Appearing on Fox & Friends this morning to promote her war-on-Christmas book, Sarah Palin tried extremely hard not to gloat about the resignation of MSNBC host Martin Bashir, who suggested on air that someone “s-h-i-t” in her mouth for glossing over the brutality of slavery. “Obviously his comments were hurtful and wrong. Do you think resigning is enough?” asked Elisabeth Hasselbeck, nostalgic for more public forms of humiliation, like the stocks. “My role is to accept his apology and be humble enough to accept it and move on,” replied Palin, who prepared one of her signature word salads for the occasion:
But I just hope that unprovoked attacks like that don’t result in people being hesitant to jump in the arena anyway. To get out there and serve the public or, you know, start a business or really commit themselves to changing what’s in their family, their community, their world, doing whatever that they can, despite the fact that in this world, you are going to be hurt and attacks will come your way. I just hope an attack like that doesn’t make people hesitant.
Asked again by the always smooth Steve Doocy how MSNBC could let Bashir resign instead of firing him, Palin added, “It was refreshing to see, though, that many in the media did come out and say, ‘Look, our standards have got to be higher on this.’ Those with that platform, with a microphone, a camera in their face, they have to have some more responsibility taken.” The cast of Fox & Friends — Fox & Friends! — could only nod in agreement.