Mark Halperin is a star of the Beltway-Manhattan media elite, a lefty and transparently so.
But he is also a terrific though deeply biased political reporter and his slip into street-talk on air today needed and got an apology, but a suspension? I have been in broadcast studios, both television and radio, for two decades and the pejorative Halperin used is as common as it is low on the scale of insults towards political figures. So what is MSNBC saying with this absurd display of “standards?” That none of its hosts talk this way, or that they don’t talk this way on air? If it is the later, it is a mistake in delivery, not a moral offense, and no suspension is necessary. If the later, there will be a whole lot more suspensions coming down the pike at MSNBC.
I have to suspect that the real crime in MSNBC’s eyes is that Halperin broke faith with the fever swamp’s favorite president and that the core demo rose up proclaiming that the president should never be criticized, even by an acolyte like Halperin.
And make no mistake –Halperin is an Obama acolyte. His book Game Change makes clear that he sat on story after story that would have hurt the Democrats generally and the president’s nomination and election specifically throughout the 2008 campaign until after the voting was done. There is no higher service than helping deep six the bad news, and Mark Halperin came through for Obama and the left when it counted. So eighteen months out from the next election he shows a little false independence from the boss, the better to serve the big guy over the next year-and-a-half, and MSNBC blows it up into a display of “journalistic ethics” –from the most reliably unhinged, hard-left studios in the business. Sheesh.