Martin Bashir Doubles His CBS Six Seconds

March 9th, 2015 4:51 PM

A week after getting his face on screen for three seconds as host of a cable TV program showing on a TV in a restaurant in a scene on CBS’s Madame Secretary, Bashir earned six seconds on Sunday night’s episode.

Bashir is infamous for charging that Sarah Palin deserved to be punished by having someone defecate into her mouth, a vile diatribe which forced him off of MSNBC in late 2013.

The CBS series revolves around Tèa Leoni as “Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord.”

In the March 8 episode (above), “McCord’s” two teenage daughters briefly watch Bashir on a TV in their kitchen as the TV host, played by Bashir, reports on an incident in Turkey: “The State Department denies any direct American involvement.”

Bashir’s three seconds on the March 1 episode (scene desription in my March 5 post):


On November 15, 2013, reacting to Sarah Palin’s comparison of excessive debt to slavery, Bashir spewed this, which earned him the MRC’s 2013 “Quote of the Year” in our “Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting”:

“One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years....In 1756, he records that ‘a slave named Darby catched eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.’ This became known as ‘Darby’s Dose,’ a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of the slave owners’ savagery and inhumanity....When Mrs. Palin invoked slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.”

A few weeks later, Bashir left MSNBC.