Sarah Palin on Martin Bashir: Apology accepted, and let’s move on.
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 his monologue. Since then, Bashir supposedly was on vacation. Yesterday, Martin Bashir quit as an MSNBC host, although there is a lot of speculation that his resignation may not have been voluntary.
When asked about the Martin Bashir situation this morning (see embed above), Palin said in part that “My role was to accept his apology and be humble enough to accept it and move on, but just hope that unprovoked attacks like that don’t result in people being hesitant to jump in the arena anyway, to get out there and serve the public, or start a business or really commit themselves to” an important cause.
Palin added that the kind of highly personal, over-the-top hostility thrown her way was a “sad state of affairs,” but after six years of being in the public eye, she’s gotten use to attacks of this nature and that she has become “kind of calloused” to being bashed in the media by generally left-leaning critics. She added that “it’s obvious” that there is a double standard in the way the media responds or doesn’t respond to abuse heaped on politically conservative women. “The target of the attack is usually more significant that what the attack, the articulated words use, actually are. And that’s a part of that double standard.” Palin noted that she didn’t hear from one feminist after Bashir’s disgusting comments about her.
With all the talk of diversity, Martin Bashir is hardly the only liberal that seems to have zero tolerance for politically or economically conservative women such as Sarah Palin and others. Last week, for example, a Democrat lawmaker in New Hampshire on social media rudely compared GOP Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia to Kim Kardashian.
In a report on the Sarah Palin Martin Bashir controversy, the New York Daily News indicated that “It is not known if Bashir ever personally reached out to Palin to discuss the incident.”