiveness and second-chances. I hope that Mr. Bashir truly means these words and will learn / grow from this experience. Perhaps it’s too much to hope – perhaps he’ll fall back into the same pattern of behavior as before, albeit with some self-interested censorship.

    …but perhaps he will take this moment to reinvent himself and attempt to live up to his stated goal of “elevating the discourse.” MSNBC could use someone like that. I wish him that wisdom and resolve.

    • GadsdenJazz

      A public admission of error, especially one of such fundamental disrespect to the notions of civility that underlie public discourse, is a terribly embarrassing and humbling penance for a merchant who trades on relationships and sells opinions. Bashir’s apology is a public acknowledgment of his humiliation, and I respect his effort. I hope his actions bear out his contrition.

  • no_more_deceit

    The dude is pondscum, who cares if he apologized, mslsd ratings are about as high as the bottom of a septic tank.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Sorry Marty, not enough, remember, anyone who makes such comments must apologize AND resign immediately or liberals “can’t get closure on this”.

  • Donna Prater

    I will never watch this sick pervert again and never watch MSNBC again. I have defended this station over and over when they were accused of being haters. Well this was the last straw. I belong to many women’s groups and we all feel the same way.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Well, this is easy because I’ve never watched him and don’t watch that vile network either.

      Glad to hear your women’s groups feel that way.

      • Jay Stevens

        “Glad to hear your women’s groups feel that way.”

        Finally.

  • Jay Dickson

    Born in England. Pull his green card. We all ready have to put up with that other English asshole Piers Morgan on CNN

  • lesterwink23

    Somebody got the “this is causing us some bad press, you’d better make nice” speech from the folks at MSNBC

  • stuckinIL4now

    What else can we expect from this dope who nearly made Princess Di cry on national TV in the UK?

  • spaceycakes

    “I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry”

    see what it did there? It didn’t say ‘I’m sorry’

  • SpaceRacer423

    they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said.
    .
    That’s only 1/2 true.
    Martin’s colleagues may not have been responsible for what he said,
    but they are damn sure responsible for promoting it.
    MSNBC also owes a MAJOR apology to its viewer and the Palin family.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      …promoting it, him, his politics, and his salary.

  • rennyangel2

    Whadda putz.

  • Dale Morelock

    I find apologies under duress to be completely worthless. To steal a Song of Fire and Ice line, “Words are wind.”

    Let this POS pledge $50k to a charity of Sarah’s choice and then I might begin to accept his wind as worthwhile.

  • Ginger Mcguire

    YOU CANT RECALL A SPED ARROW

  • Maren

    Not enough. Period.

  • gooms

    They just cannot help themselves over there at MSNBC. They have a deep seated absolute hateful rage for republicans and conservatives. It manifests itself so obviously. As a person who had anger management problems in the past, I can see this with the kind of clarity most cannot. Several of their hosts need therapy.

  • Chuck Finley Cracka®

    Who wrote that for him?

  • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

    “and they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this
    network, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said.”

    Somebody at corporate ;level has a freshly broken cluebat..

    too bad they didn’t tape it.. watching that tool Bashir grovel would have been refreshing.

  • sanchez

    Batshit can talk all he wants. Who cares? This site gave him more exposure than his own show does.

  • dogwonder

    Someone should inform him that Arabs, as I type this, are still using blacks darker than them as slaves and when they’re done informing him on facts ask him if he were raised to believe women are “Worth half the value of men”? Cause he sounds like an Arab misogynistic pig to me?

  • roccolore

    MSNBC, the network of woman-haters and gaybashers.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      gaybashers? gaybashirs?
      Nah, they’re all gay over there.
      It’s patriots, conservatives, realists, outspoken truthers, whom they hate.

  • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

    So…like, it’s cool then?

  • Ruth

    That he thought his original statement was an acceptable thing to say tells me all I need to know about him.

  • http://www.thedevilisasissy.com John Saleeby

    He will be unemployed very soon.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    “I’m sorry I got in trouble and now have to apologize, but hey, at least I’m step ahead of Baldwin, right? Right?”

  • arttie

    Did MSNBC get some calls from their income sources, the sponsors. Its not a smart move pissing off half of your potential customers.

  • DaMonk

    Why does he still have a job?

    • lainer51

      the hire, reward and retain low- life hosts, no matter how vile.

  • Texan357

    Leftists operate from what they KNOW is usually a protected, untouchable position – regardless of the fact that it comes from unabashed, froth-mouthed hatred – and become so addicted to that protection that they don’t even know when they overstep their bounds, like anyone with an unhealthy addiction who has an “enabler” to cover their disease. Here’s the thing – they’re actually being honest (if ONLY in this) in their rabid, insensate hatred. Their water has been carried for so long, however, that they think they can get away with everything – and who can blame them, since the MSM will either ignore, or provide cover for (e.g. “misspoke” or “incorrect promise”), whatever they do? I’ve said it before (and will say it again): Leftists operate from positions of hatred, evil, illogic and hypocrisy. Conservatives operate from positions of love, good, logic, and consistency. That our country has become so corrupt that the BLATANT hypocrisy and hatred of the Left is completely ignored if not outright condoned is worrisome, to say the least.

  • TheOriginalDonald

    What does Alec Baldwin think?

  • ’46 one time hippy

    Why I never have, or ever shall watch MSNBC.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Waste of electricity. Waste of time.

  • conservative2012

    Wait for it! This isn’t the first time Bashir has said something hateful and low-class.

    • NPDeeDee

      Amen! How does this guy have ANY job in broadcasting? Imagine a male on the right saying same thing about D.W Schultz–or Pelosi.

  • http://atlantarofters.blogspot.com/ The Sanity Inspector

    Well actually, that was a pretty good apology. None of the usual “If anyone was offended, then…” dodge.

    • mickeyco

      Small of me, I know, but deep down I wish it hadn’t been quite so good. His original statement was so vile and hateful, and I couldn’t stand him to start, I don’t want to admire a single thing about him. I’m not going to do anything dumb like watch him, but still….

  • Kristy Patullo

    When the human being is Sarah Palin, all bets are off. The more vile, the better, in MSNBC’s opinion. He looks and sounds sincere. But I’m not buying it. What he said was so vile and vulgar, so beyond the pale, I can’t believe that he doesn’t still harbor that kind of hate for Sarah Palin. He is a truly evil person. And I sincerely hope that Gov. Palin does not accept his apology.

    • HanaFiveO

      Shes a magnanimous person, she will with good grace accept the apology if she acknowledges the situation at all.

  • blg_wv

    Maybe Hayes and Madcow enjoy your party appetizers.
    But what goes on behind closed doors . . .

  • lainer51

    I would give half my paycheck to see Todd Palin and Marty Batshat in a room together for 15 minutes!!

  • HanaFiveO

    A suspension was definitely in order. Not a bad apology tho for a prog. Direct and to the point. Bet that really hurt.

  • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

    Maybe it’s me, but Bashir’s apology (though certainly appropriate and not as weasely as some “apologies”) seemed to be an act. Remember, Bashir had an entire weekend to let his words make their way into the public consciousness before he had to man up and say sorry.

    • Markward

      it was pre-written, most likely by a PR type..

  • Michele Pullara Allen

    Fire him!

  • Sakemoto

    Bashir, Toure, and Baldwin. Very competent management to hire those people. Who exactly is in charge at that hell-hole?

    • syvyn11

      His name is Phil Griffin. And he’s the guy that hired Keith Olbermann three times.

      • Sakemoto

        Thanks for the info.

  • syvyn11

    He didn’t mean one damn word that he said. He said the words that MSNBC legal gave him to stop the ripping by the Conservative grass roots media.

  • Randy

    If he says it and no one is watching…does it make a sound. all of these MSNBC Jackasses get more views on the internet for making ridiculous statements than they have viewers. the MSNBC Brass prob begs them to say stupid shit so they have to apologize

  • Pat Arnold

    Things I would like to say around Marin Bashir: “Hey, is that Todd Palin? Boy he looks mad!!”

  • descolada9

    I don’t give a flying fig how much he apologizes. He is still scum and should have no voice on the public airwaves. But then, if it weren’t for us Conservatives who call them on this crap, they wouldn’t have any viewers at all.

  • Red Fred

    The apology was weird too. Yikes.

  • Guest

    Bashir’s apology for his disgusting comments came after it was discovered that he once used a slavery analogy.
    http://www.examiner.com/article/martin-bashir-suggests-sarah-palin-ingest-feces-for-a-comparison-he-made-2011

    This kind of commentary is typical of MSNBC. It is hateful and vicious character assassination day-in, day-out. By the way, If another pundit had spouted these comments about a Democratic Woman like Hillary Clinton a simple apology would never be enough.

  • frank.castro.primoy

    Why anyone would watch MSNBC to begin with is baffling. Bashir is repugnant at best.

  • ASL_65

    if it wasn’t for the conservative media, I, like the millions of other people who ignore MSNBC, would have never heard this story and say to myself, Who the hell is Bashir??

  • littleones

    21st Century DIRTFT: apologize.

  • cltcat

    I feel a raise coming his way. They’re just happy somebody talking about the network

  • Bryant

    Audience? They actually have one (I mean, other than their families)??

  • Ed McDowell

    Bashir changes name to “THE ARISTOCRAT”