Television host and journalist Martin Bashir has resigned from his MSNBC show after reflecting on his highly controversial comments made about former GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, adding that he "deeply regrets" what he said.
"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," Bashir said on Wednesday in an email posted on Mediaite.
"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." more >>
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin responded for the first time to MSNBC host Martin Bashir's statement that perhaps someone should poop and urinate in her mouth, calling his remarks "vile" and "evil" and saying she is not affected by them and God has blessed her with a platform to defend herself.
"When a conservative woman says something that they're -- they take offense, they usually just kind of pooh-pooh it, laugh it off; it's no big deal," the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee told Fox News host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."
Bashir's remarks followed Palin's speech comparing the national debt to slavery while promoting her book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, at the annual Iowa Faith and Freedom Conference earlier this month. more >>
In a scorching critique of a speech in which Sarah Palin compared the national debt to slavery, MSNBC host Martin Bashir suggested that perhaps someone should poop and urinate in the mouth of the former governor of Alaska and GOP vice presidential nominee.
Mocking her as "America's resident dunce" for using the analogy, Bashir played a clip of the remarks Palin made two Saturdays ago while promoting her book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, at the annual Iowa Faith and Freedom Conference.
"Our free stuff today is being paid for today by taking money from our children and borrowing money from China," she explained. more >>
More Democrats are now supporting repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which was created by the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," to lower the costs of healthcare.
The IPAB is tasked with making recommendations to Congress on how to lower the costs of Medicare if the program costs increase above a certain threshold. Congress would then fast-track approval of the recommendations, or pass legislation that would reduce Medicare costs by the same amount. If Congress were to fail to do either, the recommendations would go into effect.
During debate over passage of the ACA, proponents claimed the law would reduce the deficit, and the IPAB was touted as one of its cost-saving features. (CLASS, another part of the ACA that was supposed to save money, has already been abolished by the Department of Health and Human Services.) more >>
Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be releasing a new book in November defending Christmas, called A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas, in which the former Alaska governor will tackle the "over-commercialism" and "homogenization" of the holiday.
"Amidst the fragility of this politically correct era, it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored," Palin said in a statement.
"This will be a fun, festive, thought provoking book, which will encourage all to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our faith and ignore the politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas." more >>
American Atheists, one of the largest secular groups in the country, apologized on Monday for misquoting former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in one of their new billboard campaigns in Texas.
"While I admit that the word 'should' should technically not be inside the quote, the meaning was correct," AA President David Silverman said in an email to CNN on Monday.
The ad campaign American Atheists launched quotes several GOP political figures and Christian conservatives, trying to expose them for "bigoted and backwards remarks and attitudes," as Silverman previously explained. more >>