Frances Martel at Breitbart spells out the eerie silence among the sisterhood of MSNBC over Martin Bashir’s attack on Governor Palin and compares it to other issues of the past where they weren’t so quiet. She also contrasts their apparent partisan behavior with the Governor’s consistent “across the aisle” position on sexism.
It has been a week since MSNBC’s Martin Bashir took the network’s hatred of Sarah Palin one step further with a sexist rant suggesting someone defecate and urinate into the former Alaska governor’s mouth. Having apologized but received no discipline, his female colleagues on the network declined to comment to Breitbart News on the network’s inaction.
Breitbart reached out directly to hosts Chris Jansing, Rachel Maddow, Abby Huntsman, Andrea Mitchell, Savannah Guthrie, Mika Brzezinski, Alex Wagner, Krystal Ball, and Alex Witt, as well as reporter Kelly O’Donnell, through a publicist, requesting comment on the continued lack of discipline Martin Bashir has enjoyed since making his comments regarding Palin. As of press time, none of MSNBC’s talent has responded to our request, nor have they commented publicly on the matter.
The silence is deafening, especially compared to the backlash against those on the right who have outraged the network’s talent in the past–with far less obscene statements. MSNBC has been pivotal in forwarding a narrative of the Republican Party and the American right as engaging in a “war on women” by expressing moral opposition to abortion and skepticism at the government interfering with women’s health.
At the peak of the Sandra Fluke contraceptive media scandal, Rachel Maddow contended that radio host Rush Limbaugh did not understand birth control. Krystal Ball started an online petition and boycott campaign against Limbaugh. Andrea Mitchell invited Fluke on her program to discuss her sympathetic phone call with President Obama.
In response to former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments, Kelly O’Donnell tried to tie the Missouri Congressman to then Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan by arguing that his comments resembled something in a bill Ryan was involved in writing, which included the term of art “forcible rape.”
The women of MSNBC have been much quieter for Martin Bashir, despite his monologue distinguishing itself for introducing human waste into the conversation.
While often maligned by the left as a divisive figure, Palin has a track record of reaching across the aisle when women in the public eye have become targets of sexist invective. In a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Palin argued that many of the attacks against Hillary Clinton during the 2008 campaign, especially those based on appearance, were the product of sexism. Some women on the left, most notably former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, returned the favor, tweeting today that Martin Bashir has “gotta go” for his commentary.
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