MSNBC Fires Analyst Mark Halperin for Calling Barack Obama A …

Mark Halperin, an NBC political analyst and Time magazine editor-at-large, has gotten himself in a pile of trouble for calling Barack Obama a name live on the radio on Wednesday.

Halperin let slip his real opinion of a recent appearance by Obama calling him “a dick” on live radio, according to HotAir’s Ed Morrissey:

I’ve been in radio for a few years now, and the first rule in broadcasting is this — always assume the microphones are hot and that you’re going live. (The second rule is never assume that the incoherent caller is drunk, but that’s a story for another day.) Mark Halperin apparently forgot that first rule this morning on MSNBC, and decided to give a rather blunt assessment of Barack Obama’s performance in yesterday’s press conference. Halperin’s use of language went out live, thanks to a producer who couldn’t operate the seven-second delay:

Morrissey reported adding Halperin’s “mistake”:

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Mark Halperin, editor-at-large for Time, called President Obama “a dick” on Thursday on a popular MSNBC morning show and then quickly apologized.

“I thought he was a dick yesterday,” Halperin, who also is a senior political analyst for MSNBC, said on Morning Joe, referring to the President’s conduct during his press conference.

Once he realized that his words went out live, Halperin quickly apologized for his goof up, but apparently it was too late.

Morrissey chided Halperin for using such unimaginative language, but agreed that Obama’s address was pretty bad.

“He’s right in that the President acted like a pouting, sullen adolescent during the press conference, whining about having to answer for the constitutionality of sending men and women into combat without asking Congress for authorization. Obama bizarrely blamed the fiscal crisis on a small coterie of corporate-jet owners, a heretofore unknown juggernaut of economic destruction. Instead of acting presidential, Obama gave us a hissy fit for over sixty minutes,” Morrissey said.

But, yeah, it was too late for Halperin. The apology didn’t soothe anyone’s hard feelings. MSNBC decided to get a little “dickish” itself by immediately dumping Halperin.

According to National Journal:

“Mark Halperin’s comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers,” in a statement by MSNBC spokesperson Jeremy Gaines. “We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air. Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.” …

“I completely agree with everything in MSNBC’s statement about my remark. I believe that the step they are taking in response is totally appropriate,” Halperin said in a statement. “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.”

Ouch. Swift and harsh punishment for such a silly reason.

But it is amusing when it is left on left hate, isn’t it?

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