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. NYVeteran

    When does she apologize for her slavery remarks which are everything Bashir said and more.

    November 24, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. wolf

    He makes the comments about her ignorance, then apologizes and what does she do? Say something stupid about the "attacks" conservative women get all the time. PLEASE don't run for 2016 Presidential elections, Sarah, please.

    November 24, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Guitta Dabe

    The bigger question is one of double standards. Had the target of a much less incendiary remark been a liberal-leaning minority group, an apology would certainly not been enough, and the person who uttered the non-PC words (even if not meant to be offensive) would have been pursued relentlessly until that doomed individual's reputation, career, and very livelihood been completely and utterly destroyed. Examples of such a case abound.

    November 24, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. cliffndort

    I do not like Sarah Palin, but Bashir did owe her an apology. He could have easily refuted Palin's slavery comment in a dignified and factual manner, but he chose to make it an extremely, and I will use Sarah's description, "vile" personal attack by saying that she should be subjected to the same torture, with feces and urine placed in a slave's mouth as punishment.
    That went wall beyond civilized discourse. I glad he did apologize, and Sarah took the high road by accepting his apology.
    Maybe he learned something about being civil, even to people he doesn't like.

    November 24, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Conjuring Cat

    Yeah, the "half-governator" who has made an entire career out of martyring herself more often than Joan of Arc is "moving on." And in other news, the moon is made of green cheese...

    November 24, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Diogenes

    People are far too free with degrading remarks, espeially those in the media. It is those in the media who should confine themselves to reporting, and not judging.

    November 24, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Peace

    I love it. First send the message, make sure it is received, then apologise.

    November 24, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Bill

    Always enjoyable, to watch the 2-faced MSNBC, who try to act all high and mighty, heads above their hated foes, yet prove, again and again, that they are everything they accuse the conservatives of being, and more!

    November 24, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. John in Brooklyn

    Sarah Palin should know a lot about cheap shots. She and Michelle Bachman are the QUEENS of Cheap Shots!

    November 24, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. laurie

    he should have been fired.

    November 24, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. jassie

    I am not a fan of Palin but the nastiness that the left likes to throw at her is outrageous. If another network personality said the same thing (that Martin said) but substituted Hillary or Nancy Pelosi's name for Palins... would the networks cover it the same? Would be interesting to see it put to the test.

    November 24, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. sonnie3

    In reading most of the foregoing comments, I detected a lot of jealousy. What's the matter? does she make to much sense for you liberals?

    November 24, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Palin makes Bashir look like a true scumbag, for his commentary. Plain is ten times the person Bashir is.

    November 24, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. TLORop

    He's right though.

    November 24, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Phil Thomas

    Why is she getting an apology ? Any coverage of this should be counter balanced by the negative, hateful and careless things has said about the president. The posters with bulls eye targets she distributed, Bashir's comments were tacky and classless and he really damages the discourse. However Palin has dished out enough vitriol to be able to take it

    November 24, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Shannon

    What he said was not ok to say to anyone! Those of you on here saying it was acceptable are completely without class.

    November 24, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. kxr

    I have heard so many times from Democrats that Republicans are at war with women.
    Bashir's comments show how much Democrats are in love with women. Especially with the most successful, independent, articulate, unafraid, good looking, family oriented ones. And majority of comments in this blog just prove my point.

    November 24, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Thomas

    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.

    I agree with you .
    Palin wears a hat that say's Victim / Volunteer ! You never want to lower yourself into the hog pen especially as a journalist.
    It's best not to get down to there level.

    Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter are masters of the Victim / Volunteer strategy , They can avoid one issue by diverting the real issue to an attack on there intellect, arrogance and ignorance .

    November 24, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. Name iSeeWhatUdont

    Im inclined to agree Mccain was never looking like a poor choice intil he added palin to his ticket ...... so much for try to pick up on hilary's women's vote he would have been better off on his own

    November 24, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Palin regards herself as a modern day Paul Revere . I think History will regard her more as lipstick on a caribou .

    November 24, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Kenneth C. Krieger

    Obama lies and you love him. Sarah Palin tells the truth and you hate her. You folks are slime. Kenneth Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    November 24, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Not Too Hard To Understand

    But to be fair, Bashir was correct when he said Palin is ignorant. That's just a simple fact that no rational person will debate.

    November 24, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Jean Sartre

    I personally agree with ALL of Martin Bashir's original statement; there is no need for him to apologize or be disciplined. Mrs. Palin has set herself up with countless degrading rants on just about everyone; turnabout is certainly fair play.
    Unfortunately, even if Mrs. Palin were to receive the punishment described in the diary of Thomas Thistlewood, she would only enjoy it or learn absolutely nothing from it...

    November 24, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Carol

    Palin is the most vindictive person out there. She has never moved on from a negative comment – she goes after people all the time!

    November 24, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Terry B

    Does she ever complain about being known as the dumbest person ever to run for national office? Dan Quayle is so happy to have helped remove that tag from himself. You can always tell what is best for the country by simply believing exactly the opposite of anything she says.

    November 24, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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