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1 researchok  Jun 30, 2011 8:08:19am

Civility. It’s a good thing.

2 mr.fusion  Jun 30, 2011 8:16:43am

So the President calls out Congress for taking a 2 wk vacation a month before we hit the debt ceiling…..calls out the GOP for favoring cuts to Pell Grants over cuts to a corporate jet tax break…..

….and that makes him a dick? It’s amazing how sensitive the right wing is. Not just Halperin. The guy’s a hack who has clearly been harboring hatred of this President for a long time, but he’s not a legislator…..but Cantor called the President’s presser yesterday a “lecture.” They’re like a bunch of pre-pubescent girls

3 Bulworth  Jun 30, 2011 8:39:09am
So the President calls out Congress for taking a 2 wk vacation a month before we hit the debt ceiling…calls out the GOP for favoring cuts to Pell Grants over cuts to a corporate jet tax break…

…and that makes him a dick?

In the eyes of our Very Serious and “librul” media villagers, yes.

4 The Ghost of a Flea  Jun 30, 2011 9:09:42am

re: #2 mr.fusion

They’re like a bunch of pre-pubescent girls

No…pre-pubescent girls are actually pretty savvy about social aggression. These guys, not so much.

5 Charles Johnson  Jun 30, 2011 9:59:27am

Since he opened that door, or zipper as the case may be, I’ve always thought of Mark Halperin as kind of a dick.

6 leftynyc  Jun 30, 2011 10:16:50am

I saw that this morning before I left (it was early in the show - 6:10-ish. Just sat there and shook my head as Joe and Mika laughed. Got to the office and emailed MSNBC.

7 RanchTooth  Jun 30, 2011 10:18:16am

From Salon.com:

According to Scarborough, there had been a mishap with the seven-second delay button – a new executive producer apparently didn’t know how it worked. “You are supposed to know how to do the job,” Scarborough said of his producer. “I would tell you what I think of him, but he doesn’t know what button to push.”

Youtube Video

8 FreedomMoon  Jun 30, 2011 10:22:25am

I don’t know much about Mark Halperin to say whether or not this was in or out of character for him but it appears Joe and the other host kind of goaded him on, insisting there was a seven second delay. And at one point said “Go for it” and “we’ll catch your fall.” Seems like they intentionally opened a window for him. Doesn’t exonerate him or justify his comment, but I think Joe was very disceptive and unfair to bait him in like that. In every day vernacular calling someone a dick, even your family and friends in jest is very common and normal. Seems like a tactic that would be employed by Andrew Breitbart and his cronies.

9 funky chicken  Jun 30, 2011 10:52:03am

re: #2 mr.fusion

So the President calls out Congress for taking a 2 wk vacation a month before we hit the debt ceiling…calls out the GOP for favoring cuts to Pell Grants over cuts to a corporate jet tax break…

…and that makes him a dick? It’s amazing how sensitive the right wing is. Not just Halperin. The guy’s a hack who has clearly been harboring hatred of this President for a long time, but he’s not a legislator…but Cantor called the President’s presser yesterday a “lecture.” They’re like a bunch of pre-pubescent girls

I thought the press conference did kinda sound like a lecture…a very effective lecture. I was listening to it while driving my son and his friend home, and the boys asked me about it even. I explained that Obama was 100% right about the issue and how he explained it—really, which is more important, food safety or tax credits for owning a private jet? College scholarships for middle class people or tax cuts for millionaires? Health care for old and/or disabled people or tax cuts for massively profitable oil companies? Very effective presentation on the president’s part, which is why the right is wailing today.

10 Charleston Chew  Jun 30, 2011 10:58:44am

I get Halperin confused with Jake Tapper. Interchangeable dicks.

11 simoom  Jun 30, 2011 12:35:21pm

Mark Halperin: #2 on Salon’s Top 30 Hack List; self-important purveyor of beltway conventional wisdom; Drudge suck-up:
abcnews.go.com

“If Drudge has a siren up, people know it’s something they have to look at,” said Mark Halperin, ABC News Political Director.

A new book, The Way to Win, co-authored by Halperin, compares Drudge to Walter Cronkite.

“Today Matt Drudge can influence the news like Walter Cronkite did,” Halperin told ABC News. “If Drudge says something, it may not lead everybody instantly in the same direction, but it gets people thinking about what Matt Drudge wants them to think about.”

Drudge’s coverage affects the media’s political coverage, Halperin said.

“Matt Drudge is not doing stories on policy, on welfare, on healthcare. He’s doing stories on the most salacious aspects of American politics,” he said. “When that drives the dialogue, that’s where the country heads, that’s where our political coverage heads.”

12 Charleston Chew  Jun 30, 2011 12:54:33pm

re: #11 simoom

Mark Halperin: #2 on Salon’s Top 30 Hack List; self-important purveyor of beltway conventional wisdom; Drudge suck-up:
[Link: abcnews.go.com…]

That hack list as a whole is great. Here’s Halperin’s entry which includes his Representative Quote:

“To see what the future could look like, click here.”

(The link, posted the night before the selection of Joe Biden as Barack Obama’s running mate, led to a photo of Sen. Obama with Sen. Dick Lugar.)

13 moderatelyradicalliberal  Jun 30, 2011 8:10:58pm

I don’t care that Halperin called PBO a dick, but I have a serious problem with a grown ass man allowing himself to be egged on and encouraged to do something that he knew was stupid.


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