Martin Bashir And MSNBC Part Ways Following Sarah Palin Smear

Martin Bashir is gone from MSNBC. He submitted his resignation today from the cable news channel.

On November 15, Martin Bashir made some vile and disgusting scripted remarks about former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on his low-rated, daily MSNBC show. The following Monday, Bashir offered a groveling apology for those remarks.

Since then, Bashir supposedly was on vacation.

In the interim, even Alec Baldwin questioned why he was sacked by MSNBC while Martin Bashir at least then still had a show on the network.

Today, Bashir quit his job as a host on MSNBC, although who knows if behind the scenes he might have been pushed out.

Bashir released the following statement about his exit from the Obama-supporting cable network:

After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday.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. I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers –who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast.”

MSNBC President Phil Griffin offered these comments about the Martin Bashir departure:

“Martin Bashir resigned today, effective immediately. I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with MSNBC. Martin is a good man and respected colleague — we wish him only the best.”

The network plans to announce a replacement to take over Bashir’s 4 pm Eastern time slot soon.

Martin Bashir is hardly the only liberal that seems to have zero tolerance for politically or economically conservative women. Last week, for example, a Democrat lawmaker in New Hampshire on social media rudely compared GOP Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia to Kim Kardashian.

According to Baltimore Sun columnist David Zurawik, “They don’t do news at MSNBC any more. They just do propaganda. And you can only attack your ideological enemies so long before you find yourself in the realm of hate speech as Bashir did. I hope this event will help Comcast come to understand how deeply Griffin and his cynical programming strategy have damaged the brand of NBC News and the network in general.”

Do you think Martin Bashir voluntarily resigned from his MSNBC gig?

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