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MSNBC Has 'Indefinitely' Suspended Mark Halperin For His 'Dick' Remark About Obama
Business Insider ^ | 06/30/2011 | Glynnis MacNicol

Posted on 06/30/2011 8:39:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

That was fast.

This morning on Morning Joe Mark Halperin, under the impression Morning Joe was on a 7 second delay, said he thought President Obama was a 'dick' in his press conference yesterday.

He quickly apologized once it became clear the remark had aired, ad did the entire Morning Joe crew.

Apparently that was not enough.

MSNBC has since suspended Halperin. Their statement:

"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."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dickgate; markhalperin; msnbc; obama
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1 posted on 06/30/2011 8:39:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

But Blanche he is a dick!


2 posted on 06/30/2011 8:41:58 AM PDT by brooklyn dave (NO, I WON"T VOTE FOR THE O)
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To: SeekAndFind

They did NOTHING to that witch....who called Bush a monkey ...remember?


3 posted on 06/30/2011 8:42:30 AM PDT by Fawn (No--bama 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think it’s right for them to suspend Halperin. Everybody I know would agree with him.


4 posted on 06/30/2011 8:42:36 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (When the going gets tough, the tough check themselves into "rehab".)
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To: SeekAndFind

If he would have said that about GWB, he would have been given the “Journalist of the Year” Award.


5 posted on 06/30/2011 8:43:02 AM PDT by radioone (How Can an Obscure Guy Who Did Diddly Squat in the Senate Become President?)
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To: SeekAndFind

As usual, the hypocracy stinks to high heaven. Where is the outrage when PMSNBC talking heads slander and ridicule right wingers?

If it weren’t for the fact I NEVER watch PMSNBC, I’d boycott them.


6 posted on 06/30/2011 8:43:02 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: SeekAndFind

Perhaps he got a call from Roger Ailes a few days ago?


7 posted on 06/30/2011 8:43:26 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: SeekAndFind

Did Mark Halperin take one for the team suggesting Obama is a “flake”?


8 posted on 06/30/2011 8:43:52 AM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: radioone

Exactly,

the media sure is professional, fair, objective and unbiased.

Just like every other program they promote for obama.


9 posted on 06/30/2011 8:45:33 AM PDT by himno hero ("Armageddon is well seeded, America will pay"... Barrack Obama's vision)
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To: brooklyn dave
But Blanche he is a dick!

Or, at the very least, a Weiner.

10 posted on 06/30/2011 8:46:00 AM PDT by Noumenon ("One man with courage is a majority." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another big pile of crap. It will just give The One an opportunity to throw his nose and chin in the air and lecture us about ‘lowering the rhetoric’ and gain sympathy from the great unwashed.


11 posted on 06/30/2011 8:46:30 AM PDT by Matt Hatter
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To: Gene Eric

But, but, he told the truth. Guess the truth is not a priority at MSNBC. MSNBC -where truth will get one punished.


12 posted on 06/30/2011 8:46:48 AM PDT by inthaihill (Living in an interesting paradise - Thailand!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m curious — if he called Durbin a Dick what would the reaction be?


13 posted on 06/30/2011 8:46:54 AM PDT by ne1410s (Psalm 109:8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess we finally have proof that MSNBC does not like the truth spoke on air! LOL


14 posted on 06/30/2011 8:47:00 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh my God. You mean it went out on live national tv and 3 people heard it?


15 posted on 06/30/2011 8:48:17 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: ne1410s

Or Weiner

Or Frank


16 posted on 06/30/2011 8:49:20 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (EX Congressman Anthony Weiner: "Celebrate 'Perversity'")
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To: SeekAndFind
"We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air."

Now there's an interesting statement, "high level of discourse," if I ever heard one.

Is it April Fool's Day in June???

17 posted on 06/30/2011 8:49:22 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: SeekAndFind
We strive for a high level of discourse

Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews set MSNBC's standard for a "high level of discourse".

18 posted on 06/30/2011 8:50:40 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (Two blogs for the price of none!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does this mean that Halperin no longer thinks Obama is god?


19 posted on 06/30/2011 8:51:18 AM PDT by stop_fascism (Compared to Moctezuma II, Obama isn't that bad.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Unfortunately, because of the flap over the use of the word, we didn’t get to hear why Halperin thought he is one.


20 posted on 06/30/2011 8:54:52 AM PDT by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: Cyman
You mean it went out on live national tv and 3 people heard it?

Precisely, it was a high viewer day. Otherwise, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there...

21 posted on 06/30/2011 8:55:34 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like they’re trying to blame the tech guy instead of potty-mouth Halperin.

Astonishing quote from Politico’s story about the incident:

“According to Scarborough, there had been a mishap with the seven-second delay button – a new executive producer apparently didn’t know how it worked. ‘You are supposed to know how to do the job,’ Scarborough said of his producer. ‘I would tell you what I think of him, but he doesn’t know what button to push.’ “

http://www.politico.com/news/stories061158098.html#ixzz1Qm3mkzm4

Sad state of our society when you gotta have a clean-up guy at the ready to catch all the dirty language.


22 posted on 06/30/2011 8:55:34 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: SeekAndFind
"How dare you call the Pres a d!ck Halperin! We strive for a high level of discourse on PMSLSD."


23 posted on 06/30/2011 8:56:24 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Province of New York vs. John Peter Zenger 1735.
“The truth of an accusation is a defense.”


24 posted on 06/30/2011 8:56:24 AM PDT by xkaydet65 (IACTA ALEA EST!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is an own goal.

MSNBC could have just let it slip by with some kind of statement against what was said.

But by making a big deal with suspending Halperin, Obama is left with “Dick” written all over him.


25 posted on 06/30/2011 8:56:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: SeekAndFind

The man had a brain fart and the truth popped out.

So what?


26 posted on 06/30/2011 8:58:18 AM PDT by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

I love how they made a big deal about how it wasn’t supposed to get on the air.

I guess even at MSNBC it’s ok to call the Pres. a dick just as long as your mic is not hot.

hee hee hee


27 posted on 06/30/2011 8:59:59 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: stop_fascism

>> Does this mean that Halperin no longer thinks Obama is god?

*THAT*, my FRiend, is the real story here. Halperin is one of the koolaid-drunk commie faithful — and he thinks Bambi is a weiner, and said so on national teevee! (Albeit unwittingly.)

Talk about an unscripted media event sending chills down The Won’s spineless spine...


28 posted on 06/30/2011 9:00:22 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: SeekAndFind

And yet, Bill Maher still has a gig.


29 posted on 06/30/2011 9:02:35 AM PDT by hattend (Let's all meet Sarah at her last bus stop -- 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Jan 2013)
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To: SeekAndFind

Actually, the guy just said Obama was a dick during that one press conference. Palin and Bachmann and other Republicans have been called as bad or worse on MSNBC, and it wasn’t qualified to one particular instance.


30 posted on 06/30/2011 9:03:43 AM PDT by Will88
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To: SeekAndFind

31 posted on 06/30/2011 9:03:47 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: SeekAndFind

MARK HALPERIN: Do we have the seven-second delay today? I want to characterize how I thought the President behaved.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: We have it. We can use it—right [Executive Producer] Alex?

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, sure, come on, take a chance. Have faith.

BRZEZINSKI: Let’s see what happens.

SCARBOROUGH: I’m behind you. You fall down, I’m gonna catch you.

BRZEZINSKI: And the precedent has been set on the show, so you’re good [a reference to Joe dropping an f-bomb back in 2008, leading to the installation of the seven-second delay].

HALPERIN: I thought he was kind of a d—k yesterday.

SCARBOROUGH: Oh my God. Delay that! Delay that! What are you doing? I can’t believe you—I was joking! Don’t do that! Did we delay that?

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And Halperin is the one who gets in trouble??
He checked with both hosts. Checked with executive producer. Everyone was supportive, told him to go for it. They’d catch him.

Now? Not so much.


32 posted on 06/30/2011 9:04:14 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: SeekAndFind

If he had said “arrogant,” that would have made the same point and he wouldn’t have been suspended.

I’m for pundits sticking to the high road in their comments, no matter who they are talking about.


33 posted on 06/30/2011 9:06:24 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Cyman
LOL, that was an Ann Coulterish remark if I have ever heard one!

"Oh my God. You mean it went out on live national tv MSNBC and 3 people heard it?"

LOL...there, fixed it!

34 posted on 06/30/2011 9:07:00 AM PDT by rlmorel ("Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions." Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: ClearCase_guy

You mean they let it get out on the air after warning the director it was coming?

They are really, really stupid at MSNBC.


35 posted on 06/30/2011 9:07:37 AM PDT by hattend (Let's all meet Sarah at her last bus stop -- 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Jan 2013)
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To: Jedidah

Sounds like to me they say one thing behind the scenes and something else in front of. I say they holding Obamas water. Just like we said they were. Evidence? OBvious? and Telling!!!!


36 posted on 06/30/2011 9:09:12 AM PDT by GoCards (RUN SARAH RUN)
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course if the comment would have been about a conservative, the comment would have been “We apologize to anyone that might have been offended.” In other words, in that case, they were glad they said it.


37 posted on 06/30/2011 9:09:50 AM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: JoeProBono

38 posted on 06/30/2011 9:10:08 AM PDT by rlmorel ("Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions." Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: SeekAndFind

“We strive for a high level of discourse ...”

Oh really, when? where?


39 posted on 06/30/2011 9:11:12 AM PDT by rod1
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To: SeekAndFind

Press Release(PR) Mark has his press credentials pulled because his PR called the fraud an “...ick” The 0 doesn’t have one —he is one.


40 posted on 06/30/2011 9:11:51 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: brooklyn dave

"Yes it's true....This man has no dick."

41 posted on 06/30/2011 9:12:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
WHY CARE?!
....in the world of electronic media
Nobody w/ a wit of intelligence can watch that "show"

42 posted on 06/30/2011 9:16:54 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam / BigEars) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now, people, they can’t let the whole country know that even liberal journalists are beginning to turn on the emporer. Especially at MSDNC. I’ll bet Jarrett was on the phone two seconds after the words came out of his mouth.


43 posted on 06/30/2011 9:18:47 AM PDT by Wiser now (Liberalism is immaturity, cloaked with the pretense of moral and intellectual superiority.)
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To: radioone

Unfortunately, I agree.


44 posted on 06/30/2011 9:21:37 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: SeekAndFind

Huh, what’s wrong with him speaking the truth?


45 posted on 06/30/2011 9:31:20 AM PDT by bgill
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To: rlmorel

I like your version better.


46 posted on 06/30/2011 9:31:43 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: SeekAndFind

The truth hurts and... the Halperin remark will stick. It should have been: POTUS Obama is an UnAmerican, Dirt Bag, Destroyer of the American economy and America itself. Period!!! Now...as for MSNBC, they did the country a favor by suspending Halperin. Why? First Halperin knows now how quickly the liberal low life will jump on one of their own, just as PBS did to Fox News commentator, Juan Williams. Second, the Halperin suspension will be aired on every newscast in the country today and this evening, showcasing to the whole country what a crass, unprofessional,hate America, POTUS Obama really is. And... third, the liberal, biased media sinks even lower as they continue to cover up and spin for the American destroying Obama. Gotta say, the executives at MSNBC are certainly not the sharpest knives in the drawer!!!


47 posted on 06/30/2011 9:33:38 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: SeekAndFind

This from a company that allowed one of their shows to air a segment called “worst person in the world” for months.

As saying someone was a “dick” is worse than saying they are the worst person in the world.


48 posted on 06/30/2011 9:38:28 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: hattend
I can visualize this scene...the technical guy who is supposed to be monitoring the feed like a hawk, and has the responsibility of jumping in and mashing the button when he hears the broadcaster say something like:

HALPERIN: "Boy, that was a long segment. You know what? After reading that last page, I'd like to put my foot up Sarah Palin's a**!" (LONG PAUSE) Harry! You got that, right?"

(CAMERA PANS TO HARRY THE SEVEN SECOND DELAY UNION GUY...HIS INDEX FINGER IS FIRMLY PLANTED IN HIS RIGHT NOSTRIL UP TO HIS FIRST KNUCKLE AS HE STARES BLANKLY AT THE OPPOSITE WALL)

HARRY THE SEVEN SECOND DELAY UNION GUY: (TURNS HEAD ABRUPTLY) "Huh?"

HALPERIN: "You got that...right? Right? We weren't on the air, right? Were we? WERE WE? OH MY GOD! ARRRRRGGGHHHHHHHHH!"

49 posted on 06/30/2011 9:39:20 AM PDT by rlmorel ("Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions." Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: SeekAndFind

“...Comments like these have no place on our air.....when directed at a DEMCORAT.”


50 posted on 06/30/2011 9:40:15 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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