Halperin: Obama was a … Update: MSNBC suspends Halperin “indefinitely”

posted at 8:45 am on June 30, 2011 by 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:

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.

Halperin later apologized for his language, but the fuss seems a little overblown. “Dick” isn’t a word that needs to be censored; for one thing, it’s a proper name used by a number of politicians, including Dick Durbin, who’s second in Democratic leadership in the Senate. It’s also a playground word for “jerk” or “penis,” but hardly an obscenity. Either way, the producer shouldn’t be blamed for missing the delay button.

Halperin should be apologizing for a lack of imagination. 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. And the best Halperin can do is “dick”?

Maybe Halperin is just channeling his inner Spicoli:

Update:  MSNBC decides to get a little dickish with Halperin:

“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.”

An indefinite suspension for saying “dick” on the air?  Oh, please.  Halperin won’t have to go dig ditches — he works for Time, not MSNBC — but this is still far, far overblown.  It was a dumb remark, but if MSNBC suspended everyone who made dumb remarks on their channel, they wouldn’t have any hosts left. At most, this warranted a couple of days off the air, especially with Halperin’s real-time apology.

Did MSNBC get mad because of the word, or because it was aimed at Obama?

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Yet calling Bachmann a “balloon head” repeatedly is somehow acceptable and less insulting?

Scrappy on June 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM

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canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Just like in the USSR. Say something negative against the regime and you get “indefinitely” sent to a re-education camp.

angryed on June 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Heckfire, in Canada the extralegal Human Rights Tribunal starchamber would haul you in for something like this.

slickwillie2001 on June 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

slickwillie:Yup,Mark Steyn could tell horror stories!

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 12:59 PM

canopfor you a priceless source finder. Thank you

IowaWoman on June 30, 2011 at 12:51 PM

IowaWomen:Its all in the googely searcharoo!:)

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM
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Instead of getting glittered the Won gets condoms! Should we send him envelopes of condoms instead of tea bags? Blow up condoms at rallies instead of balloons?/

IowaWoman on June 30, 2011 at 12:44 PM

IowaWomen:Lol!:)

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 1:02 PM

MSMBC finally speaks the truth and they throw the guy out?

Don L on June 30, 2011 at 1:03 PM

C’mon! It’s not like he called Obama a mashed up bag of meat.

thedudesblog on June 30, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I’m sure Obama demanded the suspension. He’s a d*ck.

ctmom on June 30, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Boy it’s a good thing Halperin said this on Morning Joe and not on The Ed Show. If he had, Schultz would have most likely jumped on Halperin and ripped out his throat with his teeth.

pilamaye on June 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM

The pot calling the kettle black. Warning, its a Media Matters link.

Lance Murdock on June 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM

You can put lipstick on that d1ck, but he’s still a d1ck.

lorien1973 on June 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Perhaps a job with FOX awaits his future.

Egfrow on June 30, 2011 at 1:13 PM

So Halperin thinks Obama is a Congressman from New York?

So Halperin thinks he’s a DOTUS? Wow, I’ve been thinking “DESTROYER of the United States” not “D*** of the United States”.

Wowzer

PappyD61 on June 30, 2011 at 1:15 PM

lorien1973 on June 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM

heh

cmsinaz on June 30, 2011 at 1:15 PM

OK, let’s cut to the chase!

How long will it take before someone prominent in the MSM mentions the “possibility” that the word d1ck may be……….wait for it………..wait for it…..RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST?!!!!!

pilamaye on June 30, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Are people such children they cant handle a little common language? We all know he’s a dick why so serious?

Dash on June 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM

OK, retrying to post this since the hotair safeword list prevented it the first time.

Don’t have the time to go through all four pages of comments, but I’m surprised by Ed’s take on this. In my world “dick,” when used in the context we see above, is certainly a swear that should be beeped. It doesn’t fall into the classic George Carlin “seven words” skit, (a$$, ba11s, cock$ucker, c*nt, fu*k, m0therfuc*er, pi$$, $hit, t1ts) but it’s something as a parent that I certainly refuse my kids to say. I also grew up knowing that b1tch and a$$ were swears only for grown-ups to use.

Is Obama a d1ck? Absolutely. But that’s not my point. :) I wonder what word it will take for Chris Matthews to use about Palin or Bachmann to get his sorry ass suspended.

cannonball on June 30, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Obama IS a dick. Dick dick dick.

Blake on June 30, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Bwahaha. First he tells the truth, then he puts on the blue dress and knee pads. “please still love me, Obama.”

Southernblogger on June 30, 2011 at 8:57 AM

+1000

BLUE DRESS MEDIA !!!
How better to describe what all of the Mainstream media does for Obama?

PappyD61 on June 30, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Is it possiblehe is being suspended for failing to use the correct modifier of ‘head’?

Freddy on June 30, 2011 at 1:18 PM

So what is MSNBC’s policy regarding the term ‘teabagger’?

This is a rhetorical question.

catmman on June 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM

If you think d!ck was bad…

d1carter on June 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM

d1carter on June 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM

shameful….

trashing gop pres=good
trashing dem pres=bad

cmsinaz on June 30, 2011 at 1:28 PM

so now I guess we now know that the opinions that typically are expressed on these shows are essentially phony. that these reporters are being less than candid, and don’t tell the interviewers how they really feel. so, essentially, MJ is a fraud.

sbvft contributor on June 30, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Weiner weighs in?

BKeyser on June 30, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Where I come from “d*ck” is used as an obscenity. It is a slang word for penis. So when you use it you are calling someone a penis: and Halperin was correct if he used it as an obscenity. That is exactly how Obama behaved yesterday, and most of the time. Jerk is too broad and too mild a descriptor for Obama. He’s a d*ck, a big d*ck, a boring d*ck, he’s just about every kind of d*ck you can name. He has the practical IQ of a d*ck also. Too bad Halperin will be suspended for telling the truth about Obama. We need more honest reporting like this.

JimP on June 30, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Wonder how long before she shows up on CNN or Fox…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on June 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Comparing the reactions to Halperin calling Obama a d!ck to Wallace asking Bachmann if she was a flake.

Raisedbywolves on June 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM

If he’d have called Reagan or GWB that, he’d have been promoted.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Maybe he was making an Anthony Weiner joke ??

LODGE4 on June 30, 2011 at 1:40 PM

So what is MSNBC’s policy regarding the term ‘teabagger’?

This is a rhetorical question.

catmman on June 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Meh. As Andy Vanderbilt taught us, it’s basically oral sex, and Billy’s presidency pushed that topic off the forbidden list into the mainstream.

slickwillie2001 on June 30, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Did MSNBC get mad because of the word, or because it was aimed at Obama?

LOL

I’ll take “Carrying Water for Obama” for $200, Alex.

MSNBC is going to ban all men named Richard or Dick for the next week because they don’t want anyone making the connection to “Dear Leader”. LOL

Fallon on June 30, 2011 at 1:47 PM

He works for a Progressive rag and was on a Progressive station. It’s cool.

Hening on June 30, 2011 at 1:48 PM

“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.” …

what a dick …..

BD57 on June 30, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Out:POTUSA

In:DOTUSA

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Obama is beyond what Halperin called him.

This was totally honest.

If he’d said it about Reagan or GWB he’d get a promotion.

Mr. Halpering, you leftie Obama-azzcrawler, you did the coutnry a service, you spoke the truth, for once.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Mr. Halperin

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Dicks are indignant.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Di*ks are indignant.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Hahahahaha!!!!!!! The lefties are eating their own.

GarandFan on June 30, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Halperin later apologized for his language, but the fuss seems a little overblown. “Dick” isn’t a word that needs to be censored; for one thing, it’s a proper name used by a number of politicians, including Dick Durbin, who’s second in Democratic leadership in the Senate.

I’ve had experiences where that name wouldn’t make it through the HA filters.

MeatHeadinCA on June 30, 2011 at 2:07 PM

It’s not Halperin’s “crime.” As always, it’s the coverup by his network. They would not sanction him like this if he had used that word against Bush, Cheney, or any other Repub.

Thin-skinned lapdogs for a thin-skinned president.

Christien on June 30, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Isn’t this the Teabagging Network, who once featured a bunch of guys and one clueless leftist chick, on a roundtable discussion about pearl necklaces, which probably hit rock bottom when one of the leftist guys admitted to being on the receiving end of such?

Bend forward. Lean over. Or something.

MNHawk on June 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Fired up and ready to go will never be the same again coming out of the mouth of the first d1ck.

HornetSting on June 30, 2011 at 2:15 PM

“The comment that was made was inappropriate,” Jay Carney told a reporter who, oddly enough, was actually sitting in Time’s seat in the White House briefing room. “It would be inappropriate to say that about any president of either party.”

When did the left denounce what all GWB and Reagan were called? And Dick Cheney?

Plus, real di*ks are indignant, compared to the big one in the WH.

Halperin did the country a favor, he told the truth, for once.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Like Rush said “there were so many straw men in Obama’s presser, yesterday, that they were a fire hazzard”.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 2:19 PM

If Mark Halperin called President Bush a dick, he would have been high fived.

SoulGlo on June 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

…instead of getting glittered the Won gets condoms! Should we send him envelopes of condoms instead of tea bags? Blow up condoms at rallies instead of balloons?/

IowaWoman on June 30, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Do send him magnums since he tends to act like a really Big D*ick.

Yoop on June 30, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I know why they’re mad.

Calling him a d!ck just a little too close to dictator.

catmman on June 30, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Chavez is also a di*k.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Calling him a d!ck just a little too close to dictator.

catmman on June 30, 2011 at 2:28 PM

New nick for Obama, President Tator, the “Dick” is implied…

Fallon on June 30, 2011 at 2:44 PM

I suggest that we avoid gutter language and stick to refined, formal English, as in Shakespeare’s days.

CODPIECE. Has a certain ring to it.

CPOTUS???

fred5678 on June 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Did MSNBC get mad because of the word, or because it was aimed at Obama?

Are you even really asking this? Bush and Palin have been called much worse in prepared remarks on MSNBC. This is total BS.

Esthier on June 30, 2011 at 3:13 PM

What’s so dumb about telling the truth?

ButterflyDragon on June 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

I haven’t read the many comments, but the main post seems a little outdated. 1. It was no accident, he intended to use inflamatory language which is why he wanted to make sure the 7 second delay was on before he spoke…the only “accident” was the lack of the “bleep”.

2. Carney called MSNBC and that is why he is gone.

This is a very simple story. The interesting part is that Halperin is so pissed that his guy is a loser…not presidential material.

r keller on June 30, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Let’s up the ante. When they finally let him back on the air, Halperin should call Obama a dickhead and see what happens.

SukieTawdry on June 30, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Meanwhile, MSNBC gives Chris Matthews a raise and a promotion after claiming Obama’s press conference gave him an orgasm.

xblade on June 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Maybe the new commemorative St Peter candle can have Weiner on one side The President on the other.

Two sides of the same coin why not two sides of the same…

Speakup on June 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

So Carney is the person who called msdnc to complain about halpy..

Msdnc doing the bidding of the WH

cmsinaz on June 30, 2011 at 3:35 PM

It is clear that Halperin is a foul mouth racist. /s

shick on June 30, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I have to suspect that the real crime in MSNBC’s eyes is that Halperin broke faith with the fever swamp’s favorite president and that the core demo rose up proclaiming that the president should never be criticized, even by an acolyte like Halperin.

And make no mistake –Halperin is an Obama acolyte. His book Game Change makes clear that he sat on story after story that would have hurt the Democrats generally and the president’s nomination and election specifically throughout the 2008 campaign until after the voting was done. There is no higher service than helping deep six the bad news, and Mark Halperin came through for Obama and the left when it counted. So eighteen months out from the next election he shows a little false independence from the boss, the better to serve the big guy over the next year-and-a-half, and MSNBC blows it up into a display of “journalistic ethics” –from the most reliably unhinged, hard-left studios in the business. Sheesh.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Can’t believe Halperin reduced to play Jesse Jackson, trying to generate some sympathy points for Obama.

He’s a Dem operative, through and through.

Sir Napsalot on June 30, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Dick, dickhead . . . both work for me.

Alana on June 30, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I think Halperin got it about right.

zoyclem on June 30, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Out of this story are two important takeaways: a TIME editor thinks O is a “dick”? Who knew? Rather earth-shattering information. It was Time that just had that ridiculous cover story about the Constitution, afterall.

And two, MSNBC proves once more how in the tank for Obama (and that’s putting it politely) they are, that they’re made of sugar over a little name-calling. It’s so stupid it’s funny.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 30, 2011 at 5:09 PM

The good news for Halperin is that, since it’s only MSNBC, no one other than family and close friends will notice his absence.

molonlabe28 on June 30, 2011 at 5:26 PM

The good news for Halperin is that, since it’s only MSNBC, no one other than family and close friends Politico and Hot Air monitors will notice his absence.

Better. More accurate.

papertiger on June 30, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I’m gonna call him Likeke O’bama.

Likeke being the Hawaiian word for the name “Dick”, of course.

Del Dolemonte on June 30, 2011 at 6:08 PM

In other media-related news, can anyone tell me who is replacing Glenn Beck?

Lawdawg86 on June 30, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Lick Dick 2012

sandspur on June 30, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Did MSNBC get mad because of the word, or because it was aimed at Obama?

Well DUH! It’s all about their butt buddy Barry!

disa on June 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Did MSNBC get mad because of the word, or because it was aimed at Obama?

Well DUH! It’s all about their butt buddy Barry!

disa on June 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Of course, some people are more equal than others. MS-DNC never blinked an eye when Keef called Bush a “war criminal” on the air. But when David Shuster dared to suggest that Chelsea Clinton was being “pimped out”, he was immediately suspended.

No double standard there. Move On (dot.org)

Del Dolemonte on June 30, 2011 at 6:30 PM

It is clear that Halperin is a foul mouth racist. /s

shick on June 30, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Yes. Where the hell is Jesse Jackson.

hepcat on June 30, 2011 at 6:54 PM

If he called a Republican a d*ck, MSNBC would have given him his own show.

Philly on June 30, 2011 at 6:57 PM

I wonder….do you think the reality of being fired for saying that and having it caught by an open mic, will cause him to pause and ask himself what a “Liberal” utopia would REALLY be like to live in???

KMC1 on June 30, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Richard Edwards
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Dick Ed

esblowfeld on June 30, 2011 at 8:00 PM

The world is truly upside down. Tell the truth and get a suspension.

CW on June 30, 2011 at 8:03 PM

“Dick” isn’t a word that needs to be censored

Show Dick some respect.

rukiddingme on June 30, 2011 at 8:04 PM

KMC1 on June 30, 2011 at 7:04 PM

No. That’s the world he still wants….for the rest of us

clnurnberg on June 30, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Did MSNBC get mad because of the word, or because it was aimed at Obama?

NO, YES. Mustn’t attack his highness.

chemman on June 30, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Did MSNBC get mad because of the word, or because it was aimed at Obama?

Is this a trick question?

JellyToast on June 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Clearly Halperin is racist.

When is the media going to demand of every Democrat they have on air denounce MSNBC & Time magazine?? Has the media sent any reporters to the Congressional Black Caucus to get their statements??

TN Mom on June 30, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Barry was more like a pick.

bayview on June 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Halperin said the truth! Too bad msnbc can let all of their slugs say what they want about Sarah, Bush or whomever and they stay on. It’s just because it was against obama and msnbc have many of their offices in the white house. /
He needs to get off this lame brain cable station and really do some investigative reporting for a change!

Bambi on June 30, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Does anyone think mika and joe etc., will stick up for him? No way! In the tank!

Bambi on June 30, 2011 at 9:27 PM

:lol I can see Fox giving this guy his own show…

dec5 on June 30, 2011 at 9:50 PM

:lol Of course Fox would have him follow proper protocol..

dec5 on June 30, 2011 at 10:03 PM

“We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air.

Okay.

I would love to see MSNBC spokesperson Jeremy Gaines read that statement with a straight face.

I don’t think he could. Unless, of course, Gaines is a pathological liar.

chief on June 30, 2011 at 11:08 PM

I agree with Blake. Dickety, dickety, do!

AReadyRepub on July 1, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Halperin violated MSNBC’s first rule. “Never tell the truth”

MikeA on July 1, 2011 at 7:26 AM

My take.

kingsjester on July 1, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Didn’t Halperin ask for the dump button to be on the ready just before he says it?

The more I think about it the stranger this gets…

Fallon on July 1, 2011 at 9:26 AM

“He’s really just a big pussy,” Mr. Carney explained.

Kenosha Kid on July 1, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Didn’t Halperin ask for the dump button to be on the ready just before he says it?
Fallon on July 1, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Better yet — Joe & Company confirmed and pretty-much egged him on.

.. for failing to use the correct modifier of ‘head LIMP ?
Freddy on June 30, 2011 at 1:18 PM

/.

CaveatEmpty on July 1, 2011 at 9:16 PM

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