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Martin Bashir Apologizes for Bringing 'Shame' to MSNBC With Graphic Attack on Sarah Palin

"My words were wholly unacceptable."

MSNBC’s Martin Bashir on Monday apologized for having suggested last Friday that someone teach former Gov. Sarah Palin a lesson about slavery by urinating in her eyes and defecating in her mouth.

“Last Friday, on this broadcast,” the MSNBC host began, “I made some comments which were deeply offensive and directed at Governor Sarah 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.”

“My words were wholly unacceptable. They were neither accurate, nor fair. They were unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics, and they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said,” he added.

He continued, adding that he had tarnished America’s great tradition of being a place where ideas from all areas can be heard and discussed.

“Upon reflection, I so wish that I had been more thoughtful, more considerate, more compassionate, but I was not. And what I said is now a matter of public record,” he said. “But if I could add something to the public record,” Bashir added, “it would be this: That I deeply regret what I said, and that I have learned a sober lesson in these last few days.”

“That the politics of vitriol and destruction is a miserable place to be, and a miserable person to become. And I promise that I will take the opportunity to learn from this experience. My hope is that it will renew in me a spirit of humility and humanity, that looks for the good and that builds upon the great things that this country has to offer to all of us, regardless of our political persuasion. This will be my guiding light and compass in the days ahead. But once again, I am truly sorry for what I said on Friday,” he added.

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