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Martin Bashir, unhinged

If you don't think Sarah Palin is getting under the media's skin, then simply read what follows:

martin-bashir.jpg"It's time now to Clear the Air and to ask a question: what is the purpose behind Sarah Palin's current bus tour? It's difficult to ask that question directly because Sarah Palin specializes in checkbook journalism. That is, she only gives interviews to a network that pays her in excess of $1 million a year. So we're forced to make judgements from the outside and it all looks like the precursor to a presidential campaign. The vehicle itself reminds us of all those campaign buses that crisscross the nation at election time. The media are ever-present, catching her every handshake and every book signing. And the journey itself - visiting locations of national importance along the East Coast and proclaiming once again as the most patriotic American that ever lived.

And yet, even in her paid-for interview, she seems coy and almost confused about what she's doing. "This is not a campaign bus," she said on Fox News. "This is a bus to express to American how much we appreciate our foundation and to invite more people to be interested about all that is good about America." It all sounds like a wonderful commitment to American values and American history, but it's nothing of the kind. In fact, the whole thing could be in breach of a federal law because the United States Flag Code establishes important rules for the use and display of the stars and stripes, the flag of the United States. Under standards of respect and etiquette, it's made clear that the flag of the United States should never be used for any advertising purpose whatsoever. Yet that's precisely what Sarah Palin is doing. She's using the flag of the United States for her own financial purposes. She drapes herself in the stars and stripes and makes millions of dollars in the process. This has got nothing to do with the presidency and everything to do with filling her pockets. And by raising her profile, she raises her income. It is as simple as that. So she was right when she said that hers is not a campaign bus. It's a cash bus and she'll keep it rolling for as long as she can. Thanks so much for watching."

We've yet to confirm that upon signing off, Mr. Bashir promptly suffered a stroke.  But stand by as I suspect a rash of medical emergencies across mainstream media outlets as Sarah continues to play them like a violin.

For sheer entertainment value, check out the video of Bashir's lunacy at the link.


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Comments (22)

I didn't know the symptoms ... (Below threshold)

I didn't know the symptoms of a stroke included the outright explosion of the head.

Maybe I'm out of the loop, ... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Maybe I'm out of the loop, but I actually don't know who Martin Bashir is. Do his opinions have any relevance of which I should be made aware?

It once again shows the sel... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

It once again shows the selective rage of the liberal journalist. MSNBC has used the U.S. Flags in advertisement several times. Obama has controlled and limited Media access and questions. Not to mention where his outrage when protestors and “artist” actually do desecrated the flag.

Martin has simply lost his ... (Below threshold)
yttik:

Martin has simply lost his marbles. However there is a huge double standard going on, mostly from the left, but some on the right too, and it's nothing but sexism. Obama is expected to raise a billion dollars, male candidates raise money all the time and people hardly bat an eye. Palin however, she's cashing in, filling her pockets, exploiting the pocketbook, playing games, all said with a sneer, as if making money were a crime, as if Palin were actually stealing it with her manipulative ways. And these things are said with a straight face even after the DNC sold us a bill of goods so phony it makes selling waterfront property in Nevada sound ethical.

Martin doesn't care about the flag, he cares that Palin is making money and he believes that's something women shouldn't do.

The state run media's obses... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

The state run media's obsession with Sara Palin is unprecedented. It's not enough to try to destroy her and her family, to bankrupt her and drive her from office with frivolous lawsuits, they have to reach soooooooo very far to find even a scintilla of anything to complain about.

They say she's an idiot, know nothing, yet they continue to smear her at every opportunity.

All because they so fear this woman?

What are these pathetic regressive liberal pussies afraid of?

He and the rest of the medi... (Below threshold)
Stan:

He and the rest of the media are pissed, because Sarah Palin refuses to play their game. She knows what the media does to people that disagree with their chosen candidate. By refusing access to the very hypocritical media that called her an accomplice to the shooting in Tuscon and other slanderous statements, now they want total access to her so they can tear her down more. Well folks, she is having none of that.

She is doing this on her own terms and the hypocritical media be damned. Also, why would you want anyone near your family when all they have done was trash them every chance they could get? That goes for some of the people on our side too.

Hate to say it, but that is... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Hate to say it, but that is your normal everyday sneering Bashir. Check out his recent "interview" of Andrew Breitbart.

He hasn't been the same since NeverLand shut down.

"What are these pathetic... (Below threshold)
SShiell:

"What are these pathetic regressive liberal pussies afraid of?"

It doesn't matter what, only who - SARAH!!!! Martin Bashir was not the first to come out and display open hostility to the woman without a single logical reason to do so. Nor will he be the last. It is the equivilent of Chicken Little's "The Sky is Falling!!!!" And we get to watch Sarah play "Rope-a-Dope" with the media for free!

It don't get any better than this!!!

Martin doesn't car... (Below threshold)
Brett :
Martin doesn't care about the flag, he cares that Palin is making money

..without their their help.

I think what sets them off so much is that she is making her way *independent of the MSM* They have come to expect everyone to cow-tow to them in order to succeed, and to play their game. I mean, you can't have a president that isn't vetted by them. They see clearly that she can win despite them and it completely upsets their world view.

This is just the start, expect it to get *much* worse. The best part is, the more these imbeciles go after her, the more they marginalize themselves because the American people (outside the few liberal hotbeds) *absolutely despise* people like Bashir, and the more they get shafted the better we like it.

Unhinged? This is Rick's s... (Below threshold)
Chico:

Unhinged? This is Rick's second post of the day on the subject.

Of course, using the flag to make cash is American as apple pie. I don't get excited about used car lots draped in red-white-and blue, why bother Sarah if she uses the flag to provide for her family and the next ten generations of Willows, Bristols, Trigs and Tracks?

Idiot. As if it always pay... (Below threshold)

Idiot. As if it always pays off to bash someone displaying the American Flag. (And he looks a little foreign to me, now that you mention it...) hee hee

"What are these pathetic... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"What are these pathetic regressive liberal pussies afraid of?"

Losing control of the narrative. THEY don't see themselves as being reporters of the news, they see themselves as creators and molders of public opinion. They LONG ago got past the 'We report, you decide' phase of news reporting - now it's 'We tell you what to think, so you don't have to think for yourself.'

(Which is why they hate Fox so much - Fox has a bias, but they report pretty much both sides of any story... which doesn't work so well when you're trying to get your audience to form the 'right' conclusions.)

And she's threatening that. She's not playing by the rules they set up, the ones that gave THEM the advantage over the people they're pursuing. The ability to edit interviews as they want, manipulate picture angles, to choose spectacularly unflattering shots (and really, nobody looks good in a shot taken from below while they're talking) and generally push up the candidates they choose while tripping those they don't.

No wonder they're pissed. They see their power going away and with it their importance.

And it's about damn time.

Deranged! So why wasn't O... (Below threshold)
itismedavid:

Deranged! So why wasn't Obama prosecuted for bastardizing the flag

Face it Bashir...you are in... (Below threshold)
gladius:

Face it Bashir...you are in love along with Donnie and Letterman. You guys got it BAD.

It's amazing how the left a... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

It's amazing how the left acts so stupidly over Palin all the while saying she is stupid. Now the MSM is going nuts and Palin is laughing at Chico and his buddies. ww

Once, when the ugly mug of ... (Below threshold)
dlsada:

Once, when the ugly mug of this swarthy, braying jackass was on Nightline, I almost threw a beer bottle at the TV. He has that same smug, "I'm smarter than you because I have a foreign accent" that Cristianne Amanpour sports. I hated Ted Koppel; I hate Terry Moran and Cynthia McFadden, but I utterly despise this ignorant s%*^head.

"And yet, even in her paid-... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"And yet, even in her paid-for interview"


As if Barry doesn't get paid for his inept prompter recitations. Martin Bastird? Never even heard of the fool.

Blankets, sheets, towels, c... (Below threshold)
cstmbuild:

Blankets, sheets, towels, clothes, napkins, plates etc are ALL adorned with American Flags yet no one says anything. Palin's bus has three red and white wavy stripes on it. (The only picture I have seen being at MichelleMalkin's site). Yes, I am sure it signafing an American flag, but....that is the best thing he could come up with? Really? And he is a national writer? (Personally, I have never heard of him)

The more they complain the funnier it gets. Keep them distracted Sarah and maybe we can finally knock them down completely.

One more thing the U.S. Fla... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

One more thing the U.S. Flag Code that he sites is for advisory rules. Basically spells out etiquette. There is no penalty for not complying. The law was to help people display the Flag in an honorable way. Next he will accuse the National Guard for violating the law since they have flags painted on a HMMV. Regardless the accusation is unfounded.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Flag_Code

Actually I'm LMAOROTFF!. P... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Actually I'm LMAOROTFF!. Palin is letting the MSM gut themselves.....while she's out having fun.

I was channel surfing when ... (Below threshold)

I was channel surfing when I came upon the Bashir tirade. At first I thought it was an SNL parody, then I realized, no, this arrogant British twit who made his name by interviewing white trash Princess Di and black trash MIchael Jackson, is telling me about respect for the flag of the United States? Telling me that Palin is running afoul of "federal law" because she used the flag to advertise herself? It was so unbelievable I stood there gasping like a giant goldfish plucked out of his bowl.

This performance should put an end to Bashir's miserable stay among us. He should head back to London and take Piers Morgan and Christiane Amanpour with him.

OMG. Every store in Americ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

OMG. Every store in America is committing a felony when they have a Memorial Day or Fourth of July sale advert in the paper or on TV!!!!
oh noes.




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