Sarah Palin Cancels Interview With Today Show After MSNBC Host Proposes Scatological Punishment

The widening feud between Palin and NBC claims Matt Lauer as collateral damage

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Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin signs her new book “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas” and greets customers during an appearance at Barnes and Noble on Nov. 12, 2013, in Bethlehem Township, Pa.

Sarah Palin has canceled an interview with NBC’s Today Show after a host on its sister network, MSNBC, proposed a scatological punishment for Palin in graphic detail.

The Associated Press reports that the row began with an inflammatory comment from MSNBC’s Martin Bashir. He took offense at Palin’s comparison of U.S. indebtedness to slavery and suggested that Palin deserved a stomach-turning punishment inflicted on wayward slaves, which included defecation in the mouth and urination on the face. Bashir apologized for the remark on Monday, calling it “totally unacceptable.”

Palin’s representatives demanded that NBC executives take disciplinary action against Bashir. With no action forthcoming, she cancelled an interview with the Today Show’s Matt Lauer. Lauer was scheduled to visit Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, Alaska to discuss her new book about the spirit of Christmas.

“I have learned a sober lesson in these last few days that the politics of vitriol and destruction is a miserable place to be,” Bashir said in his public apology. Readers who want to revisit that miserable place can watch video clips of the unfolding feud, below.

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77 comments
Percy
Percy

The more we ignore Sarah Palin hopefully the faster she'll go away, one can hope. She's a world class embarrassment. Doesn't MSNBC’s Martin Bashir's comment just make common sense however? If you're going to make the analogy that US Debt is akin to US Slavery the treatment in all respects should be equally shared.

It's an idiotic analogy by a person we keep giving air time to, but I guess she's too highly prized for her entertainment value.

ggmary
ggmary

Sarah Palin is a quitter, an opportunist.


Who cares about Sarah Palin?

just4fun91
just4fun91

Slavery is bondage and Ms. Palin’s analogy, I think any open-minded person could understand, was intended to portray that we are obligating future generations of American citizens to financial bondage. Not that we intended to inflict sadistic punishment, as Mr. Bashir seemed to understand.


Ms. Palin and I do not always agree, but I think we are indeed either committing our nations children to a huge debt or we are taking upon this nation a debt which we have absolutely no intention of paying back. I believe time will show today’s political leaders really don’t plan on repaying the debt in the end.


Either way our grandchildren will look back to this era in Washington D.C. and shake their heads in disgust. 

JeffBrown
JeffBrown

At what point will stup\d f'g liberals comprehend that using such obscene vitriol doesn't give you ANY moral high ground and, in point of fact, erodes away any moral high ground that you may have had ...?


For allegedly "intelligent" people, it's breathtakingly stup\d for someone to make such an obscene statement and take the focus away from Sarah Palin's stup\dity and put it on your own?  Nice job of making Sarah Palin look like the victim, dubmass.

thgirbla
thgirbla

Good for Sarah !!!

Most of the time The Today Show just want her on the show to make fun of her or her position on something !!!

Sorry, Matt, you will have to find another punching bag !!!

dew1500
dew1500

So if Sahra Palin say something that has been said before with no repercussions she should have _________ put in her mouth. I think this man is a sick pervert.  No one deserves that treatment and it goes far beyond slavery. 

          The notion of debt slavery has been touted by the liberal media for years. Since 2009, the Huffington Post made four separate references to “debt slavery,” comparing student loan and Wall Street lending debts to slavery. These articles featured headlines such as “Slavery Legal in America Again” and “Slaves of Wall Street.”

             Huffington Post contributor Ronald Robinson even urged readers to “Sign New Emancipation Proclamation to Free Us From Debt Slavery.” Comparisons between American slavery and debt don’t get more blatant than that.

Channah
Channah

I am surprised she canceled.  I doubt if she knew what he meant.  Oh-on second though.  I guess she has people who look things up for her so she doesn't look completely stupid--just a little stupid.

bondmen
bondmen

Yeah but what happened to this MSnbc loser? Three guesses on what street corner he'll be selling pencils.

LinBarber
LinBarber

Martin was correct in his assessment.  I find nothing obscene in his statements.  You reap what you sow Sarah.

DavidHollenshead
DavidHollenshead

Martin Bashir, you should not apologize to Sarah Palin. Anyone who studies her past use of political office would discover that she spends a great deal of effort pursuing those who she does not like for her own personal reasons. This is far more serious than an ignorant remark comparing the evils of slavery to the national debt. 

Next time focus on why she resigned as Governor, why she uses terms of violence for political opponents, or what happens to her "friends" when they fall from favor. Any reasonable study of Sarah Palin will show that she is vindictive and posses none of christian morals she claims to posses. But what would one expect from a person who "targets opponents", and "friends" alike.

anti-government
anti-government

The fact that Sarah Palin is a boob with no understanding of slavery's evil  doesn't make it right to publicly propose obscene punishments for her. There are plenty of idiots on both sides of the aisle in Congress and among true believers of every religion, economic theory and polical party in the world. We should show more respect for people with whom we disagree. American society would greatly benefit from a dose of old fashioned civility from all points on the political spectrum.

This type of personal assault is wrong no matter what philosophy is espoused by the victim.

BobJan
BobJan

Reading these comments shows just low America has sunk. We've admired and elected people whom we choose to hate rather than people who will do good.

FionaHaller
FionaHaller

Oh Sarah Palin - you and Rob Ford should have lunch.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

I remember when the liberals and their organizations where singing a different tune after Rush Limbaugh viciously went after Sandra Fluke on his radio show. Now it's OK to viciously attack Sarah Palin and her special needs child, and you can do so with impunity as long as your employer is MSNBC or HBO. I'm no fan of Sarah Palin, but no one deserves that treatment from cowardly pundits.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

After all the hate and lies spewed apologetically by this woman in the last 5 years why should anyone apologize to her for anything?

thetruthhurt
thetruthhurt

Why doesn't someone take action against her for comporting indebtedness to slavery? But this shouldn't come as a surprise because she is known for idiotic statements like this.

RobertMichaelSimon
RobertMichaelSimon

Why is time soft.pedaling this horrible,vile attack on a woman?If the same were said over anyone liberal or Democrat the Media would be screaming its' collective head off.What this proves AGAIN, is the despicable bias and hate of our bigoted leftwing media "mainstream".

JimINNashville
JimINNashville

Remember when Democrats were lecturing the American public on the destructive effects of the extremely vitriolic public discourse on our national life?  What hypocrisy!  For years, they defamed Bush with all kinds of slurs, then became holier-than-thou overnight.  The depth of the hypocrisy is revealed below, as left-wingers spring to the aid of the foul-mouthed Mr. Bashir by hurling more foul-mouthed slurs.

Thanks for proving my point.

chapril
chapril

That woman is an ignorant ass. There are no words for this piece of crap. Martin Bashir has more class in his little finger then Palin has in her whole body.

joshisgems
joshisgems

I quit watching NBC and MSNBC ages ago, because of stuff like this...Now it seems to be coming back to bite them in the butt...And after Oprah's comments on BBC last week, I won't be watching her network anymore either, and I was a big fan.

WillieSoma
WillieSoma

Good. First time I ever saw the trash take itself out.

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

The old woman does not know what slavery is and Martin was absolutely correct in showing her what slavery truly is.

She got it made because only in this country one can lie and laugh all the way to the bank a la Palin...

Unless and until some of these right wing nuts walk in others ' moccasins they would  never understand for they have no brain and little education.

God - please help these souls...

AnthonyJames
AnthonyJames

How can all these idiots still be carrying Obama's water?

sacredh
sacredh

Sh1t comes out of Sarah's mouth every time she speaks.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

Well, I'm no fan of Sarah Palin, but to say such a thing to or about anyone, especially on national TV, is utterly unacceptable.  Martin Bashir should have been shown the door by the MSNBC exec's.  For comments like that an apology simply isn't enough.

At some point we need to remind ourselves of certain standards of journalism and get back to decent civilized behavior.  This applies to what we see on the small scree and with each other.

Bashir has it right when he said "...the politics of vitriol and destruction is a miserable place to be."  I would add that it's a miserable way to be.

GregoryNilsson
GregoryNilsson

@DavidHollenshead You have a good understanding of the nature of the Palinbeast. Many of us here in Alaska have developed a visceral dislike of this self-promoting phony. She has nothing to say yet she always says it. She is not the least bit bright, but she is cunning, and knows how to insinuate herself or her interests into every issue possible. The poster who said her cachet is enhanced each time she is crudely attacked is spot on, as are the people who refer to her as the Koch _____.  

francineclaire
francineclaire

@TerryClifton02  - Limpbaughs is much, much worse - if pig go rushbo is still on the air, why shouldn't Bashir be? Not condoning - just pointing out the GOP double standard.

NealAvery
NealAvery

@thetruthhurt Ask the citizens of Crete if debt=slavery.  Their bank accounts were raided to pay their government debt.

Channah
Channah

@thetruthhurt Don't forget --- she is too dumb to know when she is wrong and why.  It is beyond her comprehension to be told, too.

JohnnGalt
JohnnGalt

@RobertMichaelSimon Because she is against abortion. Read these comments. People HATE her because she chose not to kill her baby. They'll QUOTE all kinds of excuses, but that's why. They MUST hate her, else they must face their own guilt.

Watch what they do to me, for showing her any respect.

NealAvery
NealAvery

@JimINNashville I think the dirty minded Mr. Bashir made the penalty up.  This is the first time I have ever heard it mentioned.

RobertMichaelSimon
RobertMichaelSimon

@chapril No woman on the political scene today his been proven more correct than Sarah Palin.That's why the Establishment hates and fears her.

JimINNashville
JimINNashville

@chapril Apparently you are like the bulk of lowbrow Americans who confuse a British accent with wit and intelligence.  Bashir is a dimwit whose primary rhetorical skill is to yell at those he disagrees with. He's been dissected and destroyed so many times on the air that it defies imagination.  Palin isn't my cup of tea, either but Bashir makes her look like Einstein.

JimINNashville
JimINNashville

@RobertNguyen  Robert, apparently nobody ever taught you about metaphorical language. Feminists talked for years about women being "slaves in the home."  Where was Bashir then?  People refer to being "slaves of habit." And so on. And so on.  Palin's usage of the word slavery in that context is no more objectionable than in any of the others.  Palin, in my opinion, deals in truth far more often than Mr. Bashir. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@AnthonyJames How can an idiot not know the difference between a Socialist and a Fascist? What kind of fool would you need to be to compare Obama to Benito Mussolini?

saintcat
saintcat

@sacredh the same fecal matter that comes out of yours when you write these blogs.

KeithCabaniss
KeithCabaniss

@sacredh  How does that feel for you? What is it like to be so vile, vulgar and low informed?

JackKennedy
JackKennedy

@sacredh  .................... oh look, more VITRIOL AND HATE toward the Real Americans by an obamamob thug ............... obama approved hatred of Real Americans no less

Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

@AlphaJuliette Sometimes the infamy has to be crushed pretty hard. We were all thinking it anyway. Ol' Martin shoulda just laughed it all off.

paulejb
paulejb

@AlphaJuliette 

MSNBC was busy shoving gay basher Alec Baldwin under a bus so they haven't had a chance to award Martin Bashir for his sterling efforts on behalf of the network.

Martin Bashir and the rest of the bilious crew at MSNBC have made the NBC label mean Nothing But Crap.

WorldPeas
WorldPeas

@mantisdragon91 @AnthonyJames -- It doesn't take much of a leap to put Obama in the fascist camp (or at least neo-fascist).  A key component of fascism is state/corporate fusion.  Obama has done more to promote that fusion than any American president since FDR.  Obamacare is a purely state/corporate (insurance company) fusion job.  Dodd-Frank is little more than a pact that merges Wall Street into the government's portfolio.  Of course, countries like South Korea and Japan are still more fascist than even Obama's USA but he's doing his best to get there.  Back to Palin v.  Bashir: At least Bashir apologized for acting like an idiot.  Will you do the same for calling someone a fool?  

barneydidit
barneydidit

@paulejb @AlphaJuliette So appropriately disciplining a person for a transgression that negatively reflects on their employer is now "throwing him under the bus"? I guess that explains why Sean Hannity is still on Fox, and even Glenn Beck still is heard from periodically. 

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@WorldPeas @mantisdragon91 @AnthonyJames  

That is exactly what we have going on in this country, and Ron Paul has been warning all who would listen. Common Core is nothing more than corporate America taking over the public education through the help of the Feds.