Time Magazine editor-at-large Mark Halperin has been under fire for calling President Obama a “D**k” on MSNBC’s Morning Joe last week.
Writer Michelle Goldberg says Halperin’s actions were in part due to him “being so cowed by conservatives that he’s offended by Obama’s mild poke at the GOP.”
His response embodies all that’s rotten and shallow about D.C.’s pundit class, which fetishizes bipartisanship even as it only demands it of one political party. This is not to say that Halperin, a Time magazine columnist and MSNBC contributor, should be fired; he shouldn’t, at least not over this. The word “d**k” didn’t just slip out of his mouth accidentally—indeed, he waited a beat or two, eyes sparkling with a self-satisfied sense of his own naughtiness, before he said it.