WaPo Reporter: Bashir 'Fired' over Palin Remarks Because Outrage Never Abated
On Sunday, a media reporter for the Washington Post said he believed that MSNBC had fired host Martin Bashir because conservatives were relentless and did not quit in hammering Bashir and MSNBC for Bashir's suggestion that someone should urinate and defecate in the mouth of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Bashir resigned from MSNBC last week, nearly a month after he made his scripted remarks on his MSNBC program.
Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources with host Brian Stelter, the Post's Paul Farhi said "the outrage was from the right, the idea that Sarah Palin and, by the way, a woman, obviously was being attacked was part of the outrage."
He said it was a relentless "campaign that just did not quit."
"I think the reality is probably that he was asked to leave," he continued. "That is to say he was fired, but in the legal world in which we live, perhaps they couldn't exactly say that."
Immediately after Bashir made his remarks, conservative outlets like Breitbart News, Truth Revolt, and Newsbusters kept hammering Bashir and MSNBC for its hypocrisy in not disciplining him.
In addition, SarahPAC, Palin's political action committee, sent a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NBC News President Deborah Turness, which Breitbart News exclusively obtained, that mentioned that MSNBC had set a precedent of firing and disciplining 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 read. "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?"
The letter concluded 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."
After SarahPAC's letter, media critics--like the Baltimore Sun's David Zurawik--started to not only call out MSNBC for its double standard but also those associated with MSNBC and NBC--like Chuck Todd, Joe Scarborough, and Tom Brokaw--for their silence on the matter, especially since they espouse the need for civility and bipartisanship.