After a voicemail that embattled Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito left teammate Jonathan Martin surfaced in which Incognito used the “N-word” and threatened to defecate in Martin’s mouth, female anchors on MSNBC–such as pseudo-Republican Abby Huntsman on The Cycle–were shocked, with Hunstman saying she hoped Incognito’s career would be over because of his workplace harassment and bullying.
When their co-worker Martin Bashir suggested last week that someone should defecate and urinate in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s mouth, though, the women of MSNBC have been silent, even as many of them spent the 2012 election season helping Democrats gin up the “war on women” rhetoric against Republicans. Had Bashir’s disgusting words toward a mother of five been aimed at any other woman, they most likely would have been met with considerable outrage, especially by women.
Interestingly enough, some of the MSNBC women were whistling quite a different tune when it came to Incognito, who was suspended indefinitely after the alleged bullying of Martin. A transcript of a voicemail Incognito left for Martin included, “I want to s— in your f—ing mouth.”
Silence mixed with hypocrisy.
For instance, MSNBC anchor Alex Witt sounded shocked when she discovered Incognito was getting support from Dolphins players (4:50).
Yet, Witt has taken the Fifth so far when it comes to Bashir’s comments.
Similarly, MSNBC host Chris Jansing spoke of “shockwaves” and a “disturbing” NFL story when discussing Incognito’s bullying. She even showed a text of Incognito’s words including his defecation comment, but as Jansing put it, “We’re not gonna read you the text of the voicemail but you can see there the level of harassment”
Incognito’s voicemail was too vile to even read on the air. But when co-worker Bashir said far worse on the network’s airwaves, though, not a peep from Jansing.
So, where’s the outrage? MSNBC seems to be looking at the target of the words rather than the words themselves, as Palin’s PAC, SarahPAC, wrote in letter exclusively obtained by Breitbart News to MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NBC News President Deborah Turness.
Bashir has apologized, saying his words were “offensive” and “wholly inappropriate.”
But if the target is Palin, the same politically-correct groups that want to teach tolerance and explain the ins and outs of the “war on women” run and hide, putting no pressure on MSNBC to discipline Bashir for his violent and misogynistic remarks. And MSNBC, after firing Don Imus for offensive comments he made on the air in 2007 and suspending Alec Baldwin for his anti-gay remarks off the air, have not even commented on the matter.
Where would Martin Bashir be today if he made those comments about someone else? Hillary Clinton, perhaps? What about Michelle Obama? Or what if it weren’t a woman at all? Imagine if he had said such vile things about a football player?