MSNBC host Martin Bashir resigned Wednesday amid continued fallout from comments he made two weeks ago in a scathing commentary that ended with the suggestion that someone should sh*t in Sarah Palin’s mouth. Bashir apologized in his next broadcast, but the fallout continued.
Here’s the statement Martin Bashir issued to Mediaite via email:
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.’
Not to excuse Martin Bashir’s crude comments but it all stemmed from Sarah Palin insensitively comparing our debt to China as slavery, considering blacks were enslaved and treated like sh*t in this country. So much for holding Sarah Palin accountable.