A senior political analyst was suspended indefinitely by MSNBC after an appearance today on “Morning Joe” in which he made an off-color remark about President Obama, TV Guide reports. The analyst, Mark Halperin, later apologized.
Halperin commented that during President Obama’s press address Wednesday, Obama had been "kind of a d–k," according to the story. MSNBC suspended Halperin immediately after the show, an action that Halperin accepted without complaint.
He later issued a statement, saying, "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."
MSNBC’s spokesperson said 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."
Before the remark, Halperin had asked whether the show was on a seven-second delay. After being told that it was, Halperin said what he said, assuming it would be bleeped, according to the report.