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article imageMSNBC's Halperin calls President Obama a 'dick'

By Michael Krebs     Jun 30, 2011 in Entertainment
MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin, appearing on the TV show Morning Joe, called President Obama a "dick" and was suspended on Thursday by the network.
Time editor and MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin was suspended by the cable network on Thursday after referring to President Obama as a "dick" on live television, Politico reported.
“I thought he was a dick yesterday,” Halperin said, speaking about the president's press conference on Wednesday.
According to Media Bistro's TV Newser, Mr. Halperin has been suspended from the network "indefinitely."
"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," MSNBC said in a statement.
Halperin immediately apologized on-air for the comment, after the "Morning Joe" crew scrambled to try to delay it from being broadcast nationally.
“Joking aside, this is an absolute apology. I shouldn’t have said it. I apologize to the president and the viewers who heard me say that,” Halperin said.
"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," Halperin said in a statement.
MSNBC has been struggling with its on-air talent, having fired Keith Olbermann and running into issues with Ed Schultz, after he called a Conservative talk host a "right wing slut," Seattle Post Intelligencer reported.
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