And so as he flies the blue lady of the skies into the sunset, we say “Aloha, 5 O’clock Marty!” and return to our duties. Let me remind you the Weblog is open 24 hours for your dining and dancing pleasure.
As William A. Jacobson notes at Legal Insurrection, Bashir is resigning (read: likely being shown the door) after he “infamously suggested that someone sh** and p*** in Sarah Palin’s mouth because she used the (quite common) analogy of national debt to slavery.”
Jacobson quotes from Bashir’s resignation statement:
Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.
What exactly makes MSNBC “special?” Other than calling everyone to Obama’s right a racist, calling for the deaths of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin when they opposed Mr. Obama in 2008, hiring pundits with a history of anti-semitism and trutherism, trashing the men who created the platform from which they broadcast, deceptively editing videos, and believing that your children belong to the state, that is.
Here’s the disgusting rant from Bashir last month. Just as with the age of Caligula and the Weimar Republic, future historians will study this speech as a key mile marker for a culture’s descent into madness.
Update: “In a barrel full of rotten apples, he really was the worst,” Allahpundit writes, with links to some of Bashir’s most refined and classy journalistic stylings:
This is a guy who took Mormon-themed digs at Mitt Romney; brought on a shrink to analyze the allegedly violent, possibly psychotic tendencies of tea partiers; accused Republicans of treating the word “IRS” as a racist dog-whistle against Obama; and wondered if Rick Santorum wasn’t some sort of theocratic second coming of Stalin. When Steve Jobs died two years ago, he turned his on-air eulogy into an excuse to — ta da — bash Sarah Palin again. All of this is par for the course on MSNBC so imagine Bashir’s surprise, after all of that, upon finding out that introducing a little actual rhetorical scat into the figurative scat-flinging at righties was an unpardonable sin worthy of suspension. I’ll bet he’s mystified even now.
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) December 4, 2013
Actually, a far better question is: who in old media mentioned the story to attack the rhetoric of Bashir and NBC, the bottom-feeding network that hired him?
When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks went ballistic, making the conservative talk show host a centerpiece in their campaign to tarnish Mitt Romney and the GOP as engaging in a “war on women.” However when MSNBC’s Martin Bashir launched his own war on women against Sarah Palin, not a single anchor or reporter from the Big Three said a word about his vile attack.
That’s par for the course for old media, which also defended Dan Rather at the peak of the Rathergate scandal.