Watch Martin Bashir's Staggeringly Stupid Op-Ed Comparing Mel Gibson to Japan [With Commentary]

I never liked Martin Bashir. He’s smarmy, built a career on ruining Michael Jackson’s life, and once told a room of journalists that Asian women give him a boner. I guess his accent tricks the right people into thinking he has something intelligent to say, because he is a continued unwelcome presence in my home: First, as co-anchor of Nightline (ugh, Ted Koppel how I miss thee), and now manning the desk of his very own show on MSNBC, called simply, Martin Bashir.

“Clear the Air” is that part of Martin Bashir where the host gets something off his chest, via a pre-written editorial. It’s the kind of segment which Rachel Maddow (and, in happier times, Keith Olbermann) could deploy to devastating effect. Bashir, not so much. I’ve transcribed the entirety of today’s “Clear the Air,” which I’ve taken the liberty to annotate in parenthesis, for your reading terror.


MARTIN BASHIR: "It’s time to Clear the Air, and on Friday morning, one man might have been tempted to think that he was incredibly fortunate that the story of his own unstable and volatile behavior would also be buried underneath the horrific earthquake in Japan—news which has dominated this and every broadcast. [I’m sorry: Is Martin Bashir about to introduce a Charlie Sheen segment using a mind-bogglingly insensitive Japanese earthquake metaphor that plays on the word “buried?” That simply cannot be, right?] But just two weeks after the Academy Awards, Mel Gibson [Psych! It’s not about Charlie Sheen at all. He totally had you going] who’s collected not one but two of those precious Oscar statuettes [you can’t impress Martin with your shiny awards], picked up three new awards: 16 hours of community service, 12 months of counseling, and three years probation [another great metaphor!]. Friday’s award ceremony [they should rename this show Metaphors-R-Us!] took place in Court 803 at the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse, and though there were plenty of cameras outside, there was no red carpet, no champagne, and only the company of other petty criminals. [Ugh, shut up, Martin Bashir!] For a fabulously wealthy and extraordinarily talented man, this was no way to crown a career. [Who, besides Whoopi Goldberg gives a rat’s ass about how Mel Gibson’s career will be crowned at this point?]

A disputed incident in January of last year was the cause of Mr. Gibson’s appearance. His girlfriend and the mother of his youngest child claimed he’d punched her teeth out during a row at their home. But the strongest evidence didn’t come from dental records, but tape-recorded conversations which took place between them a few months later. In between some racist slurs and full-blown sexism [as opposed to a “full-blown half-wit,” which is what you are], Mr. Gibson says, “I’ll put you in an f-ing rose garden. You need an f-ing bat in the side of the head,” amongst other foul and fearful comments [you would know]. Unfortunately for him, Mr. Gibson’s performance was typically convincing, whether he meant it or not. And so on Friday, he plead no context to a charge of spousal battery.

There are some who are now saying that his career is finished, his character radioactive. Strangely enough, it’s almost exactly what’s being said of that region in the northeast of Japan, where explosions have occurred at a nuclear power plant [I swear to god he said this. The (unembeddable) video is linked below if you don’t believe me]. Yet somehow, there’s every confidence that just three days after the earthquake, the Japanese people will rebuild their land and restore their nation. Indeed, there’s no doubt about it. But there’s much less confidence in Mel Gibson’s ability to salvage his own career [millions displaced + tens of thousands dead + the threat of another Chernobyl = getting Lethal Weapon 5 back on track. Yup, nothing wrong with that math].

Which leads us [leave me out of this] to ask a somewhat difficult question: Is it easier to rebuild a devastated country than it is to restore a devastated character. I’m not sure of the answer, but perhaps the key to recovery starts with the word “humility”—something that the Japanese know all about. [Now is the part where Martin teaches us all about Japanese culture. Did you know they consider a compliment to belch after a meal? Tee-hee!] They live humbly with Mother Nature [make it stop] knowing that just as there have been many earthquakes in the past, so they’ll be many more in the future [since you know nothing about anything, I’ll ask that you please stop talking now].

And Japan is known for being the best-prepared nation on earth for an earthquake. [I guess you’re going to keep talking.] And that’s probably because there’s a level of humility...Mr. Gibson is well-known to be a man of deep, personal faith. And maybe now is the time, either during his community service or counseling, for him to start humbly rebuilding his world. [You mean, like the Japanese are “humbly” about to rebuild theirs?] His film, The Passion of the Christ, focused on the New Testament gospel accounts. But here’s a quotation from the Old Testament, from the prophet Micah, which may seem perfectly appropriate for Mr. Gibson: “‘And what does the Lord require of you,’ asked the prophet. ‘To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?’” And if the Japanese can do it, then why not Mel Gibson, too?" [That’s some big talk from the guy who tricked Michael Jackson into thinking he was making a documentary that would humanize the singer for the world, and instead craftily edited together a portrait of a lunatic recluse and dangerous child predator, using only circumstantial evidence and damning innuendo. Pretty big, indeed.]


As far as I’m concerned, this editorial is grounds for not only Bashir’s immediate termination and lifetime suspension from U.S. airwaves, but for his complete expulsion from our planet— preferably via some kind of single-occupant spacecraft, launched into the dark abyss, where we’ll never again be exposed to his musings on the true nature of celebrity redemption as it compares to the unerringly humble, possibly radioactive peoples of a devastated Japan.

Watch the full "Clear the Air" segment here.

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To those of you who suggest that viewers just "turn the channel" or "just ignore" Bashir are missing one major point. If he's allowed to continue to play a role in the media, he will continue to disrupt and destroy other people's lives by spreading lies about them. It's his M.O. If you were a famous person, you wouldn't want Bashir to ever know that you even exist, therefore you would want him on that one-man space capsule because you would be a potential victim of his. So, I would advise that you encourage those of us who want him off the air to continue in our attempt to try to restore media journalism to an honorable place where it belongs.
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Well surprise surprise Mr. Bashir has been on air for how long and already he is creating ‘waves ‘with MSNBC‘s American /Japanese audience .I am totally astonished that the executives of MSNBC would allow Martin Bashir to continue to pollute our air waves .Please do us all a favor and clean our air of this man, who has made a career specializing in editorial slander. Heads should roll in the Human Resource department with whoever signed off his credentials .Great article Seth the man is not worthy of any journalistic respect and any station that employs him is tainted with the same brush .A Japanese proverb that MSNBC executives should heed .
‘Ayamachitewa aratamuruni habakaru koto nakare.’ If you make a mistake, don't hesitate to correct it.
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Comparing Mel Gibson's personal problems to the tsunami in Japan?--oh please--NOW I've heard everything!!!! Hey Bashir, put your brain in your head where it belongs and stop keeping it in your butt!!!!
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Martin Bashir's comments comparing the plight of actor Mel Gibson to the horrific tragedy that is taking place in Japan is offensive, insulting and disgusting! In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that left thousands dead, thousand missing and Japan teetering on the brink of a nuclear disaster, to make this extented comparison was in the worst possible case and almost criminal! What was he thinking? What was MSNBC thinking when they hired him?



MSNBC should have known about Bashir's penchant for making inappropriate comments. A few years ago the ridiculous "journalist" had to apologize for offensive comments he made about his co-anchor Ju Ju Chang, about Asian women, and about women in general. He made these blunders at a conference of the Asian American Journalist's Association. His lack

of sense and sensitivity should not have gone unnoticed by the MSNBC recruiting team.



In light of the fact that Bashir's program is less than two months old and already cause for embarassment and concern, MSNBC should seriously think about cancelling his contract. Time to "Clear the Air"? NO! Time to clear the host's chair and hire a new one!
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A very unfortunate and distasteful analogy. Someone at MSNBC should apologize to the Japanese people.
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@ Tnelisabetta, mermayd, safibwana: You make your comments about Michael Jackson based upon falsehoods and innuendo made real to you by pseudo-reporters like Martin Bashir, who deal in lies if the truth isn't shocking or titillating enough. Understand that the unethical media have stolen your ability to discern what is true, and you let them do it. Fight that trend by doing your own research before you judge, the truth is out there for you. Bashir continues to make a fool of himself - fortunately, so the networks will wise up and put him out to pasture. We've had enough lies, we want ethical reporting, wake up MSNBC! Thank you Seth for calling this phony out. Keep it up!
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Don't worry, Seth. Bashir has entered the Delusion of Invincibility Stage common to many who have repeatedly escaped their misdeeds and even been rewarded for them. He's quoting scripture now and advising the fallen. Next: he'll appear in ceremonial garb for the daily "Let's Clear the Air, Brothers and Sisters" ritual, complete with laying on of hands and the solemn application of healing ointments. Then, filled with the Power of self importance and the Confidence of endless second chances, Bashir will ascend the nearest corporate tower, walk to the edge, open wide his arms, lean forward certain of his own immortality, and land in the nearest booby hatch. You must admit it’s less expensive then launching him into space.
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If anyone wants to see both documentaries, and judge for yourself how they were shamelessly and unethically edited, they are both at this website. (One must not forget James Goldston, the executive producer in the editing room with Bashir when the travesty mockumentary was produced.)

http://www.bashir-goldston.webs.com
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While I surely wouldn't waste 10 seconds watching Bashir's show, how can the president of MSNBC think millions of others will, and love every word that slips from his "forked" tongue? He makes me uncomfortable just looking at him and judging from the previous comments he's made and his highly questionable tactics used in the interviews that made him famous (i.e. Princess Diana and Michael Jackson), I would never allow this man anywhere near me, let alone sit down and bare my soul to him.

I find his analogy of this terrible natural disaster to Gibson's behavior so inappropriate and pathetic. Does this man have no shame or sense of impropriety at all?
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And thank you ToriTompkins for your great comments. I read through them all and you are 100% correct. Everyone should read through ToriTompkins comments and when you get the time watch, ‘Living with Michael Jackson, Take Two' to see the truth.
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Martin Bashir = Worst. Journalist. Ever.

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He is not a journalist. He is tabloid. I 2nd the motion to suspend him permanently from U.S. airwaves and expulse him from planet Earth a.s.a.p. I boycotted Niteline and never watched it since he hosted it. Every time I see his face it makes me want to puke after how he edited the footage from his time with Michael Jackson to falsify everything! No need to go into that again because this article covers that topic perfectly. And now here he goes again with this absolutely disgusting tabloid piece of garbage with Japan and Mel Gibson. Talk about selling your soul to the devil to advance your career more than once. Bashir is a liar and a con-artist.
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Seth thank you for taking the time to transcribe this incredibly tasteless rant of Martin Bashir. I for the life of me can not understand why MSNBC hired this individual. Martin Bashir is tabloid journalism at its peak. Untruthful, low life that will go to any lengths to obtain what he wants. Case in point, Princess Diana and the editing of the show Bashir did with Michael Jackson. Why would MSNBC want to be associated with this yellow journalist? Comparing the repair of Japan to the repair of Mel Gibson's life????? Giving a description and lesson on humility??? Bashir go find that humility for yourself. MSNBC get rid of this toxic journalist before he pulls your ratings down further. And no, Michael Jackson's advocates have not forgotten what and how Bashir used, abused, and manipulated the documentary on Michael Jackson produced by Bashir. MSNBC, get rid of him while you are ahead.
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.... I fail to understand why MSNBC would choose to be represented by one with such a marred and unscrupulous reputation. When faced with a journalist who possesses neither integrity nor professionalism and reporting which bows to the salaciousness of tabloid publications many, including myself, would rather seek their information elsewhere.
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...More recently P Diddy accused Mr Bashir of racism over comments he made during a CNN interview. Diddy's complaint centred on Mr Bashir's criticism of his parenting techniques-in particular an expensive car he had purchased for his son’s birthday. Diddy felt such a question was deeply inappropriate and implicitly linked to race and prejudice.
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...it is also now widely believed that it was Mr Bashir\'s decision to have Gavin and Michael hold hands, not Michael's, as he wished to suggest that something untoward was taking place when it was not. Futhermore, during Mr Jackson's 2005 trial, Mr Bashir was also accused of some extremely serious misdemeanours including the forging of signatures on key documents.
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...However, when the documentary aired, the home Mr Bashir praised in front of Mr Jackson as a spiritually beautiful enterprise was dubbed a dangerous place for children. For full evidence of the extent to which Mr Bashir manipulated and misrepresented Mr Jackson's words and actions, the unedited version of the documentary, entitled, ‘Living with Michael Jackson, Take Two', can be viewed on You Tube.
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.... Also, the manner in which Mr Bashir approached and edited the living with Michael Jackson documentary was not simply bias but also loaded with serious accusations concerning the conduct of an innocent man. Evidence suggets that it was Mr Bashir's sole aim to destroy Mr Jackson\'s reputation from the outset. For example, Mr Bashir asked Mr Jackson to invite a group of underprivileged children to Neverland, explaining to Mr Jackson that his crew would film the event and thus make known the full extent of his humanitarian work.
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I must commend this writer for highlighting the true, unprofessional nature of Mr Bashir's reporting style and suggesting that this incident should lead to his permanent removal from the US airwaves. That Mr Bashir would deem it appropriate to draw a correlation between Mel Gibson's career and the appalling horrors faced by the Japanese people in the wake of the recent disasters is, sickeningly, yet another example of the unethical behaviour which has coloured his entire career. For example, Mr Bashir manipulated Princess Diana into taking part in his interview by presenting her with "forged bank statements which indicated payments by newspapers to shadowy offshore companies." He proceeded to tell her that she was in danger and thus, out of fear, she agreed to co-operate and take part in the programme.
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I'm curious--how exactly did Martin Bashir ruin Michael Jackson's life? That old journalism trick of pointing a camera at him and pushing RECORD?
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Thank you Mr. Abramovitch for making sense out of the senseless. After being fired at ABC/Disney, MSNBC made the glaringly erroneous decision to hire this baffoon. Your article, with injected commentary, underscores the absurdity of ANY respectable network aligning itself with the crass, insensitive drivelings of this tabloid monkey! Bashir, underhandedly and surreptitiously, misled Michael Jackson out of greed and in order to advance his own career. He has proven himself time and time again to be dishonest, unscrupulous and unethical. In your article, you emphasize the mistake made by MSNBC--they hired him and he again exposes his ignorance and total lack of sensitivity. At this devastating time in the world's history, Bashir chooses to make a comparison between the disaster in Japan and Mel Gibson's infamy? This is just the sort of "reporting" to be expected from this sorry excuse for a human being. If MSNBC was smart (and valued their viewers), they would listen to the thousands of calls for Bashir's firing. At least it is comforting to know that you and other respectable journalists understand and condemn the actions of Martin Bashir. I just wish that MSNBC had the courage to do the right thing!
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Be still my heart! When I read Clear The Air and Bashir's name in the same sentence I actually thought MSNBC had done the right thing and fired his sorry self. Face it Bashir doesn't use the brain God gave him - then or now - Didn't MSNBC check references - obviously not. They really scraped the bottom of the barrel when they hired this fool who edits footage to paint an incorrect picture or acts like a confidant to get people to say things they wouldn't otherwise say. Journalism? Yes, YELLOW Journalism and the station that has Bashir on it will never be taken seriously. Horrid little man.
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Bashir needs to get the boot. I thought we would be protected from him (at least in my area) when I read his show was on a 3 in the afternoon while I was at work. Talk about a demotion from his high perch at ABC! He's a despicable snake who should be banned from television. What was MSNBC thinking? That Michael Jackson's supporters would "forget" about Bashir if he didn't show up on MSNBC's lineup for six months after he was hired? No way will that happen. I have personally written to every higher up at MSNBC (and ABC before that), never a reply; they do not care about their viewers and that's why they lose viewers. But that does not compute. Bashir literally contributed to the crucifixion by the media of an innocent man, and yet continues in his evil pursuits.



Seth, I loved your highlighted commentary in this article. As one commenter said, we do have the power to "change the remote", but in this country we also have the power of free speech, to call out those, such as Bashir, who are not genuine journalists and use the power of the pen to confuse and distract the public from the real issues. If Bashir can spout his garbage publicly, then the public has every right to call him out on his lies and distortions.
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Executives at MSNBC have got to be deaf, dumb and blind to their viewers' opinions. I have complained to them in various ways as have many thousands of others about this guy. What does it take to make them realize the toxicity of Martin Bashir? This latest opinion piece of his is, to be undeservedly polite: pompous, gossip-mongering, hypocritical, smarmy, dismissive, and just plain inappropriate. I added "hypocritical" to the list specifically because Mr. Bashir has no business quoting the Bible on the subject of acting justly or loving mercy or walking humbly. Perhaps HE himself should heed what that passage means. He wasn’t thinking of any of these behavioral guidelines when he was making Michael Jackson’s life miserable, now was he? MSNBC you can be better than this!
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Well, looky here! Supporters of Michael Jackson have been screaming for years that Martin Bashir is an unscrupulous idiot and he’s just proved them absolutely right. What sort of a crass fool would, firstly, think to use the tragic events in Japan to ridicule the lifestyle of a fallen celebrity and, secondly, think that his audience would appreciate it. Was it meant to be funny? Perhaps he also thought it was amusing to persuade the Princess of Wales to publicly admit her husband’s infidelity, or to suggest that Jackson was some sort of perverted freak-show. At least, for the moment, Charlie Sheen is safe from his degenerate sense of humor.



If any of us had any hopes left that Bashir could show some journalistic and social integrity, they have been well and truly dashed. In the name of human decency, please get this man off our screens!
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I don't even know WHY Bashir is still on air. His boss must think we are amused by his ignorance and his stupid comments. But we're NOT.



They are actually humiliating their own network. Nobody wants to be exposed to that kind of grotesque and ignorant character.



Bashir is born without any charisma or intelligence, yet he is on air, while there are many young, fresh, PROFESSIONNAL journalists out there, waiting for the big break they deserve. What a waste. MSNBC, you lost me, and thousands of people so far. How low do you still want to go?
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It escapes me why Bashir is still on air. He has proven himself time and time again to be unethical, building a name for himself using dirty tactics, innuendos and misrepresentation of the truth. What he did to Mr. Jackson should have been evidence enough that this man has absolutely no morals or scruples, so why is he still wearing his journalistic cap? To compare Mel Gibson's troubled personal life and career to the utter devastation in Japan is unthinkable, tasteless, cold-hearted and blatantly inappropriate. He should have been gone long ago, and I hope MSNBC, if they value their credibility, removes him from their airwaves and sends him packing. Good post Seth.
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What a Moron. Bashir is a distastful person and an horrible, unscrupulous yellow journalist. Even if you take Michael Jackson out of the equation, which, let's face it Bashir completely back stabbed Mr. Jackson, one has to look at his unethical track record of lying to people to further his career. He was kicked out of the UK for this behavior and dismissed by ABC. Why is he still on the airwaves? Is MNSBC that hard up, or have they gone tabloid like most media outlets? I'm glad someone has finally called it like they saw it. What a refreshing change.
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I liked your inserted commentary, Seth--it made me laugh out loud! Bashir is of course, not only an idiot but a pretentious, sly, and small-minded idiot. What is the matter with MSNBC? Bashir is widely regarded as a treacherous snake. Personally, I can't stand the sight of his face (make that two faces) on the screen. Surely there are some qualified people out there who could do a better job than he does? No to MSNBC till he's canned.
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Hey Seth,
While I completely agree with you about Martin Bashir being the world's greatest idiot, I think there may have been a better way to write your own editorial. The bolded interruptions to the transcript was like a big brother reading over my shoulder making sure I got the point that I should hate on Martin Bashir. Let the audience read the transcript then right your opinion on it. It's hard to get people to agree if you come off like your whining a bit.

That having said, thanks for posting this. While I knew that Bashir was a bit of a tool, it was interesting to see an example of someone in the Media that just doesn't seem to get it, not every metaphor works, you aren't clever for mixing them and even with free speech people should watch what they say or fear the wrath of the internet.
Anyway, those are my two cents.
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Good 1, Seth! Loved it! I really hope that when another world comes, the so-called "holier than thou" individuals whoever had something to say about Michael will be shown a.) how incredibly WRONG they were especially while wallowing in their stubbornness; b.) how incredibly judgmental they were on someone that they didn't even know & finally c.) make them live a few minutes of the down side aspects of his life for a change. Being Michael Jackson wasn't easy. Those who think they could do better, I say, let them live his life for awhile & deal w/ all that it contained. It wasn't all glitter gloves, concerts, & moola. It so easy to be an armchair pundit & make a perfect assessment about someone you only know in the public eye (who could honestly buy & sell you) because of what you were spoon fed by the media's pablum like the proverbial BABIES that you are. It must be wonderful to sit in judgment of someone else despite the fact that YOUR LIVES are indeed less than stellar. People like "mermayd" & "safibwana" their ilk, can sit up their & talk crap despite the fact that they have MAJOR bills to pay, a CRAPPY job to tolerate, UNGRATEFUL spouses, & BRATTY children who probably don't even respect you. But it's okay... you people are SO MUCH BETTER THAN a man who not only was a great entertainer but 1 of the worlds most well loved philanthropist. I mean after all... you leave snarky comments because they make you feel good about yourself, while doing nothing to contribute to the world as a whole. Maybe in the next world these people will learn that they are not as slick, sly, crafty & clever as they seem to THINK that they are.

WOW,,,,way to stand in judgment of others, as you accuse people of standing in judgement of others. Do everyone a favor and practice what you preach. It's this simple, any of us, myself included, that come in here, and think for a second that they are contributing anything to the social unconcious, or to the overall debate about anything is a fool. This is a site for freaking television. You really think this is important? Do YOURSELF a favor (see I can do that too), and get out OF YOUR HOUSE and pay ATTENTION TO YOUR KIDS, and worry about YOUR LIFE, and don't worry about other peoples. I know, I am doing the same thing, but the difference between you and me, I seem to know it. One last thing, as far as Michael goes, get over yourselves. We all know what happened, accusations aside, we know the facts, and the facts simply show a man that had no place having children, had no place in regular society, and was out of touch w/ the real world. this was caused by a number of things, and I don't judge him for it, those are just facts. If you can't see that for yourself, maybe you ARE OUT OF TOUCH. I mean, is it really that hard to see that there is something a bit odd and wrong about hanging your baby out of a window, or sleeping w/ children (not sexually), because guess what remember Home Alone, well McCaully admited that that did happen, and we know it did. IT'S STILL FREAKING ODD, AND IT'S NOT OKAY FOR AN ADULT TO SLEEP W/ A CHILD, FATHER/MOTHER, OKAY, FRIEND OF THE FAMILY CREEPY. And if you don't agree, well then I can point you to any number of prisons where there are plenty of people that think like you. Good luck.
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1. if you don't like it change the channel, and grow up. 2. no one is forcing you to watch it, so don't complain when you choose to put yourself through it. grow up. 3. Michael Jackson, no matter of what you think of the man, he had issues, and he needed to grow up. There is something w/ a grown man acting the way in which he did. So, we will never know if he molested children, that is something that will never be answered. What we do know, is how he acted, and the things he did. And all of that aside, he was A FATHER, AND WHEN YOU ARE A FATHER, IT IS TIME TO GROW UP AND ACT LIKE ONE, SOMETHING HE DID NOT DO, AND SOMETHING THAT HE SHOULD HAVE AND WAS RIGHTLY CRITICIZED FOR. 4. yes, Martin Basher, was out of line, yest it was tasteless, yes it shouldn't have been said; but guess what, Americans, all of the news media is focusing on ONE AMERICAN OVER THERE FOR THE PAST DAY, and guess what, one American life pales in comparison to the thousands that were lost. So don't give me that crap about Bashir only, you have a problem, you take it up w/ all of them. Grow up Seth, and learn how to propely use a remote. At least then I won't have to read about you complaining because apparently someone held a gun to your head and made you watch something that you stated, 'is a continued unwelcome presence in my home'. Well if it's a continued unwelcomed presence, why bring it into your life period. Oh wait, because it generates ratings, or add revenue, or whatever it is that puts the money in your pocket. You are no better then an anti smoking nut, who willingly walks into a smoke shop, knowing that they allow LEGAL smoking, and start to complain about second hand smoke. Guess what, you wouldn't need to complain if you didn;t put yourself there. OH WAIT you did, so you don't have a right to complain, about any of it. You my friend, are exactly what's wrong w/ this country.
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Thank you, Seth Abramovitch, for your wisdom in recognizing and writing about the smarmy Martin Bashir. Bashir’s effrontery in even discussing Japan’s pain in this way is lacking in sensitivity and borders on cruelty. But, that should be no surprise. He has made a name for himself in falsifying information to get a story such as faking bank statements to get the interview with Princess Diana. His one-sided smarmy documentary about Michael Jackson, clearly a hatchet job edited to show Jackson in the worst light as proven in Jackson’s own footage in the Maury Povich hosted “Michael Jackson, the Footage You Were Never Meant To See” is another example. Abramovitch mentions the sexist remarks about Asian female journalists but does not mention Bashir’s racist behavior in a recent interview with Sean Combs. Thank goodness Charlie Sheen had the good sense to say no to an interview with the completely untrustworthy and manipulative Bashir. The list of unethical behavior goes on including incidents with Joe Arapaio, the Church of Scientology, and George Best. Bashir has even kept evidence from a crime scene and has been censured in his native UK. Now he is over here wreaking havoc. Disney/ABC woke up and jettisoned this guy. I hope MSNBC will too. I don’t plan on watching MSNBC any time soon as long as Bashir is still there. At least it seems Bashir's peers in the industry are aware of his true colors.
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All I can say is, thank God for Seth Abramovitch. While admirers of Michael Jackson have been seething for years about Bashir's disreputable treatment of a generous humanitarian and extraordinarily gifted entertainer, I have had to watch this pathetic excuse for a journalist actually rise in the ranks of mainstream media. It's as if black is white and up is down in the media. Disney/ABC had the good sense to get rid of him, only to have him bubble to the surface of the journalistic cesspool on MSNBC. Bashir said on Jimmy Fallon that he doesn't engage in "sycophantic interviews." Yeah, well, you don't engage in objective interviews, either, you smoldering piece of garbage. Maybe Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, will one day soon get a clue about Bashir, take the loss on Bashir's pay or play contract and kick Bashir to the curb where he belongs. Whaddya say, Phil? Give the public a break. Please.
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Proving once again his lack of compassion, understanding and common decency, Martin Bashir opens his mouth and puts his foot in it. How anyone can consider this man as a credible journalist is beyond my understanding. Didn’t Executives at MSNBC examine his credentials before hiring him? They must be shaking their heads and wondering how they could have made such a mistake. Two weeks in and he’s already in trouble. Clear the air? Clear the airwaves , I say, … of low-calibre, low-class, low-life idiots like Martin Bashir.
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Clear the air of Martin Bashir!
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Good 1, Seth! Loved it! I really hope that when another world comes, the so-called "holier than thou" individuals whoever had something to say about Michael will be shown a.) how incredibly WRONG they were especially while wallowing in their stubbornness; b.) how incredibly judgmental they were on someone that they didn't even know & finally c.) make them live a few minutes of the down side aspects of his life for a change. Being Michael Jackson wasn't easy. Those who think they could do better, I say, let them live his life for awhile & deal w/ all that it contained. It wasn't all glitter gloves, concerts, & moola. It so easy to be an armchair pundit & make a perfect assessment about someone you only know in the public eye (who could honestly buy & sell you) because of what you were spoon fed by the media's pablum like the proverbial BABIES that you are. It must be wonderful to sit in judgment of someone else despite the fact that YOUR LIVES are indeed less than stellar. People like "mermayd" & "safibwana" their ilk, can sit up their & talk crap despite the fact that they have MAJOR bills to pay, a CRAPPY job to tolerate, UNGRATEFUL spouses, & BRATTY children who probably don't even respect you. But it's okay... you people are SO MUCH BETTER THAN a man who not only was a great entertainer but 1 of the worlds most well loved philanthropist. I mean after all... you leave snarky comments because they make you feel good about yourself, while doing nothing to contribute to the world as a whole. Maybe in the next world these people will learn that they are not as slick, sly, crafty & clever as they seem to THINK that they are.
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I can't believe commenters on here are attacking Seth for this article. Really? I mean what an a-hole this guy obviously is. There is even a video link so you can SEE and HEAR how and what he says. This ''journalist'' just compared Mel Gibson's life to the horrible tragedy in Japan. Douche. I just stubbed my toe...reminds me of D-DAY.
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If you sacked people who work in the media for displaying breath taking insensitivity there would be nobody left frankly. I've stopped watching the news because journalists annoy me so much. The excitement with which the media in the UK reported on the demise and eventual death of Jade Goody for example was sickening. They were barely able to contain their glee that there was a huge news event they could cover and that people were going to BUY THEIR NEWSPAPERS.

And you can hardly say Bashir was hell bent on ruining Michael Jacksons' life. MJ did that all on his own.
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Not liking the man prior to this broadcast is hardly a reason to ridicule Seth. Bashir actually said he was unsure which analogy was more difficult to repair. As if the tarnished reputation of one man in ANY way compares to the lost lives, broken families, destroyed crops, and demolished businesses; the years of spoiled lands, including now, the leaked radiation. This article meant well, and I agree, Bashir showed zero class and NO common sense. Regardless of whether or not we could have avoided it, we're here, and we know. Soooo, might as well draw an opinion: Bashir's a douche.
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I agree with rich2244. Stop torturing yourself and just ignore the dude. Don't watch his show, it's the only way to keep him out of the business
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I've never heard of this guy, but this is pretty tame for an editorial, and if the guy makes his living taking down creeps like Michael Jackson and Mel Gibson, more power to him.
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Hey Seth, you seem to like complaining. Next time you see Martin Bashir on television, don't torture yourself. Change the channel.
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"I never liked Martin Bashir." And that's exactly the midset you took when crafting this piece of garbage article. Maybe we could load you into that same spacecraft and get another self-important wannabe writer out of our hair. Your byline should be "by Seth Abramovitch, hack."
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OMG is he freaking serious?!!? to compare mel gibson to the devastation of japan is total travesty!
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