Martin Bashir opened his Monday program by apologizing for his comments on Friday that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin deserved to have someone “p*ss” and “s***” in her mouth thanks to her comments comparing the massive federal debt to enslavement of future generations. As part of his apology he said,
The politics of vitriol and destruction is a miserable place to be, and a miserable person to become. And I promise that I will take the opportunity to learn from this experience.
But Martin Bashir is not the only villain in this most recent incident. MSNBC itself is culpable. Network management encourages the kind of hatred that came out of Bashir's mouth on Friday. As late as Sunday evening at 10:50 PM the network was still promoting Bashir's repugnant rhetoric (see picture above) calling it a "remedial course on the physical scars and humiliation of slavery." Some fourteen hours after Bashir's mea culpa, the MSNBC's tweet promoting his "remedial course" was still up---it still linked to the video of Bashir's repugnant speech, which is still available for viewing on the network's web site.
The real scandal is that Bashir's words were not an accident. With few exceptions, the MSNBC lineup is filled with people who use vitriol and false accusations to draw an audience instead of honest, thought-provoking commentary. For example, their prime-time lineup includes a man who labeled Laura Ingraham a "talk slut," a man who called Jews "diamond merchants," a homophobic actor with anger management issues, and a former congressional staffer who finds racism in the words "Chicago," "we," and "black hole," alongside Bashir. It is difficult not to surmise that hate-filled rants are a goal of network management.
In the end, Friday's vile words might have come out of Martin Bashir's mouth, but they were placed there by network chief Phil Griffin and his staff. They too, should be apologizing and trying to "to learn from this experience."