MSNBC suspended the Time Magazine writer and political analyst indefinitely over a remark he made about President Obama Thursday morning.
My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it.”
This morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Mark Halperin, senior political analyst at Time and MSNBC tried to characterize the president’s demeanor at a press briefing the previous day by using a very vulgar and very inappropriate word.
Here is part of the transcript from “Morning Joe” on Thursday morning:
“Are we on the seven-second delay?” Halperin asked.
“We have it. We can use it. Go for it. Let’s see what happens,” co-anchor Joe Scarborough replied.
“I thought he was a dick yesterday,” Halperin replied, initiating a moment of panic for the Morning Joe staff.
“I completely agree with everything in MSNBC’s statement about my remark,” he said. “I believe that the step they are taking in response is totally appropriate. Again, I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the President, to my MSNBC colleagues, and to the viewers. My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it.”
MSNBC has been issuing a number of suspensions this past year and even “Morning Joe’s” Scarborough himself isn’t above the violation having been suspended last November for violating the network’s campaign contribution policy, as was firecracker, Keith Olbermann, who left MSNBC months later. Ed Schultz was suspended in May for calling guest, Laura Ingraham a “slut.” And former MSNBC host David Schuster got a suspension in 2008 for complaining that Hillary Clinton had “pimped out” her daughter, Chelsea, on the presidential campaign trail.
Mark Halperin’s comments come at a time where the president has been taking heat for a variety of political questions while gearing up for a possible 2nd presidential term campaign, and with many political analysts aligning themselves and their journalistic ambitions, expect more comments and more suspensions to come.