Senior political analyst Mark Halperin has been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC for using vulgar comments about President Obama on the news networks' Morning Joe show.
Halperin is a senior political analyst for the TIME magazine and a frequent visitor of the MSNBC shows. The unwarranted comment, which was made on live television, was in reference to a press conference President Barack Obama had on June 29, 2011.
The analysts was discussing with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski about President Obama's manner at a press conference in which he made a comparison of Congress with lazy schoolchildren.
MSNBC immediately issued a statement which read, 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.
Following this, Halperin also issued a second statement that said the following, 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.
Later on, TIME also issued a statement mentioning that Halperin's comments were inaapropriate and did not reflect TIME's views. We have issued a warning to him that such behavior is unacceptable. Mark has appropriately apologized on air, via Twitter and on [his Time.com subsite] The Page
The Los Angeles Times reported that the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney contacted MSNBC over the issue mentioning that the comment made was inappropriate.