QUOTES of the DAY – the TIME‘s Mark Halperin Edition
MORE DICKS IN WASHINGTON POLITICS: On Thursday, TIME‘s Halperin called President Obama “kind of a d*ck” on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and was suspended indefinitely from his role at the network as political analyst. Some think he’ll resurface on the program in a few weeks. Whether that happens or not, he became the hot topic this week amongst Washington’s journalists and beyond as we move unexpectedly from one weiner scandal to another.
“Been in France for a week and I’ve called EVERYONE a dick #dickgate” — Publicist Courtney Cohen, formerly with ABC’s “This Week” in a Thursday tweet from Paris.
“I’m sorry, but this is crazy. Halperin’s crack was crude and dumb, but it doesn’t deserve indefinite suspension.” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent in a Thursday blog post in The Plum Line.
“What Halperin meant to say was Obama is ‘kind of a Dick Nixon.'” — Slate‘s Jack Shafer in a Thursday tweet.
“I am trying to imagine under what circumstances I would as something like that with all those mics and cameras. I’m coming up blank.” — NYT‘s Charles Blow in a Thursday tweet.
“Mark Halperin, I feel you buddy. Sometimes I wish our newsroom was on a 7-second delay too.” — Fake Jim VandeHei in a Thursday tweet.
“Breaking: MSNBC Leans Forward, Gets DIcked! …Ironic tht u can’t say “dick” on MSNBC when they’re notorious for employing thm as show hosts.” — Conservative blogger and BigGovernment Contributor Mark Riehl in a Thursday tweet.
“This just doesn’t work as a scandal. The name Halperin is not inherently funny.” — Contributing Editor of Daily Kos and Congress Matters David Waldman in a Thursday tweet.
“Ask anyone outside of DC who Mark Halperin is. Blank stares will ensue. Too many in bubble don’t grasp this simple fact.” — Human Events‘ Tony Lee in a Thursday tweet.
“Waiting for O stmt on Halperin: ‘We don’t talk that way abt journos’ Laughtrack courtesy of WH press shop, Chicago mayor #retrievingoldemail “– Politico‘s Jonathan Allen in a Thursday tweet.
“Not much humidity in DC today. Gleeful schadenfreude is taking its place.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a Thursday tweet.
Halperin’s most recent message on Twitter: “I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the President and the viewers of Morning Joe.My remark was not funny.I deeply regret it.”