‘why mark halperin is a d–k’

Michelle Goldberg (Daily Beast): Here’s why Mark Halperin is a disgrace. It’s not because he used a mild obscenity to describe our president on Morning Joe, disrespectful as that was. Rather, it was the circumstances of the slur.

Right now, the Republican Party is threatening to blow up the world economy unless Democrats agree to savage cuts in spending while refusing any of the revenue increases that all serious economists say are necessary to actually address the national debt. Obama, whose greatest fault in office has been a misplaced faith in the GOP’s capacity for reasonableness, went on television and chided the party for this stance. Apparently, this struck Halperin as unreasonable. His response embodies all that’s rotten and shallow about D.C.’s pundit class, which fetishizes bipartisanship even as it only demands it of one political party.

….He’s as good a symbol as anyone of our political class’s smug insularity, its obsession with process and symbolism, and utter disinterest in policy. He creates and then reifies conventional wisdom.

…In slavish interviews with Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, he apologized again and again for the media’s purported liberal bias. “I’m proud of where I work, where we understand that we’ve got to not be liberal,” he said.

….Because Halperin is so determined to bend over backward for the right, he can’t come to grips with the central fact of modern politics – the death of Republican moderation … Right now, the GOP is playing a game of chicken with all of our financial futures … The president tried, in a very mild way, to address his opponents’ dangerous intransigence. What kind of political journalist regards that as wildly inappropriate? Halperin has given us the answer.

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Thank you Loriah

25 Responses to “‘why mark halperin is a d–k’”

  1. 1 dotster
    July 1, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I noted how smart and right Halperin has always been. He said the Terry Schiavo fiasco was good news for the GOP, that Bush won the news cycle following Hurricane Katrina, and of course all the “good news for John McCain” brilliant proclamations. It appears that he is sorely lacking in insight and is always wrong. Someone noted that he wrote a book previewing the 2008 Presidential election, and Barack Obama’s name was not even mentioned, not even one little mention, nowhere on his radar. He is clueless, so blinded by his partisan outlook, and he gets paid for it! Pretty amazing.

    • 2 Kels
      July 1, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Actually, POTUS and FLOTUS were barely mentioned in that book because they were the only non-weirdos in the whole field. They were so clean not even Halperin could get away with making up crap about them. Believe me, I’m sure he spent months and months digging for dirt. Remember, this is the same fool who suggested it was media bias that Michelle Obama wasn’t questioned about drug use, infidelity, and theft like Cindy McCain. SMH.

  2. July 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Good morning Chips. How are this morning? It’s the weeend, my friend, and a holiday too 🙂

  3. July 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Oh wow, lots of typos this morninga holiday too 🙂

  4. July 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

    He’s down right evil and hateful.

  5. July 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Good morning Dotster 🙂

  6. July 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

    That’s a good article

  7. 10 Fred
    July 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

    yeah I read that article too.Thanks for shedding the light on Halperin

  8. July 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

    As far as I am concerned Mark Halperin should have gotten his walking papers from Time yesterday. But he should not be the only focus of this nasty slur directed at President Obama. Joe Scarborough via MSNBC provided the platform that bred this gross insult. Clearly, at some point, Scarborough and his side kick, Mika encouraged Halperin to do their dirty work.

    So, like Halperin, who everybody knows is a Republican hack, Scarborough is no different. That Scarborough and Mika would agree with Halperin and laugh about what he said about our president, tells us more about the two hosts and everyone else on that panel that sat mum and said nothing of the insult.

    That Halperin would try to ensure that the mikes were off so that he could proceed to insult the president, can also tell us that this is not the first that Scarborough and perhaps some of his other guests have engaged in such tawdry behavior. One has to conclude that this kind of ugliness is common place on that set.

    And so, for MSNBC to simply suspend Halperin and make no attempt to address the fact that Mika and Joe crossed the line as well, suggest to me that the network itself has no problem what the hosts of that show did yesterday. Even my 14-year-old asked why Mika and Joe got to shoulder no responsibility for their actions.

    I think that is a question MSNBC needs to answer.

    • 12 cathy2va
      July 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

      I so agree africa. Since this wonderful family did such a good job yesterday I decided to join Tweeter today. I don’t often comment here or at BWD so I won’t be comfortable at Tweeter either. So if we just retweet will that help with getting the message out? Just need so guidance on what we should do on tweeter?

      • July 1, 2011 at 11:22 am

        Cathy, I have yet to get up the nerve to join the tweeting world. But I am sure there are lots of people here that can guide you. Good to see you here. We need all the force we can to push back at these liars, backstabbers and fraudulent fauxters posing as legitimate observers and arbiters of the truth.

        Go get them!!

      • 14 meta
        July 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

        Cathy, by all means, yes – retweeting messages helps a lot. Also, pay attention to hashtags so you can follow the topics that are trending and retweet those. And don’t be shy about addressing those who deserve it!!

  9. July 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Hack-erin is the typical fail-UP story. Just like Dumbya Bush. His dad probably had some connections, little Markie’s path has always been greased for him. His connections got him the cushy jobs, which he continues to be horrible at, but he keeps getting more money and more visibility. These guys just spread money around between themselves — it’s all a joke to them.

    That’s why they hate PBO so much — he is largely self-made and self-possessed. And smarter than all of them put together.

    That’s why I continue to beat the boycott drum, and refuse to watch these frat boys. I don’t expect any type of “journalism” out of them in the morning or at any other time.

    • July 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

      PJ you so hit the nail on the head. “These guys just spread money around between themselves – it’s all a joke to them.”

      Indeed. They know nothing about losing sleep over a child not have a belly full at night or having a decent pair of shoe to wear to school. If they had to trade just one day in the life of an ordinary person struggling to make it, they won’t even survive an hour.

      And here is what I see as this guy’s major mal-function. He is projecting all of his foibles on to this president. Deep down, I bet he wishes he had half the smarts, wits and oomph this president possesses. Having none of those qualities, he is left with nothing but anger and resentment.

      But here is the thing. He needs to grow up and deal with it because POTUS is not going to change. He is who he is and always will be.

      • 18 cathy2va
        July 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

        I would like for everyone in the “media” and our Congress people to live for six months on the median salary — $50,000 or so and then they would understand what is happening to the middle class!

  10. 19 Betty's Girl
    July 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    This man doesn’t like to President but more important he fears the President’s power and he can’t hide it. It comes across in his face when discussing the President and now he has actually said it aloud. I agree with an up post he was absolutely comfortable saying that aloud about the President because he was in an enviroment where that behavior is normal and acceptable. We can get over MSNBC being any kind of liberal network. The Conservative voice has successfully integrated with the Comcast buy out.

  11. 20 Ladyhawke
    July 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Excellent post. A perfect example of the feckless White House Press Corps was yesterday when at least TWO “reporters” questioned the optics of President Obama attending a fundraiser the day after he chastised congress about doing their job. Oh the horror…..

    Of course everyone knows exactly what was going on. Mitch McConnell suddenly decides to invite PBO to a meeting on the day that he is going to Philly. It was too cute by half and an obviously disingenuous attempt to create the impression that PBO is not involved.

    The first question asked by AP could have been written by Mitch McConnell himself. And I love the fact that after Jay Carney thoroughly answered the question he let the reporter know he did not know where she got those talking points from. Which was followed by indignation by the “reporter”.

    ————–Here’s the question————————–

    Q Is the President going to accept Senator McConnell’s invitation to go to the Hill today? And how does he justify going to Philadelphia for fundraisers when he just called on Congress to stay here and do its job?


    This is business as usual with the White House Press Corps. They parrot the GOP talking points all the time. And they are obsessed with process and feelings. So and so said such and such, how does the WH respond? Why did President Obama speak so harshly?? What made him decide to do that?? Unbelievable…..

    My guess is that these reporters are making six figure salaries. It is just astonishing to hear them ask such stupid questions every day. They are doing a disservice to the American people and are a total embarrassment.

    • 21 utaustinliberal
      July 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      I watched the press conference LadyHawke and boy did I just fall a little bit more in love with Jay Carney. His response was perfect. He told them that PBP can walk and chew gum at the same time – Heck he handed Trump his ass on a platter while planning the mission to take out OBL – Jay also told them that the President doesn’t need to be on the Senate floor listening to Mitch McConnell repeating the same maximalist position where closing tax loopholes for the mega wealthy is not feasible in the republicans eyes but screwing the middle class through machiavellian spending cuts and tyrannic decimation of social programs is acceptable.

      Wow in interview after interview, Halperin apologizes to blowhards like Hannity and O’Reilly for “liberal bias” in the media. Setting my countdown clock for when this hack moves over to the motherhsip of right wing hackjobs; 5….4…..3…

      • 22 Ladyhawke
        July 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

        Ut, we are going to have to share Jay Carney. I think he is adorable and I think he is doing a great job as press secretary. You can tell he does his homework. He stays on message all the time and he defends President Obama at every turn. I just love his calm no nonsense demeanor. I really think the fact that he used to sit on the other side of the podium is a tremendous asset.

        The jackals drive me crazy, but I watch the briefings for Jay. I love it when he puts Jake (with the permanent snarl) Tapper in his place. I absolutely loathe the front row.

    • 23 Sue in Minnesota
      July 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      The big investment with these people is the game, who wins who loses. Very little serious or informative discussion eminates from the questions they choose to ask. What they have put on the back burner is policy and serious debate with the goal of compromise and resolution. These people are squandering Americans tax dollars and good faith. It is really hard to take them serious, aside from the serious heartburn they deliver.

      I think we have to rely on our own resources, to stay informed, involved and to exert pressure. I am personally really excited about state wide groups organizing in Minnesota, and probably in all states. Van Jones is one of the head organizers for Rebuilding the American Dream. Maybe you have received e-mails regarding the same. Two blocks away from me a gathering is planned for July 17th. I am going to go introduce myself ahead of time and get a better feel for the “progressive vibe”. I am not going to be a apart of any group that makes President Obama a whipping boy. According to a second e-mail they had already received 10,000 people indicating interest in organizing.
      People from what I know, no longer want to sit of the sidelines, they have had enough! Hopefully between that and PBO’s campaign I will be able to contribute in a meaningful way.

      • 24 Ladyhawke
        July 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

        Sue, thanks for reminding me about this. I think Van Jones is a treasure and this is a wonderful movement. I’ll check the Rebuild A Dream website for details and signup for email updates.

  12. July 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Dan Rather and 4 CBS employees fired for airing a disputed story about Bush’s National Guard service. But Mark Halperin can call a sitting President a “p*ssy” on live radio & a “d*ck” on national tv but yet he gets to keep his job at Time magazine!


    Mark Halperin Calls Obama a “P*ssy”

    Wed Feb 13, 2008


    HALPERIN [discussing John Edwards’ potential endorsement of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama]: I can tell you, he’s really skeptical of her ability to be the kind of president he wants. But, he kinda thinks Obama is…he thinks Obama is kind of a pussy…He has real questions about Obama’s toughness, his readiness for the office.

    Halperin’s response

    I’m sorry. In a live radio interview this week, I used a word I shouldn’t have. The fact that I was conveying other people’s words is no excuse for my lapse in judgment. It won’t happen again. — Mark Halperin

    Mark Halperin Calls President Obama ‘A Dick’ on Live TV

    Halperin’s apology

    June 30, 2011

    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.

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