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 kind of a dick yesterday,” Halperin, who also is an editor at large for Time, said on “Morning Joe,” referring to the president’s conduct during his press conference.
Whatever happened to the truth being its own defense?* Did you see the press conference Halperin was referring to? Especially when Obama got on the subject of the ongoing war on Libya:
We have engaged in a limited operation to help a lot of people against one of the worst tyrants in the world — somebody who nobody should want to defend — and we should be sending a unified message to this guy that he should step down and give his people a fair chance to live their lives without fear. And this suddenly becomes the cause célèbre for some folks in Congress? Come on.
Shaming your political opponents as defending tyrants? The concern over misused funds, loss of civilian life and illegal embroilment in another country’s rebellion is a “cause célèbre”? And his response is a dismissive “Come on”? That’s a dick move.
Or, if not that, how about the DoJ backpedaling on the 2009 memo calling off the war on (legal) marijuana dispensaries? A memo released earlier this week affirms that no, the local laws don’t matter:
The June 29 memo, from Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole to U.S. attorneys, says a 2009 memo issued by Deputy Attorney General David Ogden — referred to as the “Ogden Memo” — remains in effect.
The Ogden letter advised prosecutors that enforcement efforts against people using marijuana to treat cancer or other serious illnesses in accordance with state laws may not be “an efficient use of federal resources,” according to Cole’s memo. The Ogden memo was “never intended to shield” larger scale cultivation, Cole wrote.
“Within the past 12 months, several jurisdictions have considered or enacted legislation to authorize multiple large- scale, privately operated industrial marijuana cultivation centers,” according to the June 29 memo. “Some of these planned facilities have revenue projections of millions of dollars based on the planned cultivation of tens of thousands of cannabis plants.”
The Ogden memo was largely irrelevant, as the DEA never stopped raiding legal, unarmed, medicinal marijuana dispensaries. Still: another dick move.
Anyhow, Halperin has been indefinitely suspended (read: canned). I’d comment on the air of faux civility that surrounds cable journalism – where you can give airtime to the most ludicrous theories about the President’s birth, call him a socialist, describe harmless gestures as “terrorist fist bump”s – but they can’t even keep up the faux anymore. It’s okay to be wrong about the President, just not rude to him.
* That was never the case, Professor; nothing has happened to it.