Under the headline "Not a Parody," Jonah Goldberg highlighted a piece on Mark Halperin's crotch reference on Morning Joe. The writer is Michelle Goldberg (no relation), a "senior contributing writer for The Daily Beast/Newsweek." She insisted the D-word was bad, but "His far greater sin: being so cowed by conservatives that he’s offended by Obama’s mild poke at the GOP." He touted the introduction:
Here's why Mark Halperin is a disgrace. It's not because he used a mild obscenity to describe our president on Morning Joe, disrespectful as that was. Rather, it was the circumstances of the slur. Right now, the Republican Party is threatening to blow up the world economy unless Democrats agree to savage cuts in spending while refusing any of the revenue increases that all serious economists say are necessary to actually address the national debt. Obama, whose greatest fault in office has been a misplaced faith in the GOP's capacity for reasonableness, went on television and chided the party for this stance. Apparently, this struck Halperin as unreasonable. His response embodies all that's rotten and shallow about D.C.'s pundit class, which fetishizes bipartisanship even as it only demands it of one political party.