They’re calling it ‘Dickgate’- and no, Anthony Wiener is not involved.

The new Dickgate is brought to us by political commentator Mark Halperin who is coming under fire for his remarks about President Obama.

The entire incident began when host Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough asked Halperin his thoughts on President Obama’s press conference on the debt talks the night before. Halperin, who then asked if there was a seven second delay so he could share his feelings, then went ahead and shared his feelings, saying:

“I thought he was a kind of a dick yesterday,” Halperin.


While it was one word, that word could cost Halperin, an editor at large at TIME, his commentator post at MSNBC. The network suspended Halperin following the broadcast, saying in a statement:

“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.”

Halperin issued an apology following the incident, saying:

“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.”

Quickly after, issued a statement as well saying his comments were “inappropriate and in no way reflective of TIME’s views.” The company said they “issued a warning to him that such behavior is unacceptable. Mark has appropriately apologized on air, via Twitter and on The Page.”

But what about the reaction from Obama’s camp?

POLITICO reports:

Obama’s chief political adviser, David Axelrod, said the crude remark was likely a “mistake” that shouldn’t be seen as representative of Halperin’s career.

“What he said was obviously stupid and tasteless, and he exercised poor judgment,” Axelrod told The Washington Post. “I think he’d be the first to acknowledge that. I strongly disagree with his analysis. But I’ve known him for decades. He’s a decent person and a good journalist. I’m sure that no one regrets this more than he does.”

While Halperin’s comments were certainly inappropriate, many have pointed out that commentators called Bush far worse during his administration and did not receive the same treatment.

What do you think Clutchettes- is Halperin being unfairly raked over the coals or is her receiving the treatment he deserves? Weigh in and tell us what you think!

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  • justsaying_it

    No he shouldn’t loose his job over calling Obama a “Dick”. A “Wimp” would have been a much better word to describe Obama. I can’t believe Obama is not fighting like he did when he was running for president. I didn’t think he would let the right(republicans) push him around like they do. He is not standing up for anything.

    Republicans are passing laws like they are the ones in control, and Obama is just smiling and nodding, playing golf with them, and trying so hard to make the right like him[sigh].

    • J

      Co-sign on getting pushed around. A large portion of this deficit spending debate could have been solved if he didn’t roll over on the Bush Era tax cuts. I feel like republicans threaten to say boo and the left runs and hides.

    • justsaying_it

      Yes they do run instead of fighting. Obama has been trying so hard to please republicans, and make them like him. It’s so noticeable. Black or white, if a person is going to run for Democrat they need to be able to stand up and not get pushed around, and stand up for the people that voted.

  • He’s not being unfairly raked over the coals. Had the “d!ck” comment just slipped out, all he should have to do is apologize. But asking about the delay means he thought about it, which caused the suspension.

  • Lol I’m sure there are other white men and people in general who think and feel the same as he does and say it out loud as well. HE was just stupid enough to say it out loud on national television. I whole-heartedly disagree with his statement and I think he deserved to get fired because that was his job and his workplace and it shouldn’t have been said there of all places. Regardless of if he was ‘egged on’ or not.

  • Ria

    This is tough-

    I want to say he shouldn’t be fired over expressing his opinion. I personally do not agree with some of Obama’s decisions, but I do think that news analysts and commentators should express their feelings in a politically acceptable manner.

    I’m a little hyper-sensitive about many of the comments flung towards Obama because at the end of the day, he is still a black man in the white house. I think that if no disciplinary action is taken on Halperin, it gives others more of a reason to say equally or more crude comments…and we know, some like to go a little overboard…..