Bashir said the following:
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.’
Mediaite also reports that MSNBC will be releasing a statement shortly.
Donald Trump has weighed in:
Many of my colleagues at C4P are discussing the news of Bashir’s resignation.
It’s great that Bashir is accepting proper consequences for his actions. However, it will be interesting to see MSNBC’s statement. What about management who approved it? What about the person who fed it into a teleprompter? How and why did this get past all of its checkpoints?
We’ll see what the network says. But I personally am hoping that we learn about the others responsible for this, too.
FOX News has reported the news as well and has included a statement from MSNBC’s president, 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.”
So apparently the management that approved it and the person who fed it into the teleprompter are either keeping their jobs or it won’t warrant headlines if they are fired.
Further it’s nonsense that MSNBC still refuses to issue an apology to Governor Palin.