Exclusive Letter—Palin PAC to MSNBC: When Will Bashir Be Disciplined?
Breitbart News has exclusively obtained a letter that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, wrote to the presidents of NBC News and MSNBC on Tuesday asking whether MSNBC will discipline anchor Martin Bashir for his "appalling" statement on his show last Friday in which he suggested someone should defecate and/or urinate in Palin's mouth.
Bashir apologized on his show on Monday for his remarks, saying they were "offensive" and "wholly inappropriate." But no disciplinary action has been taken against him.
The letter, addressed to NBC News president Deborah Turness and MSNBC president Phil Griffin and signed by SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford, asks whether MSNBC disciplines its anchors based on the"target of the remarks rather than the remarks themselves."
After applauding the network's decision to suspend Alec Baldwin over his anti-gay slur, Crawford's letter asks: "We would now like to know what disciplinary measures you are taking about Martin Bashir’s appalling statement on his MSNBC show last Friday that someone should defecate and/or urinate in Governor Palin’s mouth because she used the word 'slavery' to describe the burden the federal debt will have on future generations of Americans."
It also mentions that MSNBC has set a precedent of firing and discipling other anchors for "offensive language."
"You fired Don Imus for offensive language in describing the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball team, you suspended Alec Baldwin, and yet nothing has happened to Mr. Bashir," the letter reads. "Are we to assume then, that disciplinary procedures at your network take place based on the target of the remarks rather than the remarks themselves?"
Last week, MNSBC suspended Alec Baldwin's show, Up With Alec Baldwin, for two weeks after Baldwin was caught on camera using anti-gay slurs at a photographer on the streets of New York.
The letter notes that "Mr. Baldwin’s anti-gay slur was not uttered while he was on the air on your network, but Mr. Bashir’s violent rhetoric was."
The letter concludes by saying, "Americans deserve to know that your network doesn’t condone violent and hateful rhetoric directed at anyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or political persuasion."