MSNBC's Bashir Hit for Obama-vs.-bin-Laden Death Question

Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:41 PM

By Martin Gould

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MSNBC’s Martin Bashir is under attack after taking political questioning to a new low by asking Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo whether he would have preferred President Barack Obama dead instead of Osama bin Laden. The Colorado congressman was shocked at Bashir’s line of questioning, which has caused outrage among conservative bloggers.

The Examiner says Bashir “takes seriously disturbing liberties, crossing the line as a reporter,” while HotAirPundit observes: “Bashir should be forced to apologize to Tancredo and to the viewers for this absolute nonsense. FireAndreaMItchell calls Bashir “disgusting,” adding: “Here is yet another fine example of MSNBC on air ‘talent.’”

Englishman Bashir, who first found fame in the United States with his groundbreaking 1995 interview with Princess Diana and a 2003 documentary exposing singer Michael Jackson’s private life, mentioned a statement Tancredo made last year.

Tancredo had said: “"Mr. Obama is a more serious threat to American than al-Qaida . . . Osama bin Laden and followers want to kill us, but at least they are an outside force against whom we can offer our best defense. But when a dedicated enemy of the Constitution is working from the inside, we face a more dangerous threat."

The question came near the end of a contentious discussion between Bashir and Tancredo in which the congressman had suggested that liberals would have condemned President George W. Bush if he had ordered the operation that killed bin Laden.

Then Bashir turned to Tancredo’s old quote. “To follow your logic, would you have preferred the death of the president as opposed to bin Laden?” he said.

Tancredo immediately fired back. “No, of course not. My God. That is not a logical . . . ” Tancredo replied before Bashir cut him off. “Only you would say a thing like that. I never once said . . . any violence should happen.”

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