“I’m sorry. In a live radio interview this week, I used a word I shouldn’t have. The fact that I was conveying other people’s words is no excuse for my lapse in judgment. It won’t happen again.” —Mark Halperin, Feb. 13, 2008
What was Halperin apologizing for then? Comments he made on the radio to Barbara Walters while discussing whether John Edwards would endorse Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama:
“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 pussy … He has real questions about Obama’s toughness, his readiness for the office.”
For the record, Edwards ultimately endorsed Obama. The combo of tough guy profanity and dubious analysis is pure Halperin.
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