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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Mark Halperin suspended from MSNBC after calling Obama a vulgar name on ‘Morning Joe’ (Video)


Mark Halperin, right, with Willie Geist on “Morning Joe.” (Screen shot from “Morning Joe.”)

(Watch the video here.)

Updated at 10:53 a.m.

Mark Halperin, a political analyst on MSNBC, called President Obama a word that starts with “D” and is synonymous with a part of the male anatomy Thursday on “Morning Joe.”

MSNBC issued a statement suspending Halperin at 10:30 a.m.

“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.”

The incident took place after host Joe Scarborough asked Halperin what he thought Obama’s strategy was at a press conference held Wednesday, Halperin asked, “Are we on the seven second delay?”

After getting the go ahead from Scarborough that the show had the safety precaution of filming seven seconds before it went live — enough time to bleep out any bad words — Halperin said, “I thought he was a [shortened version of Richard] yesterday.”

While the rest of the panel looked a tad shocked, Scarborough yelled, “Delay that. Delay that. What are you doing? I can’t believe — I was joking! Don’t do that. Did we delay that?”

The answer: No. They did not delay that.

It seems a new producer to the show did not know where the seven-second delay button was, and did not manage to bleep the word in time.

Halperin later offered an apology to the president and the viewers. “I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the President and the viewers of Morning Joe. My remark was not funny. I deeply regret it,” he said.

After his suspension, Halperin made a second statement saying that he was in complete agreement with MSNBC. “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.”

Should Halperin be blamed for disrespecting the president? Should the producer be blamed for missing the button? Or should we all be blamed for watching morning television shows?

The full video has been posted to Newsbusters and you can watch the relevant moments below:

By  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/30/2011

 
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