Martin Bashir Politicizes Secret Service Scandal to Attack Governor Palin – Updated

MSNBC has a cadre of leftist hosts on their network who use their airtime to preach to the “progressive” choir, cover the president’s tracks, and do their best to promote ill feelings towards those who have a different opinion about the role of government. They utilize the same tactics that the bigots throughout history have used to demonize every single motive and character attribute of their ideological foes.

Martin Bashir, one of the worst MSNBC has to offer, attacked Governor Palin on Friday for answering a question directed to her about the recent scandal involving the Secret Service. Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters reported:

After addressing some new developments in the secret service scandal, Bashir said, “David Chaney, 48-year-old second generation agent, has been identified as being forced into retirement, one of three agents already separated from the agency in the wake of the scandal.”

“And from that,” Bashir continued, “well we arrive at his Facebook page, and a photo of Mr. Chaney standing in the line of fire for then Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. What’s more, he comments that, ‘I was really checking her out – if you know what I mean.’”

After commenting about this, and playing some clips of Palin on with Fox New’s Greta van Susteren Thursday evening, Bashir derided the former Alaska governor for “going right after the canine cuisine and the president.”

“But there you have it,” he continued, “suddenly dragged into a sex scandal, one in which Ms. Palin is among the victims, and one in which she can make the president the villain. No wonder she’s smiling.”

Bashir concluded, “So Mr. Chaney, a thank you to you for opening our president up to blackmail at the hands of a Colombian prostitute, and for putting a stain on the reputation of the secret service, and, for at least a day, making Sarah Palin relevant.”

Sheppard continued:

Makes you wonder if there are standing orders from MSNBC executives that any story dealing with Palin has to insult her no matter how far the stretch.

I guess that’s how they think their commentators will be “relevant.”

They’re sadly mistaken.

The Twitchy Staff also weighed in:

They just can’t help themselves — the misogynists at MSNBC, that is.

Continuing the radical left network’s war on conservative women, MSNBC host Martin Bashir used the Obama administration’s Secret Service scandal to go after…GOP 2008 vice presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. As we noted the other day, the good-humored Palin took the news of one of the agent’s sexist confessions that he was ogling her while on duty in stride.

Bashir, however, showed typical MSNBC classlessness to accuse her of “bragging.” Pig…

The Examiner writes:

MSNBC host Martin Bashir accused Sarah Palin of “bragging about being checked out” by a Secret Service agent, based on her rebuke of the Secret Service agent who did so.

“Sarah Palin barked up with a comment in regard to the Secret Service issue, where she also bragged about being ‘checked out,’ listen to this,” Bashir said while interviewing President Obama’s campaign press secretary Ben Labolt…

Bashir chose to characterize Palin as “bragging” — with the implication that she hopes more men sexualize her by “really checking her out” — even though the former governor did not even mention her own name commenting on the agent’s Facebook post.

Obama’s campaign spokesman let the dig at Palin pass without comment.

 Bashir says he loves feedback. Give it to him:

Indeed. You can give Bashir some of that feedback he loves so much by tweeting him @MartinBashir, or go directly to MSNBC.


Update: Frances Martel deserves some credit for being intellectually honest. She lambasts Bashir for taking this route during his show:

It was a short, possibly throwaway, but potentially dangerous comment to make about a victim of sexism in the workplace. Dangerous because Bashir commands an audience by virtue of a perch in national media, one from which he has effectively whitewashed completely disrespectful and inappropriate behavior as something to “brag about.” No rational person considers being objectified while on the job– particularly as serious a job as campaign for second in command of the free world– something to “brag” about. Being open about the experience of being thoroughly disrespected as person in general and woman in particular is not bragging, and to use such language to describe what Palin is doing here is to shift the burden of responsibility upon her. It is a more subtle and, perhaps because of this, more acceptable version of the “she asked for it” argument. Surely, Bashir implies, publicly overcoming the sort of institutional sexism that makes people like Chaney believe his open salivating constitutes professional behavior means that said open salivating could not have been “that bad.” Surely, Bashir implies, this is nothing to make hay over. The message being sent to female politicians– and, worse, girls who might aspire to being politicians– is that they must accept this objectification with their mouths shut, lest they be accused of “bragging.”



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