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MSNBC's Mark Halperin suspended over Obama vulgarity

President Barack Obama during a news conference in

President Barack Obama during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. (June 29, 2011) Credit: AP

Mark Halperin -- the respected political analyst/blogger who got a little too loose with his adjectival nouns on MSNBC"Morning Joe" this morning -- has been suspended "indefinitely."

If you are counting, that makes three suspensions at MSNBC in recent months, although I may be missing one or two. I think even Joe Scarborough was on ice for a few days, so make that four.

"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. Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.

Statement from Mark Halperin: "I completely agree with everything in MSNBC’s statement about my remark. I believe that the step they are taking in response is totally appropriate. Again, I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the president, to my MSNBC colleagues, and to the viewers. My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it."

What did Halperin say? He referred to the president as a part of the male anatomy -- how's that for euphemism! It all seemed somewhat lighthearted and jokey. So much for the joke.

  By the way, here's an interesting take on the suspension by the Washington Post's Greg Sergent, who argues...well, read for yourself. You may agree or disagree, but he makes some compelling points.  

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