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Sarah Palin had some rare favorable words for the media as she accepted the resignation of MSNBC’s Martin Bashir after the host’s mid-November monologue incited outrage for what he admitted were “ill-judged” comments about the former Alaska governor.
“It was refreshing to see, though, that many in the media did come out and say, ‘Look, our standards have got to be higher than this,’ ” Palin said Thursday on Fox and Friends, which devoted several minutes to her reaction. “Those with that platform, with a microphone, a camera in their face, they have to have some more responsibility taken.”
“My role was to accept his apology and be humble enough to, you know, accept it and move on,” she said, later adding that she had become accustomed to offensive remarks said about her. “At this point I’m used to it, that’s kind of a sad state of affairs too to have to admit that I am used to it.”
In a segment on Bashir’s 4 p.m. MSNBC show on Nov. 15, the host made crude remarks about Palin that led to the anchor’s time off and 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 in his resignation statement. “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.”
Meanwhile, on Wednesday evening, former 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin wrote favorably of Bashir and criticized news networks for creating homogenous programming.
Baldwin — whose own one-hour MSNBC show was recently canceled after the actor hurled homophobic remarks at a paparazzo — stated on Twitter that Bashir had “created great television” at the progressive-leaning network.
“Broadcasters on certain networks are called upon to offer analysis of events and public policy, day in, day out,” Baldwin wrote in a series of tweets. “Often with tremendous aggression and scalding language. If, over the course of hundreds of hours on the air, they commit a foul…..Then it’s like high-sticking in hockey or a late hit in the NFL. Throw a flag. But to end someone’s job?”
The star’s Up Late With Alec Baldwin show was canceled only a month and a half after its Oct. 11 debut. The actor stated on Twitter of the cable networks: “And their need for a reliable, even forced, homogeneity is more apparent than ever.”
On Thursday, Baldwin tweeted a clarification of his favorable comments: “You can disapprove of Bashir’s single remark and still acknowledge his talent.”
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