The MSNBC host came under fire after suggesting someone should defecate or urinate in the former Alaska Governor’s mouth during his show Friday. Bashir received a bevy of criticism for his comments and offered up a sincere apology to the 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee.
“Last Friday, on this broadcast,I made some comments which were deeply offensive and directed at Gov. Sarah Palin. I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin, and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said,” Bashir 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.”
He continued, saying, “In the battle of ideas, America leads the world in whole-hearted discussions and disagreements,” he continued, “and these arguments can be heard on a daily basis. But what I did on Friday had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with that great tradition, and I am deeply sorry. Upon reflection, I so wish that I had been more thoughtful, more considerate, more compassionate. but I was not. And what I said is now a matter of public record.
“But if I could add something to the public record it would be this: That I deeply regret what I said, and that I have learned a sober lesson in these last few days. That 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. My hope is that it will renew in me a spirit of humility and humanity, that looks for the good and that builds upon the great things that this country has to offer to all of us, regardless of our political persuasion. This will be my guiding light and compass in the days ahead. But once again, I am truly sorry for what I said on Friday.”
During his show Friday, Bashir criticized Palin’s comparison of the national debt to slavery. He referenced the diary of Thomas Thistlewood, an overseer in Jamaica, in which Thistlewood detailed how slaves were treated in the 1700s. The MSNBC host then said Palin should be treated to “Darby’s Dose,” where someone defecates and urinates in her mouth and eyes.
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