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Either he resigned or has been forced out, but Martin Bashir has now become the latest casualty at MSNBC to beat a path to the exit after making explosive remarks -- in this instance about Sarah Palin.
Meanwhile, if you're coming to this post a bit late, check out Sarah Palin's comments on "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning.
Back to Bashir: He posted his resignation notice on Mediaite yesterday saying:
"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 . . ."
Briefly, the history: On Nov. 15, Bashir called Palin a "world-class idiot" for comparing the U.S. debt load to China to slavery, then noted -- for some inexplicable reason -- that some slave masters had forced their slaves to eat excrement, and that the same thing should happen to Palin.
He almost immediately apologized, and has done so since, but it's also clear the damage could not be undone. Palin herself castigated him, MSNBC backed away, and before long he was on an "extended" break. Meanwhile, Palin supporters have been hammering MSNBC, and by association NBC News, for the bizarre comment.
More from the Bashir note
" . . . 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."
Bashir, 50, has been an MSNBC afternoon anchor since 2010, after a longer run at ABC News.
Alec Baldwin, who was suspended Nov. 15 by MSNBC for allegedly using anti-gay slurs on a paparazzo, has agreed to a "mutual parting" with the network.
"We are jointly confirming that 'Up Late' will not continue on MSNBC," according to a brief statement from Baldwin's spokesman. MSNBC separately called the split "a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best."
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The odds of Alec Baldwin returning to MSNBC after his two-week suspension are now apparently as good as the Jets winning Super Bowl XLVIII. (Hey! Anything is possible. Sure, Sunday's loss hurt and the Jets do sometimes seem to take every other week off, but the Bills are good this season, and . . . wait a minute, I'm off topic here. Sorry.)
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As expected, MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin for his most recent outburst captured by camera, posted by TMZ, and showing the star using homophobic profanities. Baldwin has issued an apology.
MSNBC, which only recently made him host of a Friday night talk show, confirmed that Baldwin had in fact been suspended, while Baldwin posted this, to the media and to MSNBC colleagues...
I would like to address the comments I made this past week. I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week. I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.
In a rare if hardly unprecedented case of one network anchor blasting another, Anderson Cooper once again has gone after Alec Baldwin for apparently using an anti-gay slur during a tirade against a paparazzo that was posted Thursday night on TMZ.
"Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again. How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?"
Cooper, who has been in the Philippines covering the aftermath of Haiyan for CNN, posted the tweet at 4:34 a.m.
If you're just catching up to this, Baldwin appeared to use a slur in the video -- he insists it was misinterpreted. This is the second such incident -- Baldwin also steam-rolled a reporter with a British tabloid after the funeral of James Gandolfini, also using an anti-gay slur. He apologized. (And Cooper, who is gay, sharply criticized him then, too.)
And yes, this is very serious. Baldwin now has his own MSNBC talk show, which means he's not merely a "public figure" but ostensibly a news one as well, working for one of the nation's major news organizations. Use of homophobic slurs isn't merely boorish or offensive or cruel or wanton -- but intolerable at news organizations.
But he does insist he was misquoted. We'll see if anybody is buying it.