Mark Halperin’s Kinsleyesque Gaffe Lands Him An Indefinite Suspension – Big Journalism
July 3, 2011 Leave a comment
To borrow a favorite phrase from the President, let me be clear: All Halperin did was use the “D” word. And in the context of what he was talking about, the “D” word basically means “jerk.” It isn’t nearly as offensive as, say, Rachel Maddow’s ironic love affair with the word “teabagging” a couple of years ago. I mean, MSNBC clearly suspended Halperin because of the sexual connotation of the “D” word and not because he simply called the President a jerk, right? Because if it wasn’t about the sexual nature of the term, MSNBC just set a new standard for what is suspension-worthy. And if it was about the sexual nature of the term, Maddow and others at the network have dodged some bullets in the past – except for Ed Schultz, obviously, but he was really suspended for being a … well, dick.
It’s all a little confusing but that’s what happens when you have no moral grounding. You create dilemmas and double-standards and all sorts of logical potholes for yourself. Progressives hoist themselves by their own petards constantly because of it. It’s not even hypocrisy, per se. It’s just a lack of boundaries. Like unsupervised children, they will wind up getting in trouble. That said, there is one hardfast rule among those who choose to live within the confines of the Left’s media echo-chamber: Don’t mess with Obama. If you don’t couch your criticism with glowing praise about his intellect or personality, the reaction will be swift. There isn’t any days-long deliberation about what to do when you step out of line and give your honest opinion. It’s a couple of hours max and you’re sitting on the bench indefinitely.