November 24th, 2013
03:22 PM ET
9 years ago

Sarah Palin on Martin Bashir comments: ‘I move on and I charge forth’

(CNN) - Sarah Palin responded publicly for the first time Sunday on the nasty comments thrown her way by MSNBC host Martin Bashir, who later apologized for saying she deserved degrading punishment.

"Everybody in life takes shots," the former Alaska governor said on "Fox News Sunday." "You have a decision to make when you take a shot. Are you going to become bitter or better? In a case like this, you know, 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."

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Bashir ripped into the 2008 vice presidential nominee after she compared the United States' foreign debt to slavery. Blasting her use of the metaphor, he read excerpts from the diaries of Thomas Thistlewood, who wrote about the horrific treatment of slaves in Jamaica in the 18th century, including a punishment that involved defecating and urinating in a slave’s mouth.

Bashir said that "when Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn't just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate."

After facing intense criticism for his comments, Bashir apologized Monday.

"I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers and anyone who may have heard what I said," the MSNBC host said.

MSNBC did not announce any disciplinary action against Bashir, despite suspending another host, Alec Baldwin, for two weeks after he made homophobic remarks.

Palin said the reason why Bashir got away with his comments had more to do with the target of his remarks than the rant itself, adding that "conservative women" are frequently attacked in what she calls the "media elite bubble."

When women take offense, she added, the media "usually just kind of pooh-pooh it, laugh it off; it's no big deal."

Palin said if he had verbally attacked someone who's less high-profile - like a child or someone without a vocal platform like hers – only then would the former governor have fought back.

"If you want to see a mama grizzly get riled up and slap that person down, then you come after a vulnerable child," she said. "In this case, he didn't come after a vulnerable child. I can defend myself and, you know, I can take it."

Asked if she accepted his apology, Palin said, "Who am I not to accept an apology?"

"Everyone must humble themselves and accept that offer ... of apology," she said. Palin also implied that Bashir had called her personally to apologize.

But, she warned, if someone calls to apologize to her again, she said she wants that person to go through her husband or one of her kids first.

"Leave the message with them," she said. "Hear what they have to say about it, and then they can come to me."

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Thomas Jackson

    I missed Bashir's original comments, so thanks for the recap.
    Bashir should have said that Palin's name should become as obscure as the abused slaves cited.

    November 24, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. labman57

    The Whining Wannabe from Wasilla once again attempts to portray herself as a poor maligned victim of media persecution as she selflessly performs"God's work" ... by uttering banal, ignorant, snarky comments on matters about which she clearly has only a superficial understanding.

    Palin has made a career of spewing petty insults directed at anyone whose socio-political views conflict with hers.
    As the old adage says - what goes around eventually comes around.

    November 24, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. RNK

    I am not sure why he had to apologize. And he did Not "get away with it" – he apologized.
    Getting away with it would have meant that he would have done as Palin as done and made nasty, racist comments and never had to apologize.
    Sarah needs to fade away.

    November 24, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Roscoe Chait

    Bashir should never have apologized. He was right about her.

    November 24, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Keep up the Sarah nonsense... We love laughing at her!

    November 24, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. PtBarnumBoy

    Judging from some of the stuff that has come out of her mouth I doubt she would she'd even know something was awry.

    November 24, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Mark

    Why apologise to that harpy? My idea of the perfect torture would be to be forced to listen to her talk 24/7.

    November 24, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Another Voice

    I have never thought of Sarah Palin as a mental lightweight and low class loser, but I have to give her credit for accepting Bashir's apology with some dignity. I think most politicians (and most of the CNN commenters) nowadays would react with hostility and nastiness.

    I still have no reason to think she has any brains, but maybe she has gained a little bit of class.

    November 24, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. snowdogg

    "conservative women" are frequently over-praised in the "right wing media elite bubble."

    November 24, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Paul

    I'm no Palin fan. However, Bashir was dumb to make it personal. He could have easily addressed Palin's comments with a factual rebuttal, leaving out the personal attack. Too many on the far right and far left stoop to outlandish comments for shock value and to pander to like-minded individuals on the fringe. You don't have to go over the top to respond to Palin. There is no need as she is easy to rebut. Dumb.

    November 24, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Gunderson

    Bashir is trying to get his 15 minutes of fame. So far he is 15 minutes short.

    November 24, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. works4me

    No apology needed... he spoke the truth. She's about as smart as a cypress knee.

    November 24, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. twalk

    there is one thing about Palin you can depend on. That being she can dish it out but cannot take it. The half term Governor is the Goddess of the Republycon; Sad.

    November 24, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Rolick

    I love how she goes straight for the victim role, only conservative women get attacked in the media. Like Hillary and Nancy Pelosi are left alone and the people at Fox never try to take them down. She is not living in a bubble, but in a Snow Globe of a fantasy world. A veritable dickens village where life is storybook and snow perfectly lands on her gingerbread house and everyone else should emulate her perfect small town life.

    He just gave her some free publicity, the way to make her go away is to stop talking about her.

    November 24, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Liberal Lion

    Sarah Palin is, and has always been, "irrelevant'.

    November 24, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. janemarion

    "I move on and I charge forth", said Sarah Palin.
    That'll be the day.

    November 24, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    Bashir said the things many people are thinking and wishing. However, he is a professional and should have maintained some professional dignity. Maybe, someday, if pigs ever fly....we'll get limbaugh to apologize for HIS name-calling and personal insults. He can start with Chelsea Clinton, who was only a child when he went after her.

    November 24, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Bob Head

    Someone in NYC area needs to slap Bashir in the face and say "apology accepted".

    November 24, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Lenny Pincus

    What exactly has Palin accomplished?

    November 24, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. glen

    The nutjob from Alaska continues to get her fifteen minutes of fame. When are we going to stop seeing her in the headlines? Does she realize that some of the biggest recessions in the history of the U.S. occurred when attempts were made to pay down the debt? Does she have any clue about economics???

    November 24, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. John

    Sarah Palin has a way of bringing out the derangement and utter classlessness of Leftist boors like Bashir and the entire lowlife team of MSNBC. Her statement that caused Bashir's verbal convulsion was very true about government policies and profligate spending enslaving our youth and their futures to a debt so heavy they will be burdened by it. Only senseless idiots like Bashir fail to address the substance and instead hurl venom when they have no logical recourse to a very real problem. MSNBC's and the mainstream media's slavish subservience to Obama and all things left is the true outrage here, and truth will ultimately prevail. Sarah is right.

    November 24, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. TiredofBush

    work4me – SP doesn't know what a cypress knee is.....She is not that smart.

    November 24, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. elvis costanza

    She "pooh-poohs" his remark! Unintentionally hilarious, as she usually is. If there was ever anyone who absolutely does NOT "move" it's Ex-Governor Self-Pity with her massive enemies list.

    November 24, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Fish

    That's your problem, Sarah. You never move on, you wait in the spotlight till a better deals smack your Fannie!!! It's one thing to want fame and fortune but yet another on how you go about getting it!!! Your idiocy cheated America out of a Presidential election!!!

    November 24, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Milagros

    It seems those who disagree with Ms. Palin can only offer condescending rhetoric and hate speak. Anyone who dares stray from the DNC talking points is given a horrible label. The left practices persecution, thought suppression, and character assassination all day long on the hate speak outlets. They are both intolerant and dangerous. They are infringing on our freedoms 24×7.

    November 24, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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