Fox News' The O' Reilly Factor on Wednesday featured a discussion between Bill O’Reilly and media critic Howard Kurtz attacking MSNBC’s reluctance to punish Host Martin Bashir over the revolting comments he made about Sarah Palin.
Kurtz said he was stunned MSNBC hasn't suspended Bashir for a significant length of time, especially when one considers that Alec Baldwin was suspended for two weeks, and his comments were not even made on his MSNBC program. He added that Bashir's comments were scripted and thus approved by the executive producers.
O’Reilly agreed, saying that MSNBC should fired Bashir's "butt,” or, at the very least, utter “a single syllable” to denounce his comments. He added that MSNBC has "been on the air 17 years, and they have a long history of vicious, vile, personal smears against conservative Americans."
The Fox media critic came armed with breaking news about Sarah Palin's anger over NBC News' lack of action regarding Bashir. Matt Lauer was supposed to visit Sarah Palin close to Christmas and interview her for The Today Show.
Palin has now canceled Lauer's scheduled trip to Wasilla, a source close to her tells me. It's not because Palin is upset with Lauer or the "Today" show, but as a protest against NBC for not taking action against Bashir.
He added that Tim Crawford, treasurer of Palin's political action committee, told NBC News President Deborah Turness and MSNBC President Phil Griffin "Americans deserve to know that your network doesn't condone violent and hateful rhetoric."
With their discussion, the two made a strong statement against MSNBC for promoting these types of attacks with its silence. Not said, but equally important, is that with the silence of the entire mainstream media news community about this incident they are also complacent. If it was Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, or Glenn Beck making the kind of vile statement made by Bashir, the story would have lead off every broadcast and cable network's news reports.