In the opinion segment of his Nov. 18 MSNBC show, Martin Bashir wanted to discredit a comparison thatSarah Palin made between public debt and slavery by pointing out just how barbaric the institution was.
He cited the diaries of a slave overseer named Thomas Thistlewood, who took “copious notes” for nearly 40 years about his experiences on the island of Jamaica. Referring to the “cruelty and brutality” of Thistlewood’s regime, Bashir recounted how he once punished a slave who’d been caught “eating canes,” by requiring another slave to defecate into the mouth of the transgressor. In another incident, a slave was forced to urinate into the eyes and mouth of another.
With those incidents, Bashir hoped to expose the absurdity of Palin’s comparison.
But he wasn’t finished. He ended with this:
“When Ms. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance, she confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.”
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This was on a Friday. By Monday, he was apologizing…to Palin herself, to her friends, family, her supporters, MSNBC viewers and “anyone who may have heard what I said.”
“My words were wholly unacceptable,” said Bashir. “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.”
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