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Breaking! Supreme Court Rules 9-0 It’s Okay to Call Mark Halperin an Adolescent “Dick”

Jeff Spicoli Mark HalperinOh my, the nation may need to draw down on its strategic reserves of smelling salts and fainting couches.

What else can it do when one of the nation’s most self-righteous/important bozos, the man Time Magazine hired to be an “editor at large,” and whom MSNBC calls a “senior political analyst,” gave us this grownup assessment of the President of the United States:

“I thought he was a dick yesterday,” Halperin, who also is a senior political analyst for MSNBC, said on Morning Joe, referring to the President’s conduct during his press conference.

That sent Joe Scarborough, worried about losing his Pod People viewers, all atwitter. Here’s the report by Politico, home of more Poddies and Zombies than Halperin can count:

Host Joe Scarborough hoped to prevent the comment from being broadcast, saying, “Delay that. Delay that. What are you doing? I can’t believe… don’t do that. Did we delay that?”

Just minutes later, Halperin quickly apologized to the president and viewers for his choice of words. “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,” Halperin said.

“We’re going to have a meeting after the show,” Scarborough said.

So what was twelve year old Halperin complaining about? It seems the President chastized the GOP leaders for insisting we slash the deficits via egregious cuts in spending on worthwhile programs, while protecting unwarranted tax breaks for rich people and prosperous corporations and risking default on US credit. Well, no wonder Mark was upset. Who wouldnt be angered to hear John Boehner and that nice Mitch McConnell called out for being cynical, irresponsible, inhumane jerks?

I don’t see how the Beltway can recover from this if men like Halperin have to apologize. Can grownup journalism survive if senior political analysts are not allowed to behave like unpromising adolescents and resort to naughty potty talk while pretending to cover important national issues?

This could be the end of journalism as we know it. [About time.]

Updates: Reactions now coming in from scandalized journalists:

Atrios says naughty things. I’m sending him a bar of soap.

MSNBC suspends Halperin indefinitely

In a statement, MSNBC said that Mark Halperin will be “suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst” for his comments about President Obama.

Misc. Tweets:

TNR’s Jonathon Chait begins with “the merits of Halperin’s politcal commentary skills aside . . .” Uh, the merits of Halperin’s commentary skills are precisely why he should have been dumped before.

Salon’s Alex Pareene gets it right.

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