*Sarah Palin, who famously refers to news organizations other than Fox News as the “lamestream media,” is now praising some of those media organizations for its coverage of the controversial comments aimed at her by MSNBC’s Martin Bashir.
Bashir quit the network Wednesday in the wake of his comments, which suggested the former Alaska governor endure some of the vilest acts perpetrated against slaves after she compared the national debt to slavery.
“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 this morning on Fox News Channel‘s “Fox & Friends.” “Those with that platform, with a microphone, a camera in their face, they have to have some more responsibility taken.”
But Palin said Bashir’s comments were kind of par for the course. “At this point I’m used to it. That’s kind of a sad state of affairs, to have to admit that I am used to it,” she said.
On his November 15 program Bashir called Palin a “world class idiot” for comparing the country’s debt to China to slavery and, after describing one slave-owner’s practice of forcing a slave to defecate in another slave’s mouth, Bashir said Palin would be a good candidate for such treatment.
After Bashir’s November 18 apology, Palin got asked if it was enough; this morning she was asked if his resignation was enough: “My role is to accept his apology and to be humble enough to accept it and move on,” she said, explaining she feels “kind of calloused” by the experience.
In a statement issued yesterday, Bashir said, “Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation,” adding, “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.”