Kurtz Ignores MSNBC's F-bomb in 'Reliable Sources' Segment About Halperin's D-word

CNN's Howard Kurtz began Sunday's "Reliable Sources" talking about Mark Halperin's infamous D-word said of Barack Obama on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday.

Rather hypocritically, there was absolutely no mention of the following F-bomb dropped during prime time on MSNBC's "The Last Word" just three days prior (video follows with partial transcript and commentary, vulgarity warning):

ACTOR PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN: Not fair! It's not fair! All my life, I've been afraid of becoming like him, all my life. All my life with you and it`s not fair.

You can't just say he is sorry and make it all go away. It's too late. It's not that easy. It's not fair. It's not fucking fair.

This was a video montage put together by Lawrence O'Donnell's staff. Everybody knew that word was there, but MSNBC left it in.

Yet when Mark Halperin said President Obama acted like a "dick" three days later, the network behaved like he had mentioned the most horrible thing ever uttered on this television station.

How could Kurtz - who claims to be a "media analyst" - have missed this?

Just as curious, Kurtz noted how he had to apologize for a guest saying "dick" during a discussion about WeinerGate a few weeks ago.

But he neglected to tell his viewers that MSNBC had intentionally aired a far worse vulgarity three days before Halperin's.

Such a revelation would have made MSNBC's reaction to the D-word rather hypocritical as it certainly couldn't have been due to such a minor vulgarity by comparison to what was aired Monday evening during prime time.

It would have instead made it quite clear that Halperin's offense wasn't the word he used but who it was addressed to.

Why Kurtz opted not to delve into this Sunday seems equally hypocritical.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.