In ancient Greece, those putting together the dramatic works of art frequently built the themes around the notion of a "tragic flaw." It was a field of force which pulled the elite toward total destruction.
We might have to resurrect that concept today to try to understand how MSNBC host Martin Bashir would ever utter on air what he had about Sarah Palin. The guy is no newbie to the medium of TV. He knows how the game works, that is, what can slip by and what will be punished.
And punished he may have been. We just don't know how harshly. POLITICO speculates that he might not just be on vacation but suspended. Here is that article. It's possible, as with Alec Baldwin, that the powers that be will not allow him back, at all.
Bashir had a very good job. He had kept it quite a while. It was a good fit for him. And then one evening, he lets it rip. What other explanation can there be than he got caught in a force field known for centuries as the "tragic flaw?"