The initial segment on Howard Kurtz's "Reliable Sources" dealt with Mark Halperin's quip about President Obama being a "dick". Howard Kurtz characterize the situation as involving a mild obscenity and thought that the incident was overblown. Mark Halperin thought that he was making The comment during a 7 second delay. Joe Scarborough, who appeared to be telling Halperin that the comment would be delayed suddenly appeared shocked, and stated that he (Scarborough) was only joking in mentioning the 7 second delay. Mika had her usual; "Who me? Involved in this?" look.
Michelle Cottle, Washington correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast; Matthew Continetti, opinion editor at the Weekly Standard and author of "the Persecution of Sarah Palin"; and A.B. Stoddard of The Hill , Formed a panel discussing the issue with Howard Kurtz. the panelists seemed to be in agreement with Kurtz that the issue had been overblown.Mark Halperin and also apologized. The consensus seemed to be that Halperin "had" to be suspended, but that Halperin was merely joking. The report is also seem to be in agreement with Halperin that a 7 second delay was in operation. Howard Kurtz also felt that something had to be done since the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, had criticized Halperin's statement.
The reporters defended Halperin as a bright, cautious reporter who had simply made an improper statement, albeit premeditated. Kurtz went on to state that part of the reason that Halperin was being criticized is that Halperin is not felt to be liberal enough.
Kurtz ridiculed an article from Black America Web that stated that Halperin had shown America what Halperin actually thought about America's first black President. Kurtz also mentioned a report from the Daily Beast that noted that Halperin had made a positive comment about the GW Bush White House PR apparatus.
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Continetti opined that he agreed with Halperin that President Obama appeared "unlikable" during his recent press conference. Kurtz disagreed with that characterization of Obama's press conference stating that he thought that Obama did very well.
When I looked at the clip of Mark Halperin on Morning Joe making the statement about the President, I wondered how an editor at large of Time magazine could be trusted in the future after having made such a statement. I don't think that the controversy surrounding Halperin's statement is overblown.
I wonder how others feel about Mark Halperin's statement.