The somnambulant press corps has been aroused from its summer torpor by the kind of controversy that sends DC into a tizzy: Mark Halperin called President Obama a “dick” on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today.
MSNBC has apologized and suspended Halperin. Halperin has apologized and agreed that he should be suspended.
It’s given one half of DC the chance to acknowledge that Halperin himself is a dick. The other half is wringing its hands over the level of our “discourse.”
Rest assured that within a week we can all go back to being dicks again.
David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.