MSNBC host Martin Bashir crossed the line when discussing Sarah Palin last Friday, hinting that the former Alaska governor deserved to have someone defecate in her mouth. Bashir was referencing the “dose of discipline” that a slave endured in the 1700s and linked it to an analogy Palin made when talking about the implications of American debut on the country.
Bashir quoted directly from the diary of a man named Thistlewood, which included his experience of seeing slaves flogged with “eating kanes” and having a slave defecate in another slave’s mouth. He then shocked listeners by stating that “when Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her ignorance. She confirms if anyone is truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate.”
Conservatives took to Twitter and expressed outrage both at Bashir and MSNBC, who is still continuing to promote the segment on its Twitter page. “You should be totally ashamed to even publicize such an obscene segment on your own network,” wrote Susan Reaney. “And you wonder why your ratings dropped? Twitter user KLSouth tweeted to MSNBC: “Your network, and the pond-scum that works for it, such as Martin Bashir, are good reasons why no one watches MNSBC.” Other Twitter user called on sponsors and advertisers to boycott Bashir’s program.
The decision to not have Bashir face any disciplinary action is seen as hypocritical by many because the network recently suspended Alec Baldwin for his alleged use of an anti-gay slur. Baldwin was taped chasing a photographer down the street and allegedly calling him a “c—sucking f–.” Baldwin said he used the term “fathead” and claimed to not know the term “c—sucking” was homophobic, but MSNBC suspended his late night talk show for two weeks in response.