Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC…

If figures. I get slammed at work and can’t check what’s going on in cable news and Martin Bashir “quits” MSNBC.

a statement from Bashir: “After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around 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. 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.”

Statement by Phil Griffin: “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.”

We’ll probably never know whether Bashir really resigned of his own volition or he and MSNBC agreed to part company. Whatever the case, there’s now a hole at 4pm to fill. I was going to be cute and post a poll question as to who should get 4pm with all the choices being Ronan Farrow. Instead I’ll leave it to the comments for you to offer your picks as to Ronan Farrow getting 4pm who will get 4pm…

30 Responses to “Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC…”

  1. I’ll vote for Ronan Farrow getting the 4PM gig. And just to hedge my bet, I’ll make my alternate choice Ronan Farrow.

  2. Cough Ronan Farrow Cough

  3. I don’t see how they can let Joy Reid be Martin’s permanent guest host for a year, then brush her aside for some kid nobody’s heard of. I’m going with Ms. Reid.

  4. I agree with Joe Joy gets the Bashir slot. Farrow isn’t ready yet (he has yet to even do a sub host gig on MSNBC) and I don’t expect we will see him until the spring at earliest.

    I’d be happy with whomever of the likely candidates (Reid, Farrow, Klein, Russert etc.) they choose as all fit into the smart young policy wonk category and not the argumentative talk radio screamer mold that Bashir personified. Now if we can just get rid of Schultz and Sharpton I’ll be a very happy man.

  5. Not being snarky here… it’s MSNBC…white male vs. black female to replace a black male? I’m going with anybody but the white male.

  6. Matters little who they put on the rathole of a network.

    Zurawik:”They don’t do news at MSNBC any more. They just do propaganda. And you can only attack your ideological enemies so long before you find yourself in the realm of hate speech as Bashir did.

    I hope this event will help Comcast come to understand how deeply Griffin and his cynical programming strategy have damaged the brand of NBC News and the network in general.

    You can fire 10 Bashirs and issue 20 phony “respected colleagues” PR statements, and it won’t start to repair the harm you’ve done to what NBC News once stood for.”

    Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/tv/z-on-tv-blog/bal-martin-bashir-resigns-at-msnbc-in-wake-of-palin-remarks-20131204,0,3003393.story#ixzz2mZfMKJBK

  7. I don’t see how they can let Joy Reid be Martin’s permanent guest host for a year

    Permanent Guest Host = No Job Security when the Host leaves.

    I’m hoping it will be Farrow if for no other reason than because if it isn’t him someone else is going to lose their slot and I think I know who…

  8. Here, here Larry!– well said…

  9. It was said by Zurawik, and posted here two weeks ago. And it was just as much of a meaningless sweeping generalization of an entire network the first time.

  10. For anyone with enough interest to follow the link I posted! it was written by Z December 4th in the Baltimore Sun. It is as meaningful as if God had thrown a thunderbolt at the progressive MSNBC hatefest.

  11. ^ My mistake. Zurawik wrote the same “they all do it, hey Fox can I get a paycheck” crap two weeks ago. Hack.

  12. Zurawik is correct. NBC has suffered because of the daily hate speech that comes from MSNBC. How can you look at Chuck Todd as impartial when he has his own show at that clusterfark of a channel. How can you look at any of the NBC bigwigs (David Gregory, etc.) as serious journalists when they constantly appear on MSNBC without ever challenging the crazy that comes out of there.

    I have next to zero respect for NBC and it’s 99.9% because of MSNBC. I’m sure there are many, many others who feel the same.

  13. Yes, please, let’s call anyone we disagree with “haters”. That’s always helpful.

    Zurawik belongs to the “Israel must cease to exist” faction of media critics: If you don’t become a rightwing hackfest like FNC, you need to go away. That’s not gonna happen.

  14. Let’s call the network unwilling to publicly denounce an employee advocating sh*tting in a woman’s mouth as a “hater network”. A good call if there ever was one.

  15. ^ People like you are the reason firing Bashir was a waste of time. It didn’t make a damn difference to anyone on the right. Griffin should have dug in his heels and said “Screw it. He apologized. I’m not firing anybody.” You guys will hate MSNBC’s very existence no matter what they do, so it doesn’t matter.

  16. Yep, people like me.

  17. Bashir wasn’t fired/encouraged to resign because of anyone on the right. People on the left were complaining and MSNBC had to react.

  18. Bashir wasn’t fired/encouraged to resign because of anyone on the right. People on the left were complaining and MSNBC had to react.

    I don’t believe pressure from the right had nothing to do with it, and getting what they wanted made no difference. “Everything at MSNBC is just like Bashir, they all suck, screw them.” Firing Bashir was pointless.

  19. Yeah, I wish they would have kept him around.

  20. “Firing Bashir was pointless.”

    ^^No Joe his firing wasn’t pointless and I don’t care if pressure from the right had a role or not. Bashir wasn’t like everyone on MSNBC. He was an obnoxious creep; a left wing version of Glenn Beck.

    I don’t care why he got fired. We are well rid of a host disliked by many liberal MSNBC viewers – like me. Joy Reid is now host (at least for now) and I can watch my favorite network from 4PM-5PM again.

  21. Fritz, I’m happy to have Bashir off my TV, too, but I’m royally pissed about how little it mattered. Nobody cares that Sarah Palin used a slavery reference against the president, and nobody cares that something was done about Bashir being so vile. Palin’s still the queen and MSNBC is still hated. So fck them.

  22. “Nobody cares that Sarah Palin used a slavery reference against the president,”

    ^^ Joe nobody (that matters) cares about Sarah Palin. Period. Bashir was acting just as stupidly as she was and MSNBC held him to account for his stupidity. That is how a network should behave when a host says something offensive.

    That no one held Palin to account says nothing. She’s a part time pundit on a right wing network and no one expected them to do anything about her slavery reference. Palin is a joke and her career is already toast. Like Ann Coulter she sells her books by making offensive comments. It’s their shtick and MSNBC hosts should just leave it alone rather than give them the publicity they crave.

  23. Actually, it was the third paragraph. Puts in all in a nutshell. “Playing to dark undercurrents like these is the commentariat’s version of binging on fast food.” She’s not relevant. She aggravates people, exactly because she’s not relevant, yet we still hear about her. Which we wouldn’t, if the people who complain would stop talking about her. Which, up until now, they wouldn’t. See also: Donald Trump.

    http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2013/12/04/3021801/msnbcs-parting-martin-bashir-says-taste-hosts/

  24. Please say it won’t by Mia Farrow’s son, MSNBC, Ronin what’s his name. Why?
    Please tell me it won’t be Luke Russert son of great Mr. Tim Russert. What! He’s the little boy fav of MSNBC’s top echelon that’s for sure. How else do we think he got that job given he knows Tom Brokow like an uncle…he grow up with Mr. Brokow visiting his home on a continual basis. Brokow and Dad, Tim< were best of buds. Tell us, what in the world has he contributed to MSNBC at all. This is pure nepotism! Luke is a nice guy, but….
    My vote is for Joy/Grigo.com

  25. “Rathole of a network! ” Oh, thanks. Thanks a lot. Because they tell the truth! Many, many people like the FACTS told and not untruths, made up stories, hate talk, etc. like FOX NEWS!
    Fox News is nothing but a hate / lie machine that continually is working into overtime.

  26. Conservatives have been on a continual hate-rant against Mr. Bashir. I was proud of Mr. Bashir who stood up to Quitter Palin. And yes he lost his job over that. (The petitions are out there for Bashir to return to MSNBC, his old job.)
    Yes. Some of his remarks were out of line, but the media went with the story line like he actually said what he said. Not True. On the other flip side of the coin, a Palin story who gets full play and acknowledgement whatever she says, hate, lies whatever…(sipping on her little bendie straws) is as hateful as they come.
    The person who should have been fired was WACKO SARAH PALIN herself! Palin’s comment about slavery is another one for the books.
    NOTE: Paiin’s so-called Christmas book has really been razzed by the critics. Now that’s a good thing.

  27. ^exhibit A. Ice and Joe: you have a third for bridge.

  28. Reiable Sources: no, not just conservatives want MSNBC to get away with just sweeping the scum under the rug:
    http://reliablesources.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/08/bashir-resigns-amid-scandal/

  29. This is what others are saying in the Internet.

    “Mr. Bashir has twice apologized for his remarks. Bashir wasn’t wrong in what he said, but only that he said it on air. Palin’s comparison of slavery to the national debt was outrageous. Not only did Palin demonstrate her ignorance of the brutality and inhumanity of slavery, but this was one more mention of slavery in connection with our President. From her remarks regarding “shuck and jive” and her suggestion that the President is lazy, Palin has worked very hard to remind the American public that our President is black.'”

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