When did MSNBC’s Martin Bashir lap pop legend Cher in cultural relevancy? Last Friday, apparently. As Bashir’s scathing, scatological commentary about former Governor Sarah Palin resulted in immediate controversy, and an apology, Cher called Palin a “dumb C word” on Twitter, and it took four days for Breitbart.com offshoot Truthrevolt to notice. Even Twitter-monitoring Michelle Malkin site Twitchy only managed a brontosaurus-like reaction time of three days. Palin fan hub Conservatives4Palin hasn’t even noticed yet.
She followed up with a potential condemnation from beyond the grave:
Am here ready to get foot fixed ! If I die ….. DOUBLE MY LAST TWT (random square) & Throw in the T -JIHADISTS LOVIN MY CREW (3 random squares)
Apparently, Cher was about to undergo surgery for a lingering foot injury:
The “Believe” hitmaker, 67, recently took to her Twitter.com blog to tell fans that she suffered a compound fracture in the late 1990s when a piece of equipment fell off the wall of her rehearsal studio and “crushed” her foot.
Cher admits she suffers every time she slips into high heels as a result of the incident, and now she is set to sort out the issue once and for all.
Wonkette‘s Rebecca Schoenkopf points out, there’s something less-than-genuine about the sort of outrage that attends incidents like these, but there are multiple other irritating things about this story, like, for example, if you’re going to call someone a c-word, you should use the actual c-word. What do you even do with a tweet like this? Say that it’s O-word-rageous? How does Cher retain almost 2 million followers while slipping in and out OF ALL CAPS? And what are all those random squares in her tweets?
Despite her inability to match Martin Bashir in outrage-generation (she sent her tweets hours before Bashir’s commentary), Cher does have something in common with the MSNBC host. His suggestion that Palin deserves to undergo barbaric punishment is getting all of the attention, but that unworthy provocation was at least made in service to amplifying a worthy point. Bashir’s ad hominem attacks on Palin as “America’s resident dunce” with a “long-deceased mind,” though, were empty of thought, as was Cher’s out-of-the-blue, if weirdly de-fanged, attack.
MSNBC political commentator Martin Bashir is apologizing for his commentary about the oft-politically incorrect Sarah Palin after she compared the United States’ indebtedness to China to America’s enslavement of blacks, The Wrap reports.
“Our free stuff today is being paid for today by taking money from our children and borrowing from China. When that money 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,” Palin said during a speech on November 9.
Bashir was so jolted by Palin’s comments, he reserved a segment on his self-titled show to bash the former Alaskan governor for her off-the-wall analogy. He called Palin “America’s resident dunce” who attempted to “sound intelligent about the national debt.” Ouch! But Bashir doesn’t stop there, in fact, he was just getting started.
“Given her well-established reputation as a world class idiot, it’s not surprising that she chose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone that knows anything about its barbaric history,” Bashir began. The British journalist then offers a primary source that describes the torturous days of slavery — the diary of Thomas Thistlewood, a plantation overseer who kept notes for over 39 years.
“In 1756, he records that a slave named Darby was ‘[caught] eating kanes. Had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s**t in his mouth… ‘This became known as ‘Darby’s Dose’, invented by Thistlewood, that spoke only of his savagery and inhumanity,” he revealed.
“When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery,” Bashir added, “she just doesn’t prove her rank ignorance, she confirms that if anyone truly qualifies for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.”
A few days later, Bashir apologized for his caustic insults and offered a two-minute speech of sincere regret for his comments on Palin:
“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,” he said. “Upon reflection, I so wish that I had been more thoughtful, considerate, and compassionate, but I was not…I deeply regret what I said.”
However, few seemed fazed by Bashir’s biting words towards Palin.
“Bashir’s mistake was thinking Palin ‘needed’ someone to s**t in her mouth. She’s fully capable of producing fecal material with her mouth and needs no assistance,” a reader noted under The Wrap’s article.