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Martin Bashir Bashes Rick Santorum Over Charity Giving, Fails to Consider Expensive Cost of Bella's Medical Bills

Bashing conservatives is nothing new for MSNBC or for Martin Bashir. However, on the April 13 edition of Martin Bashir, liberal British journalist Martin Bashir went on a rant about how Rick Santorum is a hypocrite for giving a small portion of his earnings to charity. Except there is one key fact that Bashir is missing. Rick Santorum is spending a lot of money on medical care for his sick daughter Bella.  [Video below the jump]

It’d be one thing if Martin Bashir did not know that Rick Santorum had a sick daughter. Yet, Santorum has taken time off from the campaign trail to care for her, even citing her as one of the reasons for suspending his campaign. In fact, he even mentioned her care as a reason for not paying as much to charities as he would have liked. In an article published in the Christian Post, dated March 4, 2012, Santorum explained,

I was in a situation where we have seven children and one disabled child who we take care of. She's very, very expensive. We love her and we cherish the opportunity to take care of her, but it's an additional expense. We need round-the-clock care for her and our insurance company doesn't cover it so I have to cover it.

Bashir’s rant against Santorum was followed by praise of President Obama for giving 22 percent of his income to charity.

Perhaps Bashir thinks the NARAL-endorsed president is 11 times as godly as the pro-life former Pennsylvania senator.


The full transcript is below.

MSNBC
Martin Bashir

April 13, 2012
3:59 p.m. EDT

MARTIN BASHIR: This week marked the end of Rick Santorum's attempt to win the Republican nomination. He spent months talking about his personal faith and haranguing the country for failing to do the same. But in his last tax returns, we discovered that he gave less than two percent to charity. Yes, less than two percent. It's hardly surprising that people will become cynical when politicians talk religion, especially when their actions don't appear to live up to their words. And particularly when one self-proclaimed Christian tends to give a minimum of ten percent of their income. I’ve no doubt that this election campaign will involve more ludicrous attacks on the President and his personal faith. But if you're not prepared to listen to his words, then why not take a look at his actions? The president, under no obligation whatsoever, gave twenty two percent of his income to charity. That is faith in action. Thank you very much for watching

Comments

#1 Santorum gave 35% more of his income to charity than Plugs did.

This rancid little maggot Bashir may actually be worse than Olbermann. Yeah, I know. 

#2 he is worse

than Olbermann

I have come to strongly despise Martin Bashir
He represents the worse of the far left (as though there is a "best" with these vermin)

He is so intellectually and ethically challenged...why is he even on the air???

Because he represents the viewpoint of the far left,,,which explains why they love him

A Recession is when your neighbor is out of a job. A Depression is when YOU are out of a job.. A recovery is when OBAMA is out of a job Hat tip to Ronald Reagan

#3 Bashir's a two-fer, maybe even a three-fer

He's "diverse" and non-American. And his London accent gives a bit of class or sophistication to his manner of delivery. He's a "Paki"* version of Piers "The Ploughman" Morgan.

*Prince Harry's colloquialism of choice

#4 Obama wasn't giving 22%

Before he was president and people were looking at his tax records.

And let's not forget the media bashing Romney because although he gives a lot to charity, the dont like the charities.

Proud member of the 53%!

#5 What did Marty the Basher

What did Marty the Basher have to say about the Bidens' measly 1.5%?

He and his wife both have high-paying jobs and ZERO  dependent kids, ill OR healthy, to support!

Oh, but the Bidens don't "talk" religion, so I guess they're excused. 

#6 I wonder if the ever saw Owl

I wonder if the ever saw Owl Gore's giving, Clinton's?

A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

#7 Well to be fair.

Depends aren't cheap.

hbnolikeee

#8 Taxes

No, they're excused because they're democrats. This JERK is one of the WORST BIGOTS that it has been my displeasure to hear.

#9 I'm in favor of marty forming a non-profit to pay Ricks

medical expenses and start the funding with a half mil out of his own pocket.

MR. Santorum would then have more money available for charitable giving.

And marty would be able to tell people that he put his money where it would be of value to Society in general, and the Santorum Family in particular.

But, then again, he is a liberal nutcase that only spends other peoples money on "Charitable" giving.

End 'gun violence in America' - Require training and MANDATORY "Shall Carry" by every Citizen.

If harry reid is the best person to lead the senate, what does that say about the other 99 senators?

#10 generous hearted

joe biden gave $5400 to charity in 2011. report that martin......dare ya

ron

#11 Follow the money

Obviously you overlooked all of the other folks money that biden has had a part in "giving" away.

"Fighters are fun but bombers make policy"

#12 What charity?

Friends of Arab Spring?

hbnolikeee

#13 TNT for Terrorists?

.

Proud member of the 53%!

#14 The term "insane" is, I

The term "insane" is, I believe, perfect for lib jackasses like Bashir. What's it to him what Santorum gives to his church or charity or whatever. Usually good churchgoing conservatives are going to give more than the average. The inference is, however, that Rick is not a genuine good guy. Despicable!

#15 Hey asswipe

Let's see your tax returns.

A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

#16 Marty probably thinks

paying taxes is the same as giving to charity.

President Obama is a Muslim (from his own lips), Kenyan (read it from his publicist) a homosexual (read it on a news magazine cover) and a Socialist (I'm alive and can see it for myself)

#17 Sorry

my words on Bashier would no doubt get me 86ed from Newsbusters.

#18 Mega dittos, grammajane

And then some. :-)

-Dave

Vote for the American in November

#19 How

does this repulsive radical get access to Ricks tax forms?

#20 How much did...

...the Revulsion Al Sharpton pay, if he did pay at all?

#21 Most MSM talking heads...

...and all of MSNBC's complement are vile, but Bashir is in a category of his own. I'm not sure English or any other language has an adjective adequate to describe this loathsome wretch. If I think of one, I'll use it in a future post; MSNBC won't dump him and he'll be back. Synonym contributions to my effort are welcome; especially those incorporating pustules, fungi, or in deference to the current Administration, algae.

#22 Santorum gave more than Biden!

Biden is notorious for giving little or nothing to charities and gave one and a half percent during the past tax year. I am no fan of Santorum but the media bias here at constantly targeting conservatives and giving liberals a pass is noteworthy.

Chris H. Beyer Right of Way Pundit

#23 Wonder what Martin

Batsh!t crazy gave?

Seek Truth, Defend Liberty

#24 Biden knockin' down charitable gifts.......

Good ol big hearted Joe never disappoints. Bashir, ya miss this?

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/bidens-donate-15-percent-income-char...

#25 Bashir's time-honored strategy

If you want to beat a dog, any stick will do.

#26 With all due respect to Ken Shepherd, if Bashir is a Christian..

...then I am the Pope.

-Dave

Vote for the American in November

#27 Every day and in every way...

Martin Bashir works hard at being a complete dick.

Pardon my language, but there's just no other word that so perfectly describes him. It's as if the word and its meaning came into existence for the express purpose of being applied to Martin Bashir.

#28 That's how much he deducted

"But in his last tax returns, we discovered that he gave less than two percent to charity."

No, idiot, that's how much he claimed as deductible charity donations. There are other types of donations that you can't deduct. Get real, will ya?

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. The US Constitution

Unless you're a fetus. The US Supreme Court

Or Anwar al-Awlaki.

#29 Another consequence of big donations

In addition to the lamestream media pointing out the big charitable contributions made in 2011 by President O'Bonehead, they also are touting that the O'Boneheads paid a smaller percentage of their income in taxes than their WH secretary. Those two facts are not necessarily unrelated, but the lefties in the media won't tell you that. If you are in the highest tax bracket (currently 35%) and you give money to charitable organizations, your taxes come down at a rate of $35 for every $100 contributed. If you make approx $790,000 and you give $172,000 to charity, you will still be in the 35 percent tax bracket, but your taxes would be substantially less than someone who gave nothing to charity. A big decrease in tax from charitable contributions means a corresponding decrease in taxes paid expressed as a percentage of adjusted gross income.

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