Time Political Reporter Apologizes for Remark
Halperin under fire over Sirius radio show appearance.
Mark Halperin, Time magazine’s star election reporter and senior political analyst, issued an apology today on the magazine’s political blog for a comment he made on a radio show this week while discussing the 2007 presidential election.
Halperin appeared on Barbara Walters’ Sirius satellite radio show on Monday. According to the transcript released by Sirius, Halperin, while discussing John Edwards’ potential endorsement of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, said: “I can tell you, he’s really skeptical of her ability to be the kind of president he wants. But, he kinda thinks Obama is … he thinks Obama is kind of a p*ssy … He has real questions about Obama’s toughness, his readiness for the office.”
“In a live radio interview this week, I used a word I shouldn’t have,” Halperin wrote in a post on Time.com. “The fact that I was conveying other people’s words is no excuse for my lapse in judgment. It won’t happen again.”
The flap comes on the heels of the suspension of another reporter covering the election over a similar offense. Last week MSNBC suspended David Shuster for a comment he made on-air in reference to Chelsea Clinton’s involvement in the Clinton campaign [watch the clip here]. While guest hosting Tucker Carlson’s program, Shuster asked: "Doesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager communications director Howard Wolfson threatened to pull his candidate out of MSNBC’s debates.