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Limbaugh: What Happens to Krauthammer or O'Reilly if They Said of Obama What Bashir Said of Palin?
By Noel Sheppard
Created 11/20/2013 - 6:24pm
As first reported by NewsBusters, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir ended his program Friday giving arguably the most deplorable defamation of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin by anyone to date.
With no disciplinary action having been administered to Bashir by his superiors, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh asked on his show Wednesday, "Let's say Dr. Krauthammer or Ted O'Baxter [Bill O'Reilly] would suggest that somebody do to Obama what Bashir suggested happen to Sarah Palin. What do you think would have happened?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
RUSH LIMBAUGH: But the latest thing to happen on MSNBC, Martin Bashir last Friday got mad at Sarah Palin because she said something he didn't like about Obamacare. She compared Obamacare and the Obama economy to the equivalent of economic slavery. And the left owns that allegation. They own slavery. They're the only ones that get to talk about that. She had no right. So Martin Bashir probably made up a story about slave punishment in Jamaica, not even in the United States, and ended up saying that somebody ought to defecate in her mouth. (interruptuion) Oh, it was it both? So it was number one and number two in her mouth. And he said it with great pride.
He said it thinking that he had just made something profound, a great point. It sat there all weekend long and there was not one peep from anybody at MSNBC suggesting that it was in any way inappropriate. But over the weekend something did happen and on Monday, or maybe it was yesterday, I forget which, he made a big apology and it was said to be heartfelt and serious. But it asks an even larger question: Why is he still there? You know, pick anybody you want at Fox. Let's say Dr. Krauthammer, or Ted O'Baxter [Limbaugh's nickname for Bill O'Reilly] would suggest that somebody do to Obama what Bashir suggested happen to Sarah Palin. What do you think would have happened? Within seconds they would have been yanked off the air before their show was over.
Roger Ailes woulda stormed down there and taken 'em off the air publicly, and that would be the end of 'em. They wouldn'ta even finished their show. That's exactly right. If Ailes had to sit there and do the rest of the hour himself, he would yank whoever did that off the air. At MSNBC, what's the big deal? Apology takes care of it and that's it. These are truly reprehensible people over there.
Indeed they are.
However, one now has to wonder if Palin cancelling out on a Christmas season interview with NBC's Matt Lauer might bring this issue to a head necessitating some action by MSNBC.