Senior MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin offered this analysis of Barack Obama this morning on the “Morning Joe” broadcast:
MSNBC editorial policy is very nuanced about this matters. Even though Halperin specifically asked if there would be a seven-second editorial delay, and we can see the production staff clearly failing to push the correct button… and even though they employ a number of on-air personalities who repeatedly refer to Republicans as “teabaggers”… Halperin was sacked within a matter of hours.
It would therefore appear that the apparatus involved in “teabagging” is just fine with MSNBC, but the nearby organ employed in Halperin’s simile is instantly fatal to a broacaster’s career, at least if that simile is directed at a Democrat.
MSNBC’s statement on the matter reads as follows:
“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.”
Meanwhile, MSNBC host Martin Bashir maintained that “high level of discourse” by asking if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 69, is suffering from “a mild form of dementia.”
(a mighty hat tip to Jammie Wearing Fool for assembling these clips.)
Update: Here are some more examples of MSNBC’s high level of discourse:
Keith Olbermann saying conservative columnist Michelle Malkin would be a “mashed up bag of meat with lipstick on it” without her “fascistic hatred”:
Olbermann repeatedly calling Sarah Palin a “tool”, in a segment that was deliberately teased to imply the word was meant as a vile insult:
Olbermann calling Tea Party members “poor, dumb, manipulated bastards”: