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Time Magazine's Mark Halperin calls Obama a... well... male organ (UPDATED)


Mark Halperin, editor-at-large for Time, called President Obama "a dick" on Thursday on a popular MSNBC morning show and then quickly apologized.

"I thought he was a dick yesterday," Halperin, who also is a senior political analyst for MSNBC, said on Morning Joe, referring to the President's conduct during his press conference.

Host Joe Scarborough hoped to prevent the comment from being broadcast, saying, "Delay that. Delay that. What are you doing? I can't believe... don't do that. Did we delay that?"

Just minutes later, Halperin quickly apologized to the president and viewers for his choice of words. "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.

"We're going to have a meeting after the show," Scarborough said.

Take that little slip and add in the following linked stories stripped from Drudge and I think it spells trouble for Team Obama but hope and change for Team USA:


Campaign signals fundraising fail...

Is America waking up to the disaster that is Barack Hussein Obama?

Keeping my fingers crossed.

UPDATE: Halperin has been suspended:

Mark Halperin has already apologized at least 4 times for calling President Obama a dick this morning, but that's not enough for MSNBC, who has suspended the TIME editor as an analyst.

The 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.

Here's the clip of the offense:


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Comments (38)

this is gonna turn into an ... (Below threshold)

this is gonna turn into an "I'm Spartacus!" moment, as every Democrat in Congress jumps up and says:

Justrand, you brightened my... (Below threshold)

Justrand, you brightened my day.

Yes, the press is waking up... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Yes, the press is waking up to the fact that the President is an arrogant ass. But as Scarborough demonstrated they are still going to do everything within their power to conceal that knowledge from the public.

Sorry guys. We figured it out long before you did.

Thing is, Halperin is right... (Below threshold)

Thing is, Halperin is right.
I happened to be home and caught the "news" conference. I could not believe what I was seeing. The man is absolutely clueless.

Seems all he does is blame. He blamed congress, as if he had nothing to do with out of control spending. He blamed their schedule.

Then he had this weird defense he offered: "They're in one week, they're out one week. And then they're saying, Obama has got to step in. You need to be here. I’ve been here. I’ve been doing Afghanistan and bin Laden and the Greek crisis."

Then while whining about those questioning his lack of leadership, you know, "leading from behind", he said: "And I’ve got to say, I’m very amused when I start hearing comments about, well, the President needs to show more leadership on this.....I put Vice President Biden in charge of a process.."

Still, funniest line was about him doing the Greek crisis. What's he doing, giving financial advice to them?

MSNBC needs to switch brand... (Below threshold)

MSNBC needs to switch brands, dump "Morning Joe," switch to a less toxic blend… and don't forget to wash out the cup real good!


So, if your an ass kissing ... (Below threshold)

So, if your an ass kissing lib you cant call a spade a spade? The truth needs no apology Mark.

Grow a set!

So, if your an ass kissi... (Below threshold)
jim m:

So, if your an ass kissing lib you cant call a spade a spade?

I'd pay good money to see someone from the MSM call obama a spade.

Just saying.

Is America waking up to ... (Below threshold)

Is America waking up to the disaster that is Barack Hussein Obama?

It's difficult to say for sure - but my sister-in-law used to give me politically oriented (IE anti-Bush) calendars for Christmas, and it was the rare gathering that didn't have a bit of political friction. She was proud of being able to vote for Obama, and after I pointed out to her his record was laughably thin I just didn't bother arguing with her, just warned her "Be careful what you wish for - you might get it."

Hey, you gotta get along with family, right?

The first few months she was rather enthusiastic about Obama. But as time went by, she was less and less positive. Last time we got together and politics were mentioned, she almost growled at the mention of green energy plans and the possibility of another 'stimulus'.

She used to be pretty high in the accounting heirarchy in a large company - and she emphatically doesn't like what she's seeing. It worries her, a lot.

There's no friction any more. We still don't talk much about politics, but there's no prickly feeling any more at gatherings.

Haven't even gone "Told ya so..." You've got to get along with family after all... right?

I don't understand - where ... (Below threshold)

I don't understand - where was the error? What is Halperin apoligizing for?

Hank:"What's he... (Below threshold)


"What's he doing, giving financial advice to them?"

Considering what's going on, I'd say it's likely...

Is America waking up to ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Is America waking up to the disaster that is Barack Hussein Obama?


If a tree falls in the fore... (Below threshold)

If a tree falls in the forest? If I call the prez a name on msnbc?

Ooops! Halpern blurts the ... (Below threshold)

Ooops! Halpern blurts the truth, and Joe continues to show what a whore he is.

Among people I know, the on... (Below threshold)

Among people I know, the only ones still feverishly supporting Obama are yellow dog Democrats and those who worship hardcore leftist/statist/redistributionist/antiwar ideologies (in my circle, these are mostly over-educated college professor types).

He has been a complete disappointment to the hard left though, because he has failed to implement full scale socialism and he has failed to completely disengage and dismantle the US military. But they will strongly support his re-election, because the alternative is another greedy war mongering evil capitalist pig Republican in the White house.

I also know a few blacks who still blindly support Obama because he's a brother, but what I hear from most of the blacks I work with and their family/acquaintances is extreme disappointment, which seems to have pretty much wiped out the previous feeling of euphoria among blacks after Obama's election. Blacks seem to have been hit particularly hard by the current recession and its combination of high food and gas prices and high unemployment, where even finding part time work is next to impossible. From what I am hearing, a lot of them might just sit this election out, although the ones who do vote will probably vote for Obama again.

Definition of insanity ...

Gotta love the truth to pow... (Below threshold)

Gotta love the truth to power aspect of this.

"I don't understand - where... (Below threshold)

"I don't understand - where was the error? What is Halperin apoligizing for?"

You cross the 'Won' while drinking his brand of cherry, you get sent to the Russian front.

Right Wart?

Well, at least he didn't ca... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Well, at least he didn't call him "the food stamp president." THAT would have been beyond the pale -- and racist. Wait a minute. Isn't there some stereotype about black men... and dicks? It is obviously some kind of code. He IS a racist!

I don't understand - whe... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I don't understand - where was the error? What is Halperin apologizing for?

He's a member of the media. He's apologizing for being honest and unbiased.

It certainly is not because he used a vulgarity to describe the President. Can anyone honestly believe that he would have apologized had the President been a Republican? Would he have apologized if it were Bush? Of course not. He would tour the talk show circuit smugly recounting his insult. He would have been celebrated as a national hero on The View.

This was about letting the veil slip. Now they all have to cover for the ideological wardrobe malfunction.

Well, considering his behav... (Below threshold)

Well, considering his behavior at the presser yesterday, I think he's kind of a dick too. Respecting the Office of the Presidency doesn't mean one has to respect the person holding that office. When Obama respects that office instead of using to validate his peevish behavior then he might receive respect in return. Halperin was correct. Course talk for a thug presdiency.

Clancy @ 9 wrote:<blo... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Clancy @ 9 wrote:

I don't understand - where was the error? What is Halperin apoligizing for?

To which Jim M @ 18 replied:

He's a member of the media. He's apologizing for being honest and unbiased.

Nah. The real issue for which the apology was issued was that, as a total fake, 0bama should have been referred to as a dildo vice a dick.

I don't understand - whe... (Below threshold)

I don't understand - where was the error? What is Halperin apoligizing for

I'm sure he was apologizing to dicks

He's a DICK and an ASS. He... (Below threshold)

He's a DICK and an ASS. He's also an "-ant:" Petulant, arrogant and ignorant. He's got all the tricks-strawmen, false choices, et al. Here's the only choice available according to King Clueless: You can either have college scholarships or corporate jets-ALL scholarships or ALL jets, you choose. There are no other choices available. As much as I hated Sam Donaldson, I would pay good money to see him grill this affirmative action poster boy.

I was quite surprised by th... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

I was quite surprised by this story.

First, I didn't know Time Magazine still was in operation. Second, I had no idea Joe Scarborough still was being shown on TV somewhere.

That said, let's not confuse Time and MSNBC with the body politic.

Whereas hard core liberal political junkies such as Halperin are very angry at Obama (for not going as far to the left as they want and as they had expected), and whereas any sentient and informed adult can't wait to vote against him next year, there are millions of people out there in Zombieland with no real antipathy towards Obama nor any real sense of disapproval of his staggering ineptitude. For the simple reason there's a amazing degree of ignorance out there in Zombieland. Don't underestimate the extent to which the media and academia and identity politics have dumbed down the masses.

It will take a herculean effort to vote Obama out of office.

And per the update we see w... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

And per the update we see what happens when one speaks truth to power within the left!

The Irony, the irony!

Here's some news you can us... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

Here's some news you can use Halperin.
Anyone who was actually paying attention and is even a casual observer of human nature (and has been around more than 19 years) could tell this about this arrogant, shallow, self-centered creep in 2008.

He's just jealous because h... (Below threshold)

He's just jealous because he's such a little pussy.

Halperin should have said "... (Below threshold)

Halperin should have said "I'll stop calling him a dick when he stops acting like one."


Ha ha ha, the video is a la... (Below threshold)

Ha ha ha, the video is a laugher.

This is what you get patronizing with leftists or 'thought police'..

Supposedly the most understanding rational individuals but in truth will stab you in the back at a moments notice. These are the same people in charge of international diplomacy. Bitter, souless droids running on impulse power.

Hey Mark! Now you can tell everyone what you really think of the jack ass in chief.

He could have called Obama ... (Below threshold)

He could have called Obama a Wiener but that word is already taken.

His comment was an insult to dicks everywhere.

MSNBC is so in the tank for... (Below threshold)

MSNBC is so in the tank for Obama. They can't even accidentally (emotionally) say anything offensive about the ONE. Any other proof needed for bias? ww

To bring up the obvious, wh... (Below threshold)
ExRat Author Profile Page:

To bring up the obvious, what if he'd called, say, Romney or Herman Cain a dick? D'you think he'd have apologized? D'you think he'd have been suspended?

I suspect such a remark would have evoked peals of laughter on Morning Joe, followed by a "non-apology apology" from some network flack.

Even today, heresy has its penalties.

Dick is nothing compared to... (Below threshold)

Dick is nothing compared to what they called Bush and other Republicans on MSNBC.

Marco Rubio said he sounded... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Marco Rubio said he sounded more like a "left wing strong man" than an American President.

I say, "In his wildest dreams!" More like Steve Erkel without the brain.

The stuff about "leadership" and how hard he's been working was hilarious, though. Maybe he is auditioning to take over Leno's show.

Say... Didn't Joy Behar ref... (Below threshold)

Say... Didn't Joy Behar refer to Sharon Angle a "b*tch"? And do so publicly, loudly, and repeatedly?

And isn't Joy Behar still employed?

Just askin'...

Hey! And didn't Bill Maher refer publicly, loudly, and intentionally to Sarah Palin and a c*nt?

And isn't HE still employed?

I'm sensing some sort of pattern emerging here.

Seems the MSM is eating the... (Below threshold)

Seems the MSM is eating their own. Halpern has been suspended by MSNBC for the comment. I guess that we'll get to look forward to a lengthy paean of worship to The One in order for Halpern to gain absolution.

So. Are they going to suspend everyone on the set who was laughing? I heard no protests about the remark other than Joey Whore asking if the comment was delayed. Obviously they must have agreed with what Halpern said.

"The stuff about "leadershi... (Below threshold)

"The stuff about "leadership" and how hard he's been working was hilarious, though. Maybe he is auditioning to take over Leno's show."

They must be equating golf with leadership and hard work? That is the only way to legitimise such nonsense.

Mark Halperin: "I apologize... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Mark Halperin: "I apologize for what you thought was a vulgarity, I was, of course, alluding to how much he resembled Richard 'Dick' Nixon with his delivery. Again, I apolocize if anyone took offense. Can I have my job back now?"

This from the obscene PMSNB... (Below threshold)

This from the obscene PMSNBC shower that has collectively effected upon every Republican of note every imaginable slur, slight and filthy name?

And whose parent company's mobbed-up CEO is the cohort and crony of the most crooked, corrupt, loathsome and fearsome "administration" as has ever be-squatted and be-manured our once white house.








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