It's never easy being MSNBC -- forever trying to be the touchy-feely network putting a liberal spin on all news all the time.
Obamacare alone coupled with HealthCare.gov makes MSNBC news coverage a nightmare. How you put a positive spin on that is beyond difficult. But MSNBC tries. Oh, they do try.
But now comes the misbehavior of two of MSNBC's talk show hosts.
Alec Baldwin had a Baldwin-esque meltdown in New York City when he called a photographer a derogatory term for homosexuals preceded by a graphic and earthy term for what gays may or may not do in the bedroom. This was his second public anti-gay slur. The first time liberals gave him a pass and MSNBC gave him a late-night show. But this time, MSNBC -- detecting a pattern, perhaps? -- suspended him and Baldwin later tweeted that he may not be back.
And another MSNBC host, Martin Bashir, said something even worse. This comment was not born not out of anger; this is what passes for actual political analysis and discourse on MSNBC.
Get this: Sarah Palin said about America's debt that, "It's going to be like slavery when that note is due. We're going to be beholden to a foreign master ... because there is no plan coming out of Washington, D.C., to stop the incurrence of debt, is there?"
Now, you can take Palin's spin on the national debt, or you can leave it. Either way it is fair commentary. At least it is in my book.
As Breitbart News reported: "According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, one of the definitions of 'slavery' is 'submission to a dominating influence.'"
And, you'd think the left would be okay with that reference since Occupy Wall Street protesters also likened the debt to slavery.
But you'd be wrong. Because Sarah Palin, one of the stronger conservative women on the scene right now, said it, she gets this kind of treatment from MSNBC.
Brietbart's Tony Lee comments: "Bashir said Palin deserved a punishment known as 'Darby's dose' because she compared the federal debt to slavery by using slavery in a general -- and not a racial -- sense. He gave an example in Thomas Thistlewood, an overseer of slaves at a major plantation in Jamaica in the 1700s. Bashir said that in his diary, Thistlewood wrote, 'A slave named Darby catched eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, (expletive) in his mouth.
Bashir said this became known as 'Darby's dose.'"
Then said Bashir when 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."
Another lovely image from an MSNBC "thinker." Like I said, it ain't easy being MSNBC these days.
PS: You wonder where the so-called women's groups are in this aftermath. If this had been Rush Limbaugh saying this about Nancy Pelosi, do you think we'd be hearing silence this Monday? Well, do ya?
Update -- Martin Bashir has now apologized on air for his Palin comment. He said his words were "wholly unacceptable ... neither accurate, nor fair." Good for Martin Bashir. That was the right thing to do. Enough said.