Reporter Suspended for Being Honest on Obama
Why was Mark Halperin suspended for saying the president behaved like a dick? After all, Joe Scarborough said don't worry, we've got a 7 second delay.
However, Mr. Halperin's response was not bleeped. Mr. Halperin, a paid contributor and Time magazine editor-at-large who co-authored the best-selling book "Game Change" about the 2008 campaign, subsequently issued an on-air apology. He said he agreed with MSNBC's decision to indefinitely suspend him. "I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the president, to my MSNBC colleagues and to the viewers," Mr. Halperin said in a statement.
The incident underscores the tricky balance of cable news channels like Fox News and MSNBC which rely on big personalities and often see ratings spike amid controversy and a heated political climate. On Thursday MSNBC apologized to the White House and the president. "We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air," the network said in a statement.
Halperin said it, so he's got to take the fall, even if it wasn't his fault that the dopes in the control room didn't know enough to make sure the delay was working and that they knew how to use it.