Thursday, June 30, 2011

Spicoli Isn't An Analysist

Some someone or another got in all manner of trouble for calling  Obama a dick. Some other someones or another think that the punishment for indefinite banishment from the land of punditocracy is or isn't the right way to go.[1] I think it's the right way to go; not because it wrong to call the president a dick or whatever other else but rather because professionals shouldn't call to mind stoner surfer dudes:

That's right, they ought to outright fire the moronic bastard for being a moron and bastard not for using the word dick. Indeed, when they send him his letter of termination, they could use the little known Spicoli clause to ensure that he gets no unemployment. The Spicoli clause argues that anyone whose vocabulary, invective or otherwise, recalls Spicoli to mind is deemed unsuited for serious endeavors. It's near corollary, is the Ann Coulter amendment, which states that anyone who discusses or has Coulter as a guest on their program , except to mock and embarrass her, is debarred from commenting on the world as it ought to be or is.

Tim Mak / The Politico:
Mark Halperin suspended over Obama remark on Morning Joe (video)  —  MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin was suspended on Thursday by the cable network after he called President Obama “a dick” on a popular morning show and then quickly apologized.  —  “I thought he was a dick yesterday …

Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
MSNBC's suspension of Mark Halperin is way over the top  —  MSNBC just announced that they have “indefintely” suspended Mark Halperin for claiming that Obama was “kind of a dick” at his presser yesterday.  Here's MSNBC's statement:  —  I'm sorry, but this is crazy.

Colby Hall / Mediaite:
MSNBC Suspends Mark Halperin For Calling President Obama A ‘Dick’ On Morning Joe  —  In the event that anyone think that Morning Joe is becoming formulaic and predictable, I present the following clip.  While discussing President Obama's press briefing yesterday (in which he showed a feisty …

Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Mark Halperin and the Quote of the Day  —  It's hard not to love that “liberal” media.  —  On MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” the three-hour program co-hosted by a conservative Republican former congressman, Time magazine's Mark Halperin was asked for his assessment of President Obama's White House press conference.
MSNBC suspends Mark Halperin for Obama comments  —  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.

Alex Pareene / Salon:
Mark Halperin comes up with great excuse to fire Mark Halperin
The Huffington Post:
Mark Halperin SUSPENDED For Obama ‘D*ck’ Comment (VIDEO)
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Mark Halperin called Obama “a dick” and now he says “I can't explain why I did it.”
Discussion: The New Republic
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Halperin: Obama was a ... Update: MSNBC suspends Halperin “indefinitely”

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