Ah, the glamor and dignity of the 24-hour news cycle!
Some background: On Nov. 9, Sarah Palin compared the national debt to human slavery at a big fundraiser. Naturally, her remarks provoked quite a bit of outrage — particularly from Martin Bashir, who called Palin a “world class idiot” on his MSNBC show Friday.
But Bashir didn’t stop there. “It’s hardly surprising that [Palin] should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history,” he continued. “So here’s an example.” He went on to quote a first-person account written by plantation overseer Thomas Thistlewood in 1756, which reports that upon being caught eating sugarcane, a slave named Darby was “well flogged and picked.”
Oh, and after that, the overseer “made Hector, another slave, sh– in his mouth.”