MSNBC Suspends Mark Halperin After Name-Calling Remark

The network acted quickly after Halperin called the President "a dick"

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Today, in a blunt moment on Morning Joe, Mark Halperin said of the President "I thought he was kind of a dick yesterday" in his debt ceiling press conference.  MSNBC has now suspended him indefinitely, according to their statement. Halperin, Time's editor-at-large and an MSNBC contributor, had already apologized on the show earlier this morning. Here's the full statement and the condensed video of the offending remark:

Statement from MSNBC:
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.

Statement from Mark Halperin:
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.

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