December 4th, 2013
04:26 PM ET
10 months ago

Bashir resigns from MSNBC over Palin comments

(CNN) – MSNBC host Martin Bashir said in a statement Wednesday that he would resign from the network following comments he made about former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Bashir apologized on-air last month after suggesting that Palin deserved graphic punishment for comparing U.S. foreign debt to slavery. Palin later canceled an appearance on NBC's "Today."

Following intense backlash for the incendiary comments, Bashir elected to temporarily take additional time off during 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," he said in the statement.

"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."

The president of MSNBC, Phil Griffin, also issued a statement confirming that Bashir would step down and wishing him the best.

"Martin Bashir resigned today, effective immediately. I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with msnbc. Martin is a good man and respected colleague – we wish him only the best."

Palin responded to Bashir's initial comments last month.

"Everybody in life takes shots," she said "Fox News Sunday." "I don't have to accept his words – his vile, evil comments. So they don't have to affect me. I move on and I charge forth."

Also last month, the network discontinued former host Alec Baldwin's show "Up Late" after he reportedly yelled anti-gay slurs at a photographer outside his home in New York. Baldwin later apologized for the angry rant in a post to MSNBC's website.

After his show was canceled, Baldwin called on the network to also force Bashir to leave, pointing to his controversial comments.

"Martin Bashir's on the air, and he made his comment on the air!" Baldwin told Gothamist last week.

Bashir's resignation was first reported by Mediaite.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


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  1. Bobbi

    Laverne

    Republicans continue to say the most hateful things about Obama, especially on FOX new and nothing is ever done about it because it is an acceptable culture to them.
    You live like an ostrich with it's head in the sand. Fox says the truth about Obama. It's the only news that does. You can accept the truth. You and all your liberals have destroyed this nation.

    December 5, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Mrs Ed Miller

    At least Bashir HAD a career. And I expect he'll land on his feet. Palin, on the other hand, is fluff at best and will indeed continue to charge forth in the same mindless loop she's been charging forth in for years. Here's hoping one day she'll actually notice the scenery isn't changing ...

    December 5, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Dave

    I watch MSNBC when I have the need to see circus clowns perform.

    December 5, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Keyser

    C'mon Bashir,...read between the lines....on Palin's palm notes. Sarah is busy reading all of her nameless publications.

    December 5, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Pam from Iowa

    Resigning over something said about Sarah Palin is like resigning because of something you said about Kim Kardashian.
    I also do not understand the fascination with these celebrities......both are dumber than a box of rocks.........

    December 5, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Kabe

    Hmmm...I recall someone (palin) saying Obama palled around with terrorists and received uproarious cheers from her righty pals. The times they have changed!

    December 5, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. REALconservative

    I can't stand Bashir but I really hope they didn't force him to resign...whatever happened to free speech?

    December 5, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'm very disappointed in MSNBC because what Paling said was offensives to Black people and they give her a pass. My view of MSNBC has changed. Goodbye MSNBC, I'm resigning.

    December 5, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Martha

    How funny is the outrage from the lef tards! EVERY time you are called on the carpet you scream.....but but but FOX news did it too....WHAH! All if you are a bunch of whiny Alec Baldwins.

    Take responsibility for what comes out of your pie h0le,like Bashir did and you would have MUCH more cred, babies.

    Until then, take your ball and go home and cry to your mommies.

    December 5, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Martha

    How funny is the outrage from the left! Every time you are called on the carpet you scream.....but but but FOX news did it too... All if you are a bunch of w h I n y Alec Baldwins.

    Take responsibility for what you say,like Bashir did and you would have MUCH more credability.

    Until then, take your ball and go home and cry to your mommies.

    December 5, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. A King

    The truth is that Palin is the one that should have apologized for the ridiculous comparison! However, as I do not particularly find her to be very intelligent, she may have an excuse. Ignorance! There has been a conscious effort to understate the historical and current effects of slavery. Specifically, in an effort to reinforce their self-image and accept credit for their accomplishments secured on the backs of others, many non-black individuals have resorted to making outrageously misguided comparisons to slavery as a way of downplaying any role slavery played and continues to play in their life's achievements. Fact is, the methodology utilized by the slave masters worked and continue to enjoy long lasting effects. For example, prohibiting learning to read and write, murdering the intelligent, repeatedly breaking the spirit of slaves as to curtail hope, promoting fighting amongst slaves by treating them differently based on the shade of their skin, teaching that God's book the Bible promotes slavery, repeatedly separating families as to create a disconnect of the family unit and proclaiming that blacks were beasts and not men and women; therefore they will always be inferior to those in the white race. As the majority of universities require that students take both psychology and sociology, I am bewildered as to how so many professed well educated individuals are able to forget; (1) the self-fulfilling prophecy; (2) the long lasting effects of psychological oppression; (3) the role a person's immediate living environment plays; and (4) the long lasting effect of the aforementioned methodology utilized by the slave masters. This in conjunction with what appears to be a need to redefine what a modern racist is has created a significant hurdle for Blacks (African Americans). Many currently only consider someone that routinely utilizes the "N" word and is open and notorious about their hated of blacks. This interpretation has allowed many white American business owners to discriminate against the descendants of slaves. For example, many companies have been able to skirt the laws and being labeled as making hiring decisions based on race by hiring those they are comfortable with. Unfortunately, many of those they are comfortable with also physically resemble them. Consequently, if you are in upper to middle management and you look left, right, then above, you will likely only see white. To this fact, there is no LEGITIMATE On a side note...just how is it that many of the descendants of the enslaver come to hold such a hatred for the descendants of the enslaved? Unfortunately, as slavery's atrocities were so great and effects so long lasting, there is no comparison I can use as an illustration. Retooling the definition of racist for today, a racist is someone

    December 5, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. B

    MSNBC has just lost me as a viewer. Martin Bashear used his right to free speech to respond to Palin's incendiary, uneducated remarks. Bashear is one of the best commentators on TV. Palin is the most uneducated, devious politicians on the planet. If she ever became our President it would be like having the Dictator of North Korea in the White House.
    Brenda Wilson

    December 5, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Arlene G

    I love how the Fox dumbos coo about how their channel has such great ratings. Fox is the best friend of the low information voter, many of whom have posted here. Watching Fox, their news MUST be taken as gospel; no using Google to see if they are spewing lies. Yes they spew plenty of lies, and they have the low information voters' rapt attention. Is Fox proud that the collective IQ of their watchers is around 80?

    December 5, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Bashir is a fool for commenting on what comes out of that imbecile's mouth. She is nothing and should be treated as nothing. Palin should be ignored and she can go on milking money from her cult following.

    December 5, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. A King

    Sorry, a computer glitch prematurely ended my previous post. TO this fact, there is no LEGITIMATE reason or excuse. On a side note...just how is it that many of the descendants of the enslaver come to hold such a hatred for the descendants of the enslaved? Unfortunately, as slavery's atrocities were so great and effects so long lasting, there is no comparison I can use as an illustration. Retooling the definition of racist for today: (A racist is someone that makes decisions that negative affects or views a person of another race that is "guided or initiated" by that person's race, even if they make other arguments to support their decision. e.g. any and all arguments that another race is somehow engineered inferior to promote superiority based on immutable characteristics. Individuals that become angry and profess how tired they are of those of another race bringing up FACTUAL accounts of the disparities that exists in society.)

    December 5, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. FedUp2

    What's the big deal with what he said? Any random Yahoo Flickr account from Germany will show you the same thing being done for fun. Add some high heals and leather and you get the next 50 Shades classic.

    December 5, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Leeta

    Who listen to Palin anyways? Her son is divorced, her unmarried daughter has a daughter out of wedlock. Is that what you call a Christian VALUE? SHAME ON HER!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    What's most ironic about all of this is that Bashir was railing against Palin for her own offensive remarks about slavery. Palin had known that her remarks would be found offensive by some people, but no one in her audience, of course, because she had prefaced them with an apology. I guess apologizing before you insult people must make it okay to do.

    December 5, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Indyswimmer66

    And... why would... should... anyone care what Palin says? She had her 15 minutes. She's just a footnote.

    December 5, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. E Yanow

    How awful. Shame on MSNBC. Sarah Palin has said awful things herself and has intimated worse.

    December 5, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Baaaawaaawaaa

    I will not vote Democratic/Progressive until every DINO appologizes to the Nice lady Sara Palin!

    December 5, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. lilyq

    He should have been fired.

    December 5, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. happynurse

    she is a disgrace, with all her lies and inappropriate behavior. I wish she would just fall off the face of the earth

    December 5, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. OrangePekoe

    There is no truth on Conservative channels. It's all pure invention.

    December 5, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. remedypaul2

    Its not mean if its true. Just saying.....

    December 5, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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