"The President was kind of a dick yesterday"

Mark Halperin, a political analyst for Time magazine, is in trouble after calling the president "a d

Time is one of the most respected names in journalism. It's the go-to guide for the world's elite and its writers and columnists enjoy access to the highest echleons of US politics. Some of its writers, however, also have a potty mouth. In the video below, Mark Halperin, a political analyst for Time gives a, err, frank appraisal of President Barack Obama, calling the 44th President of the USA "a dick".

 

Halperin has been suspended from his position as an NBC contributor. Salon did not cry over his suspension. One of their bloggers remarked: "Mark Halperin is a horrible political analyst who is wrong about everything." No big loss for NBC, then.

It's not the most offensive description of Obama that you will hear as the election draws nearer, but it is a lesson for producers everywhere. When doing live television, always keep that bleep button to hand...

 

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"Do not let us down": Scottish MEP receives standing ovation after begging European Parliament

While Alyn Smith won applause, the Scottish Government moved behind the scenes. 

The Scottish National Party MEP Alyn Smith was not exactly a household name before the EU referendum. 

But his impassioned speech to his fellow MEPs begging them to help Scotland stay in the EU has caught the imagination of many Remain voters.

In a session where UKIP's Nigel Farage told MEPs "virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives, Smith struck a very different tone.

Waving a sheet of paper showing Scottish voters had voted to Remain, he said: "I want my country to be internationalist, co-operative, ecological, fair, European. And the people of Scotland, along with the people of Northern Ireland, and the people of London, and lots of people in Wales and England also, voted to Remain within our family of nations."

He urged MEPs to negotiate with cool heads and warm hearts.

And then, raising his voice, he told MEPs: "Please, remember this. Scotland did not let you down. Please, I beg you, cher colleagues, do not let Scotland down now."

MEPs rose to applaud the heartfelt speech. And meanwhile, hundreds of miles away in Holyrood, the Scottish Government had hit the phones.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced she would be meeting European Parliament President Martin Schultz on Wednesday.

Although the SNP's promise of an independent European Scotland was shot down during the Scottish referendum, it seems this time round MEPs are more sympathetic.

Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgium PM, who leads the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe parliamentary group has already tweeted: "It's wrong that Scotland might be taken out of [the] EU."