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.
At the time, Colbert said, "I know you think she has nothing to offer the national dialogue and that her speeches are just coded talking points mixed in with words picked up at random from a thesaurus," and that her reality show was "the pinnacle of her potential."
While reading off the teleprompter on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6AM ET on MSNBC), Mika Brzezinski misprounced a word in a way that was all the more funny when one considers the context of the gaffe.
"According to a study published in the journal 'Science,' men who smell a woman's tears experience a dick in both sexual arousal and testosterone," Brzezinski read.
Of course, she meant to say "dip," instead of "dick." Whoops.
The howls of laughter from Joe Scarborough and the rest of the 'Morning Joe' crew following the Fruedian slip suggests they won't be letting her forget about this one for a while.
"Willie, did you follow David Bowie through the Ziggy Stardust period?" Scarborough asked Willie Geist.
"I think I know where you're going with this," Geist responded, motioning toward his own face.
"(Graham) had more makeup on there than Bowie did during Ziggy," Scarborough concluded.
Mika Brzezinski then admonished the two of them for focusing on Graham's appearance, rather than what he had said. So they dropped it. However, Mika wasn't able to prevent 'Morning Joe's' producers from playing the song 'Ziggy Stardust' in Graham's honor.
Paul refused to shake Conway's hand at the end of the debate, because Conway wouldn't apologize for an ad he's been running which accuses Paul of kidnapping a fellow female student during his college years, tying her up, and forcing her to smoke marijuana while worshiping a god named Aqua Buddha.
The charge steams from an article GQ magazine that appears to have based on one anonymous source.
"You are going stand over there and accuse me of a crime from 30 years ago from some anonymous source," Paul said during the debate. "How ridiculous are you? You embarrass this race. . . Run a race like a man. Stand up and be a man instead of just calling me names."
Back on 'Morning Joe,' Mika Brzezinski pointed out Paul's demand that Conway "be a man" sounds an awful lot like Nevada Senatorial candidate Sharon Angle insisting that her opponent Harry Reid "man up" during their recent heated debate.
It seems like the unusual number of crazy races we've been blessed with this political season are starting to bleed into one.
"It was a hate crime," Donny Deutcsh said of the actions of Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, who made the tape. "They should prosecute these kids to the hilt."
Mika Brzezinski tried to understand why Ravi and Wei did with they did:
"It's unbelievable cruel. . . I wonder if these perpetrators had any clue just how cruel they were being . . . I think technology has given this veil of, 'well it's OK, we can do it' . . . and there are not a lot of ramifications."
It's an incredibly sad story that people seem to still be trying to get their minds wrapped around. What do you think -- should Clementi's roomates be charged with a hate crime? Do you think Mika has a point that the ease of technology desensitizes people so much that they have trouble considering the consequences of their online actions?
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were blown away when they learned most of their counterparts on the 'Today' show, like Meredith Vieira and Al Roker, wake up between 2:30 and 3:30 AM.
"I got no alarm and I wake up at 5:30," Scarborough explained.
"Why does Al (Roker) wake up at 3:30?" Scarborough then wondered
"He has to make his kids lunch," Mika reminded him.
"Those are big lunches, I guess, but look at Al, that explains it," Scarborough, joked, even though Roker has lost a great deal of weight over the years.
But that didn't stop Scarborough from using said talk show, 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC), to blast Gingrich's latest anti-Obama screed.
Right after Mika Brzezinski read a quote from Gingrich, in which the former Speaker of the House argued that Obama suffers from "a Kenyan anti-colonial world view," Scarborough howled with disapproving laughter.
"Where does (Gingrich) get his material?" Scarborough screamed incredulously. "What is he doing?"
After a brief panel discussion of what Gingrich could possibly have meant by this statement, Mike Barnicle joked that Gingrich was suggesting Obama "went to Kenyon college."
Of course Obama didn't go to Kenyon College, but the panel agreed that was the most logical explanation for Gingrich's hyper-partisan attack.
"If the pastor has not by tomorrow ... stood down, frankly I would have U.S. Marshals or the FBI arrest him and take him into custody," conservative commentator Pat Buchanan opined.
"I never like to agree with Pat on anything," added the more liberal-minded Deutsch. "But he's right. This is what the Commander-in-Chief does. It's no different than authorizing a billion dollars in stimulus money."
Mika Brzezinski then wondered if President Obama should get former Presidents involved with the Jones negotiations, but Deutsch was having none of that.
"Stop with the diplomacy with lunatics within our own country," was Deutsch's fist-pounding message to Barack Obama. "Show some balls here. Enough. Enough!"
It should be pointed out that Mika and the other panelists did bring up that pesky little thing called the First Amendment, when explaining to Buchanan and Deustch why their plan to arrest Jones might not be realistic.
So, after scolding Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski grabbed the script from his hand and attempted to read the obituary herself.
"Mike Edwards, 62, a former member of Electric Light Orchestra, was killed in a collision..." she read, before suddenly pausing.
And why did Mika stop in her tracks? Well, as we learned a few moments later, the sentence that stumped her ended "... with a hay bale that had rolled down a hill."
After the interlude, she continued her reading -- keeping it together as Joe snickered in the background -- until she got to the details of the hay bale, which made her voice crack in laughter.
So yes, it was insensitive. But, all in all, it was probably a lot better than we could have done.
Before quizzing him on his presidential aspirations, Mika Brzezinski asked the Republican about Monday night's big reconciliation between Danielle Staub and some of her castmates on 'The Real Housewives' reunion special.
"Another symbol of the Christie administration," Christie bragged, playing it straight. "Bringing people together."
On Mondays' show, Mika again tried to dismiss a story involving the celebutante. But when it became clear the panel was going to discuss Paris's weekend cocaine arrest, Mika gave in and advanced her theory on what actually happened:
"Why don't they tell the whole story?" Brzezinski wondered. "Paris Hilton's advisers told her to get arrested so she could get back into the stupid news programs."
Joe Scarborough agreed with Mika's assessment, and then New York Magazine political reporter John Heilemann -- a journalist who seemed perfectly happy discussing Hilton -- cracked a joke about Hilton's well known use of Twitter.
"She tweeted beforehand, put coke in bag, get arrested," Heilemann explained.
Defending President Obama's Martha's Vineyard trip, Mika Brzezinski brought up her childhood experiences of going on vacations when her father was serving in the Carter administration. Even when Presidents go on vacation, there is no real time off, she argued.
Her explanation wasn't good enough for Joe Scarborough, who immediately began mocking Mika, Jimmy Carter and a few of Carter's cabinet members. In defense, Mika gave Joe a few hard smacks to the chest.
"In case viewers can't see this, those are real hits," offered panelist Andrew Ross Sorkin.
After a brief reprieve from his mockery, Joe continued to make fun of the Carter administration. "Maybe it would've been better if they took more time off."
Mika's hand must have been sore after her initial barrage of blows, because when she resumed beating Joe, she did so with a manila folder.
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