Mark Halperin suspended for remark about President Obama: What do you think?
Scarborough assured Halperin that the seven-second tape delay was in effect, saying, "You fall down, I'm going to catch you."
To which Halperin responded, "I thought he was a dick yesterday."
The remark came as quite a shock to Scarborough, who immediately reacted. "Delay that. Delay that," he said. "What are you doing? I can't believe... don't do that. Did we delay that?" Apparently, he had only been joking about using the delay and "catching" Halperin. He certainly wasn't expecting such a crude remark.
And no, it wasn't delayed -- the remark aired, because the show's new executive producer, Alex Korson, didn't know how to use the tape delay button. Scarborough wasn't happy about that, either. "You are supposed to know how to do the job," Scarborough said. "I would tell you what I think of him, but he doesn't know what button to push."
Halperin scrambled to make amends. "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," he said. Later in the show, he reiterated the sentiment. "I can't explain why I did it. It's inappropriate, disrespectful. I've already apologized, and I will again to the President. I'm sorry, I'm sorry to the viewers...It is disrespectful, what I said was disrespectful to the president and the office but it also lowers our discourse."
He also took to Twitter to apologize yet again. "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 posted.
Sorry isn't good enough, though. The Hollywood Reporter reports that while Halperin's position at Time Magazine won't be impacted, he has been suspended from his MSNBC duties. "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 network said in a statement.
Weigh in below, Zap2it readers. Do you think Halperin deserved to be suspended for his comment?