Brain Tumor Kept Martin Bashir Out of Work

It was reported in 2008 that MSNBC’s Martin Bashir has a brain tumor. The illness is still there and causing problems.

“I have a brain tumor,” Bashir told FishbowlDC last night when asked why he was absent from his TV program Friday. “It’s fine but it causes a problem from time to time,” he said.

The Daily Mail first reported Bashir’s tumor, quoting “a family friend” who at the time said “there are no signs that the tumour is cancerous, or that it will grow.”

Bashir was attending the Electronic Arts inauguration after-party at the W Hotel Monday night. The event hosted singer John Legend along with music producer Pharrell Williams, actress Malin Akerman, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

We spotted Bashir hanging out alone in the outdoor rooftop area. He told us the inside area had become “congested.” He also said that earlier at the party, he was approached by someone from a “Republican think tank” who questioned him on something “aggressively” and he was wary about speaking to the press.

He’s not the only TV journalist who suffered from health-related setbacks over the weekend. ABC News’ Barbara Walters reportedly fell on Friday while in Washington covering inauguration events. She ended up cutting her temple and being sent to the hospital. ABC’s “The View”s Whoopi Goldberg said today that “doctors stitched her up and she is doing fine, but they want her to take it easy.”

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