Sarah Palin says she would have never allowed the corporate culture at MSNBC that allowed former host Martin Bashir to make vile comments about her.
Bashir resigned on Wednesday.
"Did Bashir get what he deserved?" Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly
asked Palin Thursday night.
Palin didn't answer directly, but told O'Reilly she doesn't think Bashir will have trouble finding another job.
"Are you happy he's gone?" O'Reilly asked.
"I never watched him before," Palin answered. "I think what he gained in this was the attention that he was seeking. I'm not worried about him getting another job. He'll get another job, because he got a lot of attention, he got on the radar."
"I don't think it'll be at Fox." O'Reilly said.
Bashir criticized Palin for comparing America's debt to China to slavery. In his criticism, he suggested she be given the same disgusting treatment that an 18th century slave owner induced on his slaves.
"Why don't they just go after you on policy?" O'Reilly asked.
"It's an immature and kind of petty way of trying to destroy someone," Palin said, adding that she also condemns such attacks by people on the right.
In O'Reilly's opening monologue, he suggested that the GOP must drop ideology almost entirely and concentrate on the economy and on "submitting a common sense healthcare plan" if it hopes to take back the Senate in the 2014 midterms.
"It's all about wages, jobs and health. That's it. If the GOP does not consolidate its message, it will not capitalize on President Obama's troubles," he said.
O'Reilly told Palin that she is among those who have been divisive in the party, calling certain members RINOs – Republicans in Name Only.
"This is going to be exploited. You know that," O'Reilly said. "You can't keep sniping at each other."
Palin agreed a unified message is vital, but added, "We are such believers in competition that we will call each other out in order to make another politician or candidate stronger or work harder."
"I like it, but I don't know if you're going to win the Senate back next year doing it," O'Reilly countered.
Asked what the tea party really stands for, Palin explained that the movement simply wants lower taxes, and that she's proud to be associated with it.
"I'm for that," O'Reilly
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