Everyone Could Have a Mark Halperin Moment

The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza’s curious take on the Mark Halperin affair:

The truth of the Halperin matter is that all reporters (or others) who go on television frequently are forever in a ‘there but for the grace of God go I’ situation…. We know of what we speak, having found ourselves tongue-tied or worse on any number of occasions while staring into a camera. And in an ill-fated 2009 video venture known as ‘Mouthpiece Theater,’ The Fix had to live down an inappropriate reference to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

For those who might be unaware, he’s referring to the skit where he and Post colleague Dana Milbank likened Hillary Clinton to a “mad bitch.” This was a scripted satirical video; the “bitch” reference came in the form of an image, which would suggest they’d thought about it well in advance. There’s something utterly predictable– and pathetic– about reporters who react to these scandals by suggesting that if you talk into a microphone often enough you’re bound to say something stupid.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.