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MSNBC host Martin Bashir resigns after Palin remarks

MSNBC host Martin Bashir resigned Wednesday after making controversial comments on his show Nov. 15 about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

“After meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments,” Mr. Bashir wrote in a statement. “I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers.”

On his show, Mr. Bashir had called Ms. Palin a “world-class idiot” for comparing U.S. indebtedness to China to slavery. He then quoted from the diary of a plantation owner who punished his slaves by having others defecate in their mouths, and suggested that Ms. Palin would be an “outstanding candidate” for such treatment.

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