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Unhinged Martin Bashir Excoriates 'Vacuous' Sarah Palin During Steve Jobs Eulogy

Liberal MSNBC host Martin Bashir on Thursday used Sarah Palin's announcement that she won't be a candidate for President as another excuse to trash the "vacuous," "crass" and "vindictive" Republican. The anchor even sought to contrast the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs to Palin, who he asserted has "created nothing."

After praising the businessman, Bashir mocked, "The other represents the very worst form of American opportunism: Vacuous, crass, and according to almost every biographer, vindictive too."

He continued, asserting that while Jobs "transformed the culture," Palin has "created nothing, produced nothing and served no one but herself."

Bashir condescended to the ex-governor's fans: "They were misled into buying ghost-written and vainglorious books that attempted to create the illusion of leadership and character. They bought tickets to see a documentary that ignored fact and was a celluloid whitewash of her life."

Bashir used to be more of a straight journalist when he anchored ABC's Nightline. On MSNBC, however, he's quickly adapted to the network's liberal outlook. On May 2, 2011, he derided the "vicious" and "paranoid" Palin.

A transcript of the October 6 segment, which aired at 3:58pm EDT, follows:

MARTIN BASHIR: It's time now to clear the air. And today, we've marked two important stories: The tragic and sad passing of a true creative genius at the age of just 56 and, hopefully, the end of a charade that's been going on for three years. One individual represents the very best of American exceptionalism: Brilliant, determined, creative. The other represents the very worst form of American opportunism: Vacuous, crass, and according to almost every biographer, vindictive too. He played himself to the very end, casually dressed and solely focused on producing product after product that would literally transform culture, information, and our social interactions.

Over the last three years, she created nothing, produced nothing and served no one but herself. And while the vast majority of consumers have expressed high levels of satisfaction with the products he produced, imagine how her most ardent followers must feel today. They were misled into buying ghost-written and vainglorious books that attempted to create the illusion of leadership and character. They bought tickets to see a documentary that ignored fact and was a celluloid whitewash of her life.

Even on the day she confirmed that all of us knew, that she wouldn't be running for president, she still dropped a video asking for more donations. Amazing. But although the death of Steve Jobs coincided with Sarah Palin's announcement, it has been a helpful accident of fate, because it allows us to realize and commemorate the greatness of one individual's contribution and the other futility of the other. May he rest in peace.

— Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.