Unless this person had a history of screwing up, it's impossible not to see him or her as a hapless victim. It's like the movie scene where a bunch of people in a group make a rude crack, each one worse than the last, and it finally gets around to the one guy who says something that draws a, "Hey! Not cool!" from everybody else.
It's well documented and a huge understatement that Fox News wallows in its own egregiously awful standards -- far worse by a factor of a thousand than any other cable news outfit. The very existence of integrity-free Fox & Friends alone would make Paddy Chayefsky and Edward R. Murrow spin in their graves, say nothing of the existence of the standard-less network on which it airs.
It's precisely this -- the fact that Bashir is leaving MSNBC -- which flawlessly illustrates the difference between MS and Fox News. If a Fox News host had said the same thing about one of the many people on Roger Ailes's enemies list, that person would be patted on the back, not shown the door.
Despite hysterical reports that Martin Bashir actually said on air, “Someone should shit in Sarah Palin's mouth,” he didn't; he implied it. What he did say was rather brilliant.