MSNBC analyst Halperin suspended for Obama comment

Loose lips sink more than ships.

MSNBC hosts duck for cover, but Halperin (right) has already dropped the bomb.

MSNBC hosts duck for cover, but Halperin (right) has already dropped the bomb.

MSNBC indefinitely suspended senior political analyst Mark Halperin just hours after he called President Barack Obama a [bleep] Thursday morning.

Halperin, an editor for Time and a regular on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, apologized on-air immediately after making the remark.

The gaffe occurred after Halperin asked the show’s host, Joe Scarborough, if the show was using a seven-second delay.

Scarborough said yes, and Halperin made his fatal error.

Scarborough appeared shocked by the comment.

It seems the show’s producer was not familiar with delay button functionality.

MSNBC issued the following comment:

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 agreed:

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.

Though the word Halperin used is not on George Carlin’s infamous list, it was close enough to get the boot from national television.

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31 comments Add your comment

Frisky Nachos

June 30th, 2011
11:41 am

Doubt suspension would of happened if he had called W same word.

UGotta B Kiddin

June 30th, 2011
11:41 am


But I got nothing.


June 30th, 2011
11:51 am

Absolutely sick and tired of the “veiled” racism going on in the press.

At no point during the incompetent “W” era did anyone ever resort to the name calling that Obama has been subjected to.

MLK would be disappointed to find that after 50 years, we still haven’t moved forward a day.


June 30th, 2011
12:02 pm

hahahaahaha…lol….now that’s some PROPER ANALYSIS!

Mark Halperin, experienced respected political analyst: “Obama is a …!”

Looks like the country is WAKING UP!


June 30th, 2011
12:33 pm

The Truth Always Hurts. Too bad the mainstream media rarely speaks it to it’s viewing public. Correct Analysis – Spot on!


June 30th, 2011
12:37 pm

Disgusted, step away from the Orwell. Try to use your long-term memory and go back two years to the days “F The President” and “Somewhere in Texas a Village is Missing Its Idiot” bumper stickers.

People are criticizing Obama because he’s an ineffective president with bad ideas, not because he’s black.


June 30th, 2011
12:39 pm

I agree 100% w/ Halperin. Obama is a huge —-! He gets called on not showing leadership on this debt crisis and what is his response? He comes back w/ the ever snappy, “I know you are, but what am I?” response of a 6yr old by retorting that the Republicans are the ones who need to show leadership. Wait a minute. Why is it that the Democrats didn’t want to raise taxes two yrs ago…they didn’t even pass a budget last year, and now all of the sudden everything is the Republicans fault and the only way to solve anything is for the Republicans to show some leadership and decide to raise taxes. I thought he was POTUS and leader of the free world. Does he need to take clues from a bunch of US Representatives? Isn’t he the almighty savior of the USA and the free world? Doesn’t he have all the answers? Where is the hope and change? Can’t he just wave his magic wand and make everyone do his bidding? Of course he can’t and when people don’t fall lock-step in line w/ what he says he turns the a-hole mode up full blast. The guy is arrogant and smug and smarmy and sarcastic and shows very few leadership skills. That is not to say other politicians are not guilty of the same thing, but he most assuredly comes across that way to me.


June 30th, 2011
12:42 pm

@ disgusted – seriously, did you never listen to, read or watch the MSM while GWB was in office? How many times was he caricatured as a big-eared goof w/ less than normal intelligence? The media constantly portrayed him as a hick or a rube. Forget the fact that he had a degree from Yale and an MBA from Harvard. I am no Bush fan, but to contend Obama has been subjected to any more ridicule than Bush is not just ludicrous it suggests you are hiding your head in the sand.


June 30th, 2011
1:08 pm

Actually you’re all wrong. Our 37th president was the most verbally maligned of them all. The media must’ve referred to him as Dick Nixon a million times.


June 30th, 2011
1:13 pm

You can’t put the genie back in the racist bottle…..he meant it, stupid white fool!


June 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

Enter your comments here


June 30th, 2011
1:17 pm

Respected Washington political analyst: “Obama is a D!CK”

Whoa! Spot-on analysis from one of the best, most respected individuals in the business! hahahahah

America is WAKING UP!


June 30th, 2011
1:39 pm

@ SouthernBlack Woman – Interesting, so if I am critical of someone and they are of a different ethnicity than me I am racist. What a myopic view of the world you enjoy. Of course he meant what he said, he was giving his opinion of how he felt the President was acting during the presser. That doesn’t mean he thinks the President acts that way all the time. Funny thing about opinions, everyone has them and they are all different. We are all entitled to them and they don’t have to be the same. That is what makes living in this country so wonderful. If you don’t agree w/ me that is OK. That doesn’t mean you are a stupid black fool, although you are black by your own admission and you are probably stupid if you don’t agree w/ me since in my not so humble opinion I am BRILLIANT…but then again that is just my opinion.


June 30th, 2011
2:52 pm

@Digusted shows disgusting ignorance and myopic blindness. Nothing has changed in 50 years. Probably as ignorant as any assertion anybody can make, except for somebody living on Mars for that time period.

@SouthernBlackWoman thinks it’s racist for a person, a white liberal, to say that black person acted like a “dick” All males have them and no color was mentioned. But this woman asserts that this white liberal is a “stupid white fool.” @SouthernBlackWoman is the racist, by her own words. And a bigot filled with hate as well. Ugly, isn’t it? And so foolish.

I wish these examples were rare. Unfortunately, at the AJC, what else can be expected from readers polluted with the hate of Cynthia Tucker and Cynthia McKinney?


June 30th, 2011
3:01 pm

Please note, because it was liberal MSNBC on which the silly Halperin remark was made, the AJC barely has covered the story. However, if this silly word was mentioned on Fox News, you can bet that this story would be on the front page of the AJC, NY Times, LA Times, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, & NBC for a month. Senatorial investigations would follow. Calls for Fox News to be censored and put out of business would be applauded by liberals, the ACLU, and the NAACP. Are there any bigger hypcrites in history anywhere in any country than what passes for the liberals today?


June 30th, 2011
3:42 pm

I agree with many of the bloggers. This kind of thing has never happened even in the days of FDR and Nixon. I don’t care how you scream about freedom of expression, etc., it is racism and disrespect for the biracial man holding the office of president. No matter what lies Dubya told or how many rights he tried to usurp he was treated respectfully. Obama may not speak up and call these ignorant jerks out but the rest of us should. It’s fine to disagree with him and his policies and wish someone else was president. But he deserves the same respect and civility with which Carter, Bush Sr., and Clinton are treated. Don’t forget, he was elected by a majority not installed after his brother’s state bypassed legal voting procedures and gave him an election and position he did not win.


June 30th, 2011
5:53 pm

obama’s media people will get him fired and banned from the markets—book it.

Ms Lindsey

July 1st, 2011
5:58 pm

White folk will float to where they live at their core, so will black folk. I am comfortable allowing each individual the freedon to speak their truth, however, Mr. Obama holds the highest office in the land, he is a representative of ALL Americans and as a result, it is ALWAYS unacceptable to disrespect the office we have raised him to. I was offended when the attacks focused on any President. It is my opinion that the world viewers use our disrepect of our highest leader against us. The news media is the purveyor of the pulse (not always a real pulse) of the American people’s view and decisions are made based on media slant. Military men and women die as a result of the information the media broadcasts. I simply want us Americans to begin to respect ourselves, stop the monday morning quarter backing and the racist sidebars and provide real analysis of the issues. Close your mouths and open your ears, provide only the facts men and women, just the facts.
Not intended to offend, just my opinion.


July 1st, 2011
8:23 pm

Not good judgement but the truth hurts. Our president is a boob!


July 1st, 2011
8:41 pm

Middleoftheroader – Come on your memory can’t be that bad? W was called all kinds of names and none were nice. He was often compared to Hitler. Even liberals like you can’t be that bad.

Montrell K

July 2nd, 2011
12:38 am

another white racist in the media using vulgar language to talk about Pres. Obama just because he’s African-American. I’m tired of this racism—Obama needs to order him fired for good.


July 2nd, 2011
12:24 pm

You pathetic SUPER RACIST TEAPUBLIKKKANS are sickening !! The American people elected a president THAT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE YOU, and YOUR FLIPPING HEADS HAVE EXPLODED!! ,Obama is the most DISRESPECTED president in HISTORY, but he is also the MOST PRAYED FOR!! , so continue your hate, and stupid posts, this is a FREE country, and you all are fee to be TOTAL IDIOTS !!!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 3rd, 2011
10:46 pm

Totally staged…welcome to D.C. politics as pro-wrestling.


July 3rd, 2011
11:35 pm

Whatever happened to freedom of speech?


July 4th, 2011
11:38 am

Citizens of the United States when within its borders are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Far too many people are totally blinded by how others follow the three basic foundations of our country. How could anyone reasonably claim racism for a statement indicating a lack of intellectual competence other than one seeking to excuse someone placed in a position for which they had previously demonstrated none of the requisites other than being a natural born 35 years of age or older citizen? The answer is screamingly obvious to anyone with a semblance of rationality. Appealing to emotions rather than logic.


July 7th, 2011
10:01 am

But how ’bout them ears? Haven’t seen protruding ears like that since Dumbo. With ears like that, Obama has got to be the biggest dikk in the world.

John Brown

July 10th, 2011
3:34 pm

You’re right Frisky. He wouldn’t have gotten suspended for calling W that. Because it would have been accurate reporting. W is a d—-.


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July 13th, 2011
4:21 pm

Yall are mean to my Obama. He making me a rich man with all them handouts and sich. You white folk keep ona werkin so as I cans sit back and have you pay my mortgage ahd every other bill I has.


July 13th, 2011
4:46 pm

Why apologize for something you meant to say! If he said it, he meant it! Halperin is a blooming idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!