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?
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!