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Mark Halperin Suspended by MSNBC After Calling President Obama a 'Dick' on 'Morning Joe' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jun 30th 2011 11:10AM

Mark Halperin calls President Obama a 'dick' live on 'Morning Joe.'Mark Halperin, Time Magazine editor-at-large and MSNBC correspondent, has been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC after saying live on 'Morning Joe' (6AM, weekdays on MSNBC) that President Obama acted like "kind of a dick" in his Tuesday press conference. Immediately taken aback by Halperin's language, Joe Scarborough scrambled to ask his producers if they could put the comment on 7-second-delay, but they were unsuccessful in doing so.

Several minutes later, Halperin issued an on-air apology to the President and to viewers.

MSNBC released a statement after the incident explaining Halperin's suspension.

"Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable.  We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers. 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."

Halperin also released a statement:

"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. 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."

It was an interesting moment that illustrates how swiftly live TV, and media pontificating, can go awry. Halperin is generally a well-respected journalist who's a fixture on the cable news circuit, but his poor choice of words has instantly put him in hot water.

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April 26 2013 at 7:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Boredom is the underlying illness of Morning Joe.

April 26 2013 at 7:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary K Pike

Wow, somebody finally sees Obama for what he is.....and of course the communist media msnbc fires the guy....The left is such a joke. They can dish it out but can't take it. And for all you libtards, Bush WAS called much worse. At least he didn't call him what he really is... That would have sent shock waves up Chris Matthews leg...

November 29 2011 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Halperin had made the comment on FIX News, today he would have his own show.

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July 01 2011 at 1:43 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Ba Ba Bauf

I love the republicans on here saying the guy shouldn't have been suspended for saying such a thing about President Obama. Let's think, for a moment, about what they would think if, 5 years ago, some reporter called President Bush a "dick" on national television.....the repubs would be screaming that the reporter should be fired!

Doesn't matter if you like the guy or not, the Office if the President of the United States deserves respect! It's one thing to criticize the President, as is all of our right to do. It is another thing to speak of the President using vulgarities. That's just completely unacceptable. Forget about the individual who holds the title, if you can't show any respect for the Office of President of the united States, you're not much of a human being.

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July 01 2011 at 12:04 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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July 01 2011 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WOW: Finally some on MSNBC got it right, only took 2 years...Now he is out of a job, for the truth... Out of a Job, oops! like every one else who voted for the Dick, oops, I mean Clown....

June 30 2011 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why would he be suspended for telling the truth ..... Obama IS a dick

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