Martin Bashir (TV program)

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Martin Bashir
Presented byMartin Bashir
Country of originUnited States
Production location(s)New York City
Running time60 minutes
Original networkMSNBC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseFebruary 28, 2011 (2011-02-28) –
November 22, 2013 (2013-11-22)
External links

Martin Bashir is an American hour-long weekday U.S. and world political commentary program hosted by Martin Bashir. The program aired live at 4:00 p.m. ET on MSNBC. The program premiered on February 28, 2011 moving MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts to 11:00 a.m. ET. It aired from a small customized studio that is actually part of Studio 3A, the primary MSNBC newsroom and studio at 30 Rock.

Show content[edit]

The program was often a mix of both news and opinion content, serving as a lead-in to the network's afternoon and prime time opinion programming. Bashir gave thoughts on the issues of the day along with a panel of guests and other relevant interviews pertaining to a specific issue being covered.[1] Bashir presented the series with a liberal point of view.

Broadcast history[edit]

The program originally aired in the 3 p.m. slot, but moved forward one hour on June 25, 2012, replacing The Dylan Ratigan Show. The Cycle, a new multi-host program, launched in the 3 p.m. hour beginning the same day.

The show was effectively cancelled after its November 22 edition after controversial comments from Bashir made about the former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin the previous week, going on an already-planned Thanksgiving break. On December 4, 2013, Bashir resigned from his position at MSNBC after he made "ill-judged comments"[2] about Sarah Palin.[3][4]


  • Play of the Day - A viral video is shown.
  • Top Lines - Various soundbites featuring things said by politicians and comedians are highlighted.
  • Here's the Story - Only featured during the 2012 Republican Nominee Campaign, a segment featuring discussion on the nominees.
  • Clear the Air - Martin gives his thoughts on a news story of the day.


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  2. ^ Carter, Bill. Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC Over Palin Comments, New York Times, December 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Christopher, Tommy. Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC, Mediaite, December 4, 2013.
  4. ^ Airens, Chris (4 December 2013). "Martin Bashir Out at MSNBC". TVNewser. Retrieved 4 December 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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Preceded by
The Cycle
MSNBC Weekday Lineup
4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Succeeded by
The Ed Show