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Jun302011

Mark Halperin Suspended by MSNBC: Calls Obama Vulgar Name

File photo. (David S. Holloway/Getty Images for Turner)(NEW YORK) -- MSNBC has suspended Mark Halperin from his role as a political analyst for the network after the Time magazine editor referred to President Obama as “kind of a d--k” Thursday on live television.

Discussing the president’s testy Wednesday morning White House press conference and Obama's approach to the deadlocked bipartisan talks on deficit reduction, Halperin asked Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski whether the show was being broadcast on delay.

“Do we have the seven-second delay today?” Halperin asked, referring to the technique employed by many live broadcasts that allows control room operators to censor material before it goes to air. “I want to characterize how I thought the president behaved.”

Then, assured by each of the show’s hosts and control room that yes  in fact, the show was being broadcast on delay, Halperin said of the president, “I thought he was kind of a d--k yesterday.”

"Oh my God," Scarborough quickly responded. "Delay that!  Delay that!  What are you doing?  I can't believe you--I was joking! Don't do that! Did we delay that?"

Halperin later made an on-air apology.

"I became a part of the joke," Halperin said. "That’s no excuse. I made a mistake and I’m sorry and I shouldn’t have said it."

"I apologize to the president and the viewers who heard me say that."

But in a statement announcing Halperin’s suspension, MSNBC called his comment “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,” the network said.

“Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.”

Halperin, also a best-selling author, joined Time in 2007 and currently serves as the magazine’s editor-at-large and senior political analyst.

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