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ABC Suspended Bashir For ‘Sexist’ Joke In 2008

From Howard Kurtz at Fox News:

EXCLUSIVE: Martin Bashir, out at MSNBC over Palin slur, was previously suspended

By Howard Kurtz | December 5, 2013

[T]his isn’t the first time that Bashir has had to apologize for his remarks about a woman. While working for ABC News in the summer of 2008, he was addressing an Asian American Journalists Association convention in Chicago, with his “20/20” colleague Juju Chang also on stage. He began commenting on her dress.

… Bashir said that "I’m happy to be in the midst of so many Asian babes.” …

That is racist?

He said a speech should be “like a dress on a a beautiful woman — long enough to cover the important parts and short enough to keep your interest — like my colleague Juju’s.” Some audience members booed, the magazine said…

That might not be in the best of taste, but what is so wrong about it? Actually, it looks like Mr. Bashir’s biggest crime was sounding like a heterosexual.

A little digging reveals that ABC quietly suspended Bashir after the incident. He wrote an apology to the Asian-American group, saying: “Upon reflection, it was a tasteless remark that I now bitterly regret. I … hope that the continuing work of the organization will not be harmed or undermined by my moment of stupidity.”…

But he was quickly suspended by ABC. Whereas he was not suspended by MSNBC for a far more outrageous comment.

In fact, Bashir was not fired or even suspended for his disgusting attack on Sarah Palin. He was allowed to resign. And even given a good character reference by his boss, the president of MSNBC, Phil Griffin:

In his own statement, Griffin said: “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.” …

So much for MSNBC’s protection of the sanctity of women.

Meanwhile, the Media Research Center has another difference in the treatment of the Bashir case.

From the Media Research Center:

Networks That Skipped Bashir’s Gross Attack on Palin Were Outraged By Limbaugh Fluke Joke

By Geoffrey Dickens | December 4, 2013

When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks went ballistic, making the conservative talk show host a centerpiece in their campaign to tarnish Mitt Romney and the GOP as engaging in a “war on women.” However when MSNBC’s Martin Bashir launched his own war on women against Sarah Palin, not a single anchor or reporter from the Big Three said a word about his vile attack.

In the two weeks (February 29, 2012 – March 14, 2012) after Limbaugh made his crude Fluke joke, that he apologized for, the Big Three networks aired a total of 32 stories or interview segments that were full of calls for Limbaugh to apologize to the liberal activist Fluke, to get advertisers to abandon the show and demand that Republicans condemn the talk show host. NBC, who employs Bashir, aired the most Limbaugh stories with 14. ABC and CBS each aired 9 stories a piece.

The number of Big Three network stories in the two weeks (November 15, 2013 – November 29, 2013) after Bashir suggested that Palin would be an “outstanding candidate”  for excretory punishments? Zero…

It’s almost as if there is some bias in the news media. It’s almost as they consider that attacking conservative women is fair game. In fact, it is almost as if they actually cheer on such attacks.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “ABC Suspended Bashir For ‘Sexist’ Joke In 2008”

  1. This means Bashir is being rewarded behind the scenes for going full-potty on Palin




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