A cable news host apologized to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin after he implied in a commentary that she deserved to have someone "shit" in her mouth, TheWrap.com reports.
MSNBC host Martin Bashir admitted he went overboard when he made the comment.
"I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin and to also offer an ‘unreserved apology’ to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers and anyone who may have heard what I said,” Bashir said.
He made the comment in response to Palin’s remark that U.S. debt to China would lead to a "slavery" situation.
Palin, in a Nov. 9 speech, said, “Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China. When that note comes due and — this isn’t racist, so try it, try it anyway, this isn’t racist — but it’s going to be like slavery when that note is due. Right? We are going to be beholden to a foreign master.”
On his show Friday, he introduced Palin as "America’s resident dunce, scraping the barrel of her long-deceased mind.” Criticizing Palin for invoking slavery, Bashir read from a diary kept by a plantation owner, who recorded that he had a slave "shit" in another slave’s mouth as a punishment.
Bashir added: "When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline … she would be the outstanding candidate."
Here’s a clip of Bashir’s apology, followed by Friday’s "Clear the Air" segment that got him in trouble: