Extremely vulgar man, Martin Bashir. His hateful comments say more about him and his sleazy network than his victim, Sarah Palin
Martin Bashir apologized for his vulgar, reprehensible attack on Sarah Palin, an attack that was planned, written on a teleprompter and approved by his producers. It was no impulsive thing. He meant it.
It’s nice that he apologized but the apology would have meant more if MSNBC had suspended him.
MSNBC shouldn’t have an ounce of credibility after this.
Sarah Palin was asked about this today on Fox News Sunday by Chris Wallace. Her response is far more gracious than mine would have been.
Are these words now acceptable on TV? Where is MSNBC? They obviously approve of it and are as disgusting as Bashir is.
Why isn’t the FCC all over this?
This is from the FCC website:
It’s Against the Law
It is a violation of federal law to air obscene programming at any time. It is also a violation of federal law to air indecent programming or profane language during certain hours. Congress has given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the responsibility for administratively enforcing these laws. The FCC may revoke a station license, impose a monetary forfeiture or issue a warning if a station airs obscene, indecent or profane material.
Indecent Broadcast Restrictions
The FCC has defined broadcast indecency as “language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory organs or activities.” Indecent programming contains patently offensive sexual or excretory material that does not rise to the level of obscenity.
The courts have held that indecent material is protected by the First Amendment and cannot be banned entirely. It may, however, be restricted in order to avoid its broadcast during times of the day when there is a reasonable risk that children may be in the audience.
Consistent with a federal indecency statute and federal court decisions interpreting the statute, the Commission adopted a rule that broadcasts — both on television and radio — that fit within the indecency definition and that are aired between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. are prohibited and subject to indecency enforcement action.
I filed an online complaint against Martin Bashir with the FCC today. Anyone can. CLICK HERE to lodge a complaint. It occurred on November 15th on Martin Bashir’s 4 PM show. He said someone should ‘piss and defecate in her mouth.’ If that doesn’t violate the law, what does? In the least, MSNBC should have to pay the fine that was paid when Janet Jackson had her wardrobe malfunction.
Contact NBC or MSNBC on this link
One of the sponsors of Bashir’s show is Aleve, owned by the Bayer Group, and they are uninterested when people call to complain. You can contact them and help them care.
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