MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin suspended after calling President Obama a profane name
Mark Halperin, senior political analyst for MSNBC, has been suspended following his remarks on the live broadcast of "Morning Joe" in which he called President Obama a profane name.
Halperin during the broadcast asked jokingly if the show was on a seven-second delay as he responded to a a question regarding Obama's news conference Monday. He then used the term in describing what he thought was Obama's posturing.
"Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable," said a statement from MSNBC. "We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like this have no place on the air. Therefore, Mark will be suspended immediately from his role as an analyst."
Halperin in his own statement 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."
-- Greg Braxton
Photo: From left, Mark Halperin, Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, Pat Buchanan and Harold Ford Jr. in front of a live "Morning Joe" audience on the day after the 2010 elections. Credit: Virginia Sherwood / MSNBC