What sort of horse’s ass goes on national TV and calls the President of the U.S. a “dick”? Mark Halperin does. Now, for a few weeks, Mr. Halperin will have to take his views somewhere other than MSNBC, which almost immediately suspended him for what he said, and moments later issued an apology to the President.
There’s nothing at all unlawful about calling the President of the U.S. or anybody else a dick. Our Bill of Rights pretty much guarantees that. But it’s tasteless, disrespectful to the office, and while it’s the kind of thing people say in every-day conversation, it’s still wrong to do it in/on the forum Halperin had at the time.
And please, don’t tell me “oh, sure, he gets suspended for calling Obama a dick, but if he’d called George Bush a dick, nothing would have been done.” That would be an infantile false-choice comparison.
Nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Neal Boortz told the folks in Atlanta a couple weeks ago essentially to start shooting thugs and piling up dead bodies to take back the city; this is the sort of thing you hear up and down the AM radio dial these days, from nationally-syndicated programs carried on hundreds of stations, to local talk-show hosts on puny stations that only cover a few hundred square miles.
Not too much is capable of shocking us any more, particularly if the name-calling is connected in any way to what passes for political discourse these days. It seems to be a contest of who can say the most shocking or boorish thing, in what my friend Holland Cooke, the number-one AM radio station consultant in the nation calls “living a consequence-free existence.”
The most discouraging thing to me is that we continue to reward these dweebs with our attention.
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