View Full Version : Lesson From Halperin’s MSNBC Suspension: Don’t You Dare Trash Barack Obama

06-30-2011, 05:51 PM
White House Press Secratary Calls MSNBC to Say Halperin's Vulgar Comment on MSNBC was 'Inappropriate'

You can give money to political candidates. You can call a conservative radio talk show “a slut.” And you can even go as far as suggesting a former First Lady is “pimping” her daughter out and get a slap on the wrist.

But don’t you dare besmirch the name of President Barack Obama.

Ed Schultz – gets a one-week suspension without pay for calling conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham “a slut” on his radio show last month.

Joe Scarborough – gets a two-day suspension for contributing to political candidates without clearance from NBC-Universal management in November 2010.

Keith Olbermann – gets a similar two-day suspension two weeks earlier for political contributions as well.

David Shuster – suspended indefinitely for violating terms of his contract by shooting pilot with CNN. Was also suspended briefly in 2008 during Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination for suggesting Clinton’s daughter Chelsea was “pimped out” for political purposes.

Donny Deutsch – reportedly suspended for criticizing Keith Olbermann in April 2010

Don Imus – Initially suspended in 2007 after making disparaging remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, but show was later completely dropped by MSNBC.


06-30-2011, 05:54 PM
Carney called Halperin's bosses...video...

White House press secretary Jay Carney announced Thursday that he called Mark Halperin's bosses at MSNBC after the network contributor called President Obama "a dick" on a morning show.

"The comment that was made was inappropriate," Carney told reporters in his daily briefing. "It would be inappropriate to say that about either president of either party."

Carney said he didn't have a comment on what action the network took against Halperin (he was suspended after he apologized). He told reporters that "on behalf of the White House, I expressed that sentiment to executives at the network."