Halperin suspended indefinitely by MSNBC for calling Obama a "d**k"
7/8/2011, 11:18 a.m.
Time magazine's editor-at-large, Mark Halperin has been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC for his inappropriate comments about President Barack Obama.
During Thursday "Morning Joe" program Halperin said to host Joe Scarborough that he wanted to "characterize" how the president behaved yesterday during a televised speech.
"How did the president behave?" asked Scarborough.
"I think he was kind of a d**k yesterday," Halperin said.
The slip up was caught on live television where Scarborough blamed his producers for not activating the television delay that allows inappropriate comments and statement to be screened out of a broadcast.
MSNBC issued a statement immediately following the broadcast. "Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable," it read. "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. Therefor, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst."
Halperin released a statement of his own following MSNBC's announcement. "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."