Sarah Palin Reportedly Axed Today Show Interview Over Bashir’s Insults

Despite her lack of public comment on the subject, it’s a pretty safe assumption Sarah Palin is not too happy with MSNBC over Martin Bashir‘s incredibly insulting and disgusting diatribe against her last Friday. And now Fox’s Howard Kurtz is reporting that Palin axed an interview with Today as a protest over NBC’s refusal to say or do anything about Bashir’s rant.

Bashir profusely apologized to Palin on Monday, but there have still been questions over why Bashir was not scolded or punished in any way whatsoever, given how MSNBC handled Alec Baldwin. This is, according to Kurtz, what set Palin off.

Palin has now canceled Lauer’s scheduled trip to Wasilla, a source close to her tells me. It’s not because Palin is upset with Lauer or the “Today” show, but as a protest against NBC for not taking action against Bashir. In fact, Palin once sat in as a “Today” co-host.

Tim Crawford, treasurer of Palin’s political action committee, had told NBC News President Deborah Turness and MSNBC President Phil Griffin that “Americans deserve to know that your network doesn’t condone violent and hateful rhetoric.”
Bashir apologized to Palin and to viewers Monday for his comments, which he called “totally unacceptable.

Palin has been silent thus far, but her colleagues on Fox News have been relentless in hammering Bashir.

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