Last week, Sarah Palin compared the national debt to slavery, saying both are examples of one being "beholden to a foreign master."
It wasn't the ex-governor's finest hour.
But this controversial statement was quickly overshadowed by Martin Bashir's critique of Palin, as the MSNBC analyst referred to the former Vice Presidential candidate as a "world class idiot" and added that someone should shove feces in her mouth.
On air, Bashir recounted an excerpt from an 18th century plantation owner that mentioned how the man used to deal with unruly slaves, specifically one named Hector who the owner "flogged and "pickled" and then put "shit in his mouth."
Bashir then said Palin made an "outstanding candidate" for this same punishment.
Yeah. Safe to say an apology from the reporter was called for.
"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," the MSNBC host said at the outset of his program yesterday.
"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, and and at a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse and to focus on issues that matter to all of us."