NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin‘s political action committee has asked NBC News whether commentator Martin Bashir will be disciplined for comments about the former Alaska governor that the PAC called appalling.
Bashir apologized Monday for suggesting that Palin be punished for a remark she made about slavery by having someone defecate in her mouth. He made the commentary on his MSNBC show on Friday afternoon.
Tim Crawford, treasurer of Palin’s PAC, said in a letter to NBC News President Deborah Turness and MSNBC chief Phil Griffin that “Americans deserve to know that your network doesn’t condone violent and hateful rhetoric.”
NBC News and MSNBC representatives did not have any immediate answers about Bashir’s status on Wednesday.
Bashir had attacked Palin and her “long-diseased mind” after playing video of a speech where she compared the United States’ potential indebtedness to China to slavery. He told the story of Thomas Thistlewood, a former overseer at a plantation who described in diaries how he dealt with wayward slaves by, in one case, having another slave defecate in the mouth of the miscreant. In another case, someone urinated in the face of a slave being punished.
Bashir said that when Palin talks about slavery, she’s a candidate for the same punishment.