MSNBC Suspends Halperin for 'D**k' Remark

Commentator calls move 'totally appropriate'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2011 11:40 AM CDT

MSNBC has suspended Mark Halperin indefinitely after he called President Obama a “dick” on Morning Joe. “Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the president, the White House, and all of our viewers,” the network said in a statement. “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 called the suspension “totally appropriate” in a statement of his own. “I completely agree with everything in MSNBC’s statement about my remark,” it said. “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.” (More Mark Halperin stories.)

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