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This is why Martin Bashir will be missed, truth-telling

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111 Responses to “This is why Martin Bashir will be missed, truth-telling”


  1. 1 pkayden
    December 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    So sad that he’s gone!

  2. 2 criquet
    December 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Hello all.

    MSNBC allowed Mark Halpernin to call the sitting President of the United States a dick on air and he still appears on MSNBC.

    That is all we need to know.

  3. 5 99ts
    December 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Truth has no meaning when the media of today is the propaganda mouthpiece of the GOP

  4. 11 utaustinliberal
    December 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Oh my goodness. They fired him?!?!

    Joe Scarborough has a lot to answer for because he’s admitted to having Phil Griffin’s ear whenever he feels an MSNBC host talks about conservatives in a manner in which he, Joe, disapproves.

    MSNBC is foolish to let Martin Bashir go. FOOLISH.

    • December 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Sorry UT, I should have put this tweet first, just added it:

      • 13 99ts
        December 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm

        CANNOT believe anyone could freely make such a statement – when all that was discussed was the truth about slavery. Why is it wrong to call people out on their false equivalence – their hatred and their racism.

        It is reminding me of the young men in Rochester who were arrested for waiting for their bus – apparently “someone” (white privilege person?) complained that they were blocking the sidewalk.

        I cannot imagine the impacts of “living while black” in a majority white country – I cannot imagine having to listen to white trash insult and belittle you day in day out – and not retaliate.

    • December 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      “Resigned” is the new word for forced firing.

  5. 17 criquet
    December 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm
    • 18 criquet
      December 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm
    • 19 anniebella
      December 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      So the media talk about how our POTUS was booed at the Maryland-Oregon St. basketball game. Well this booing of Palin was a first class booing, on a scale of one to ten, it’s a 20. They really booed Palin.

  6. 23 Linda
    December 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Morning Junk bragged about going to Phil Griffin ( “we are buddies” ) he said to complain about Martin’s comment about the Twit from Alaska.

    He did it live at NewsMax …..I noticed the NewsMaxx guy at the table last week.

    Joe is a mean bastard.

    He ran to the top to complain about Keith giving donations to Dems.

    He had Markos of Daily Kos banned from the entire network because Markos went after him about the dead woman found in Joe’s office.

    • 24 pkayden
      December 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      So why is Joe Scarborough so important to MSNBC? His show is not the biggest draw in the mornings and it’s not as if he does anything but spew right wing spin. Sigh.

      • 25 Linda
        December 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

        I cannot answer that….

        I won’t be watching anymore at all………

      • 26 donna dem 4 obama
        December 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

        He is friends with Phil Griffin. That is all that is necessary apparently to get your way at MSNBC. Truth be told Matthews is big friends with him as well. This is why both of them get away with the things they do at that station.

        • 27 hopefruit2
          December 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm

          From what I’ve read, Matthews got Phil Donahue fired for opposing the Iraq War – back when the entire media was in GWB’s pocket…

  7. 28 criquet
    December 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm
  8. 29 pkayden
    December 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    You can call (212) 664-6605 to leave a voicemail. Not sure what good it will do, but I had to get my anger off my chest. I didn’t watch Martin when he made the comment about Palin so I’m very shocked that it has come to this. Martin will be greatly missed.

    • 30 mtmarilyn
      December 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      I tried to call and leave a message but it is full. Call tomorrow and everyday. I just got home and found out. I am so pissed.

    • 31 nathkatun7
      December 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      I called the number. No one answered and I got a recorded message the message box of the person I called was full. The cowards are in hiding.

  9. 32 tally
    December 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I live under a rock…. Martin is leaving? WTF?

  10. 34 donna dem 4 obama
    December 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Phil Griffin’s email address: Phil.Griffin@nbcuni.com

  11. 37 utaustinliberal
    December 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm
  12. 39 Vicki
    December 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    We can honor Martin’s work by carrying on with his fight against the trivializing of suffering by minorities. In this specific instance making light of the suffering of slaves in America.

  13. 40 japa21
    December 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    It may be that Martin resigned, technically, but there is no doubt in my mind that he was given no choice. They were probably going to put him in the 2 AM timeslot otherwise.

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      December 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      I think you’re right, Japa. The best response to something like this is to help make all msnbc ratings sink into oblivion. If the station’s owner’s want to keep spending money on people who talk to themselves, that’s their business. Nobody, but nobody should turn them on–ever.

      • 42 nathkatun7
        December 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        “If the station’s owner’s want to keep spending money on people who talk to themselves, that’s their business. Nobody, but nobody should turn them on–ever.”

        Thanks JackieG for this wise counsel! I refuse to pay cable fees to listen to 90% of right wing propaganda!

  14. 43 sherijr
    December 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    well I guess I haven’t been keeping up so well- I take it they fired him for that Palin crap?? So effing stupid, that woman has offended damn near everyone in this country.. and the majority of media ‘personalities’ have gone out of their way to offend both POTUS & FLOTUS- yet they all still have their jobs?? Upside down bs.

    • 44 sherijr
      December 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      and yet Chuck stupid as a rock Todd still works for MSNBC??

      • December 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm

        That’s because rather than report on what President Obama said or did, the MSM would rather tell what his antagonists say about what he said or did. The Chuck Todd’s and his ilk have no integrity — journalistic or otherwise. Just show them the money.

    • 46 99ts
      December 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Imagine if the President ran to the media every time someone insulted him! Impossible to imagine – and the reality – the media would support the person throwing the insults.

      The only reason the media support Palin is for clicks. Some think it is amusing that someone so DUMB can be influential in the USA – the dumbing down of politics is the No 1 role of Palin.

  15. December 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Just learn to #ClickOFF

    Yes We Can

    • December 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Another 10 years and networks won’t exist as they do now. Irrelevancy is fast approaching.

      • December 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm

        Agree – except I’d put it, at the outset, as 2017.

        • December 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm

          The ONLY thing I watch live is sports. And even that, when it’s my beloved Chelsea, I usually tape due to the hours that its games are on. Networks are dinosaurs, and won’t survive much longer into the digital age.

          • December 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm

            After tonight LL, discussion of soccer/football is FOREVER banned at TOD :cry:

            • December 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm

              Okay, I went home for lunch and caught the last minute of the MUFC – Everton match. And when I saw the score, the first thing I told the missus was “Oh, Chips won’t be happy.”

              And then they showed a shot of Sir Alex in the stands. Old bugger looked happy.

              • December 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm

                :-) I have a feeling Alex will be getting a touch involved from here on in, seems to me the players have no fear of Moyes so they’re not playing for him. The fact that the team has no midfield doesn’t help either, mind.

          • December 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm

            Wise approach, LL. As you know, it’s now more than two decades since I watched any broadcast/cable stuff. If folk didn’t post clips from Lawrence, etc., here and the few other blogs I follow, I’d have zero knowledge of what any of those folk have to say. Twitter and primary sources (speeches, lectures, data, etc) are more than adequate to know what is happening in the world.

            • December 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm

              I declared my complete independence from cable news in November 2012. Didn’t tune in even once for election results. Followed it all on Twitter and the L.A. Times website.

            • 57 nathkatun7
              December 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm

              I am with you Bob! The media’s (and especially the 24-7 T.V. cable news) despicable cheer-leading for the illegal invasion of Iraq completely turned me off. I came back briefly during the 2008 election, but after the media turned against President Obama, almost from day one of his presidency, I decided that I didn’t need them. I still read some print media though many also piss off.

  16. December 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    “The Obama team has won the first round on the six-month agreement with Iran by a knockout. The phony, misleading, and dishonest arguments against the pact just didn’t hold up to the reality of the text. As night follows day, the mob of opponents didn’t consider surrender, not for a second. Instead, they trained their media howitzers on the future, the next and more permanent agreement, you know, the one that has yet to be negotiated.

    The Saudis lost most gracefully. They simply said this step has been taken and they’ll see about the next one. The Israelis lost most tendentiously. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu called the interim arrangement “a historic mistake.” His minions went further to say that, in retaliation, Israel might well just trash the ongoing private negotiations with the Palestinians, probably the last chance for a treaty in Obama’s tenure…….”

    • 59 Vicki
      December 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Read this recently in a book about Henry VIII. It applies;

      The point of a treaty is the signing of the treaty.
      The good will is the impotant thing.
      The specifics are less important.
      As long as the good will holds the treaty stands.

      Now, does the Senate’s ill-will threatened vote to increase sanctions make sense? Israel and American weaponmakers and war profiteers don’t need no stinking peace.

  17. December 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm
    • 61 anniebella
      December 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Do anyone remember Chuck Todd being fired or made to apologize for anything he have said? Phil Griffin is a jackass. And i will be sending him a email.

  18. 62 GGail
    December 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    While I don’t watch MSNBC or any of them live, I do occasionally go online to view a segment – and Martin was a “go-to” as well as Rev Al.

    I’ll keep on the lookout for where he lands. When one door closes another one opens.

  19. 63 dotster3
    December 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I am sick about this—-Bashir was the only worthwhile day time program. He was fearless. I can’t believe the unfairness of this firing. Every day on Morning Junk they allow every rt. wing nut to lie and spew false accusations about PBO and Joe just pulls false notions out of his butt and cuts anyone off who dares to disagree. And all his hangers on there just chuckle as Morning MEEKA makes faces. MSNBC has featured Donald Trump and Joe Walsh and Ron Fournier and every Bush administration official and numerous tea party nuts, all allowed to talk impeachment and birther nonsense and comparisons to Hitler etc. etc. etc. about the President of the United States. But Bashir cannot report a truth about nobody Sarah Palin without getting fired??? This is an outrage. Sickening.

    • 64 hopefruit2
      December 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Indeed dotster, very sickening. In addition to all those you mentioned, MSNBC has allowed certain Libertarians who have called the President a “murderer” to be featured on their shows – with little to no push-back from the hosts or the network. And this is supposed to the the “liberal” network?!?!?

      There is going to come a point at which we the people are going to have to expand our activism to beyond Twitter and blogs, and take to the streets, stage a mass boycotting of cable news (e.g., unsubscribe to TV or block certain channels) and refuse to buy certain print media or visit their websites.

      I also notice that Google is becoming increasingly right-skewed in terms of the content and political slant of the articles that come up in my searches. This is something we need to watch out for and be prepared to push back on as well.

  20. December 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    “First dogs Bo and Sunny feature prominently into the aesthetic. The dogs make an appearance scampering across the official 3D White House Christmas card and can be spotted standing in front of the famous gingerbread White House. The gingerbread house took several weeks to create, weighs 300 pounds, and boasts a working fountain. The first dogs also delighted small children when they made an appearance in the fur Wednesday, as Mrs. Obama welcomed Gold Star families to a Christmas celebration. The children, who have each lost a family member who served in war, made holiday crafts with the first lady and enjoyed iced sugar cookies.

    In the hubbub, one small girl took a tumble as she was greeted by the Obamas’ exuberant new puppy, Sunny. The dog jumped up to meet the girl, Ashtyn Gardner of Mobile, Alabama, who stepped back and tripped. Ashtyn, whose parents both serve in the Navy, seemed undaunted and got up to chat with the First Lady, and later walked around proudly carrying a red paper rose. As Mrs. Obama left, the girl gave her a hug and waved an enthusiastic goodbye.”

  21. December 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm
  22. 70 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm
  23. December 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm
  24. 78 VotingPoet
    December 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I am sick about Martin Bashir. We are in a civil war and the media is the battleground. We need all we can get.

  25. 79 Linda
    December 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I’d like to see Martin on PBS Newshour……..it needs someone with a backbone to challenge the rw liars they allow to spew with no challenge.

    • December 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Which is why he won’t be on Newshour. Backbones have to be surgically excised prior to employment. However, with just enough backbone left to allow one to be a dick to Democrats.

      • 81 COS
        December 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        I am saddened by Martin’s departure over his truth telling about a person who has told lies and said harsher things about the President of the United States. At least Martin was telling the truth.

  26. December 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    SO frustrating.

  27. 83 africa
    December 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm
    • 84 99ts
      December 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      He will NEVER live it down – to quote Mark Antony “The evil that men do lives after them” – he completely blew his legacy (if there was one) when he forgot the location of his brain

  28. December 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Repeating my reply to Doster from the last post:

    When Martin Bashir asked for time off after the *apology*, I’m sure he took this time for serious reflection. His reflection probably included thoughts about the double standards. But even more, his reflections probably included thoughts about the profit to him at the risk of losing his soul.

    At some point or other, there has been angst about the guests on shows with hosts that we typically like. We’ve also had fits about some of the perceived traitorous comments that same hosts have made. When this occurs, I sometimes ask myself how much say some of these hosts really have as to who is invited as guests and even the direction of the topics discussed.

    As much as I would like Joy Reid to have her own show, I would rather she remain a contributor and continue to be free to express her opinions, rather than have a show if it means she will have to submit to the whims and dictates of right-wing corporate owners.

  29. 91 hopefruit2
    December 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm
  30. 93 africa
    December 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm
    • 94 hopefruit2
      December 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      The dead intern…? What happened on that fateful day/night? Who knew about it and what did they know?

      • 95 COS
        December 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm

        Remember when the guy from Daily Kos was barred from MSNBC after he mentioned this. It is a mystery.

      • 96 99ts
        December 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm

        The GOPers refuse to talk of their scandals – but a word out of place from the left and we have resignations, court cases, firing etc etc

        When Mark Sanford was elected to congress – after leaving his state to chase after a woman – after declaring years before he would never serve more than 3 terms – I lost any remaining vestige of belief in the media. If he had been a democrat – the media would have pulverized him – he could not have won a primary – let alone an election.

        • 97 nathkatun7
          December 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm

          Exactly, 99ts! For me, it’s very obvious that most of the U.S. media, either out of cowardice or because of ideological affinity, have become a propaganda arm of the right wing Republican party.

  31. December 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Even with the increases in average federal tax rates in 2010, the average rate for each income group was below the rate that prevailed for that group in the 1990s and most of the 2000s (see the figure below). For most income groups, average federal tax rates in 2010 were near the lowest rates for the 1979–2010 period. The exception was households in the top 1 percent, whose average federal tax rate in 2010 was significantly above its low in the mid-1980s.

  32. December 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm
  33. 102 cluny
    December 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Horrible news about Martin Bashir. Does Phil Griffin have an immediate superior? Complaints need to be made about Phil Griffin – his double standards (okay to be offensive if you are a friend of mine) and general mismanagement of the programming.

  34. 103 hopefruit2
    December 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    The voicemail box of Phil Griffin’s direct line “does not have enough space available” so you can’t even leave a message. No one is answering the phone either. Why do I think this is not really the case, but the mailbox and voicemail msg have been manipulated on purpose to prevent folks from calling about the firing of Bashir?

  35. December 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    WH has now posted the video of President Obama’s courageous and historic speech on inequality in America …

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/12/04/president-obama-speaks-economic-mobility

    #TrustBarack

  36. 106 hopefruit2
    December 4, 2013 at 6:47 pm
    • 107 taiping1
      December 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Thanks for posting this. I have not watched MSNBC since prior to the election although I have watched posted clips of Martin and Al. People should just turn them off.

  37. December 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Was this tonight?!

  38. 109 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm
  39. 110 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Nothing, zlich, zero, nada on BBC about PBO’s inequality speech.


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