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Martin Bashir Defends Andrea Mitchell, Attacks Bill O'Reilly (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/27/2012 8:45 am Updated: 04/27/2012 9:45 am

Martin Bashir

MSNBC host Martin Bashir took a moment on his Thursday show to defend his colleague Andrea Mitchell.

Mitchell was the subject of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's criticism on Wednesday for what he called her biased reporting. During a broadcast on MSNBC, Mitchell joked that she had the "advantage or disadvantage" of watching GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich because "it's [her] job and someone has to do it."

Bashir responded to the criticism and issued a strong defense in favor of Mitchell. He called her "a friend" and "one of the finest journalists in the country." He said that Mitchell has spent her career defying the odds and shattering glass ceilings. He added that he was "completely taken aback" that O'Reilly would attack what Bashir called Mitchell's "brief, lighthearted aside" as an example of "the declining journalists standards in America."

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  • 6-9 AM: Morning Joe

  • 9-10 AM: The Daily Rundown

  • 10 AM-11 AM: Jansing And Co.

  • 11 AM-12 AM: Thomas Roberts

  • 12 PM-1 PM: Alex Wagner

  • 1-2 PM: Andrea Mitchell

  • 2-3 PM: NewsNation

  • 3-4 PM: The Cycle

  • 4-5 PM: Martin Bashir

  • 5-6 PM: Hardball with Chris Matthews

  • 6-7 PM: PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton

  • 7-8 PM: Hardball

  • 8-9 PM: The Ed Show

  • 9-10 PM: Rachel Maddow

  • 10-11 PM: The Last Word

  • Weekends with Alex Witt

    7-8 AM (Sat.)/12-2 PM (Sun.): Weekends With Alex Witt

  • Up with Chris Hayes

    8-10 AM (Sat./Sun.): Up with Chris Hayes

  • Melissa Harris-Perry

    10 AM -12 PM (Sat./Sun.): Melissa Harris-Perry

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Filed by Rebecca Shapiro  |