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Martin Bashir resignation from MSNBC was it a ‘straw man’ fallacy?


by Charles Mombo

Martin Bashir resignation from MSNBC was it a 'straw man' fallacy?
Martin Bashir resignation from MSNBC was it a ‘straw man’ fallacy?

MSNBC Television host Martin Bashir resigned from MSNBC on Wednesday after making controversial remarks about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Bashir said Palin is a ‘world class idiot’ and suggested that she needed a ‘Darby’s Dose’. Bashir was suggesting that someone needs to defecate in Palin’s mouth for playing with the words "slave or slavery".


In his resignation letter obtained by ChocolateCity.cc, Bashir said;

"Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation." "I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers," he added.

Despite Bashir’s comments, he should not have been fired. Or, to use the correct euphemism, he should not have resigned. It appears that Bashir is a victim of a “straw man fallacy,” or an Aunt Sally. MNSBC and Palin’s supporters ignored Bashir’s actual point and substituted it with a distortion.

A straw man fallacy is a common type of argument and informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent's position. To “attack a straw man" is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet equivalent proposition, and to refute it, without ever having actually refuted the original position.

In a previous post, I explained why I understood Bashir’s rant against Palin.  Simply put;

We should be unapologetically outspoken when the proverbial “third rail” of “man's inhumanity to man” is tripped upon. Our unwavering stance should always be self-activated, whether it is talking about Hitler’s inhumane treatment of the Jewish people or the barbaric act of slavery against Blacks.

Against this backdrop, I do understand why MSNBC’s host Martin Bashir ranted against former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Sarah, again, tripped upon the “third rail” by invoking the pain of slavery while using dog whistle and racist coded words.

Just in case you haven't heard, lame-brained Sarah recently tripped upon the “third rail” by invoking slavery while speaking at a gathering of her kind.

What is the Derby’s Dose?

"Derby’s dose" was a form of punishment devised by Thomas Thistlewood. A brutal sociopath slave owner, Thistlewood kept a handwritten diary, which eventually ran over 14,000 pages. He documented brutal treatments of his slaves; including, names of slaves he raped and sexually molested.

Thistlewood routinely punished his slaves with fierce floggings and other harsh punishments, some of them very sickening. One of his favorites was "Derby's dose," in which a slave was forced to make a bowel movement into the offending slave's mouth, which was then wired shut for four or five hours.

According to entries in Thistlewood dairy, in 1756, a slave named Darby was caught eating sugar canes. Thistlewood had him flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, shit in Darby's mouth.


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