Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that if “anybody at Fox” said what Martin Bashir said about Sarah Palin, Roger Ailes “would have stormed out of his office and down to the studio, and they would have been yanked off the air that moment.”
Limbaugh’s comments come in the wake of Lara Logan taking a leave of absence from CBS and Alec Baldwin being dismissed from MSNBC. Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, are taking a leave of absence in light of a flawed 60 Minutes report on Benghazi.
Baldwin was dismissed from MSNBC after making a homophobic slur toward a photographer. Martin Bashir, however, remains at the network after his remarks towards Sarah Palin, offering only an apology, which Palin did accept.
“The Regime stands to gain and benefit from that report on 60 Minutes being discredited. I always thought that what happened was that the Regime got with their pals at CBS on this, but to make her the fall guy on this? Well, anyway, it's happened. And there sits Martin Bashir at MSNBC as though it's no big deal, everything's hunky-dory,” Limbaugh said.
“I'll just tell you again, folks, if Bill O'Reilly or if, say, Sean Hannity. If Martha MacCallum had gone on Fox and said that Sarah Palin ought to be, what Bashir said, I guarantee you Roger Ailes would have stormed out of his office and down to the studio and they would have been yanked off the air that moment. Anybody at Fox,” he said.
“I just picked those three named at random, Bill O'Reilly, Hannity, Martha. It could be Bill Hemmer, anybody. The point is, it would not be tolerated at Fox. It's not only tolerated at MSNBC, an apology is really insufficient in the case of something like that, what Bashir said somebody ought to do to Sarah Palin,” Limbaugh added.