"But I just hope that unprovoked attacks like that don't result in people being hesitant to jump in the arena anyway, to get out there and serve the public or start a business or really commit themselves to changing within their family, their community, their world, doing whatever that they can, despite the fact that in this world, you are gonna be hurt and attacks will come your way. I just hope an attack like that doesn't make people hesitate."
Responding to Palin's comparison between the national debt and slavery, Bashir said last month that the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee deserved to be subjected to some extremely harsh disciplinary tactics that were employed by a notorious slave owner.
Palin said Thursday she was pleased to see so many in the media rush to her defense.
"Well, it was refreshing to see, though, that many in the media did come out and say, 'Look, our standards have got to be higher than this,'" she said. "Those with that platform, with a microphone, a camera in their face, they have to have some more responsibility taken."