Mark Halperin, a frequent guest on MSNBC and the senior political analyst for Time has been suspended indefinitely by the cable network for remarks he made Thursday morning on Morning Joe. Talking about Obama’s press conference on Wednesday, he said that “[he thought that Obama] was kind of a dick”.
MSNBC immediately issued a statement that said that he would indefinitely be suspended from MSNBC programming, despite apologizing for the incident. Halperin issued a statement later that said the following: “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.”
Time also issued a statement later and agreed that Halperin’s comments “were inappropriate and in no way reflective of Time‘s views. We have issued a warning to him that such behavior is unacceptable. Mark has appropriately apologized on air, via Twitter and on [his Time.com subsite] The Page”
During the Thursday White House daily briefing on Thursday, Jay Carney, the press secretary, said the following: “The comment that was made was inappropriate. It would be inappropriate to say that about any president of either party. And on behalf of the White House I expressed that sentiment to executives at the network”.