Here we go again.On Thursday, Mark Halperin called President Obama a “dick” live on “Morning Joe.” And MSNBC has suspended him.
Yet another scandal where the people delivering the headlines become the news themselves.
Inspired, we decided to take a look back at some of the biggest media scandals to hit headlines.
From Rush Limbaugh to Rick Sanchez, these are the names who went from behind the desk to in the headlines.
In October 2003, the National Enquirer - with the help of his former maid Wilma Cline - uncovered Rush Limbaugh's prescription drug addiction and the resulting investigation.
'I really don't know the full scope of what I'm dealing with,' Limbaugh told his radio listeners.
Limbaugh later turned himself in to authorities after a warrant was filed, charging him with 'fraud to conceal information to obtain prescriptions.' A deal was eventually reached with prosecutors and the charge was dropped.
When former The Insider co-host Pat O'Brien issued a statement regarding his entry into rehab for alcoholism in March 2005, sexually graphic voicemail messages began circulating, complete with implications of drug use.
Despite the flurry of attention and controversy the messages attracted, it wasn't until September 2008 that O'Brien was fired for an email insulting host Lara Spencer that upset the show's bosses.
ESPN analyst Steve Phillips engaged in a brief affair with a 22-year-old production assistant Brooke Hundley that ultimately cost him his job (and, not to mention, his marriage).
According to a statement to police, Phillips said, 'I have extreme concerns about the health and safety of my kids and myself...' and that Hundley was 'obsessive and delusional' after the affair was over.
Following a suspension, Phillips was eventually fired by ESPN.
Lynn Hirschberg pissed off M.I.A. with an NYT profile -- and got tweet-assaulted by the angry rapper.
In May 2010 The New York Times' Lynn Hirschberg profiled 'Paper Planes' rapper-songstress M.I.A. for The Times Magazine.
Hirschberg juxtaposed M.I.A.'s controversial political views and statements with her 'luxe lifestyle,' labelling her apparent goal to 'be supersuccessful yet remain controversial; for style to merge with substance' as 'nearly impossible to achieve.' One of the most quoted moments: Hirschberg notes that M.I.A. eats truffle french fires during the sit-down.
M.I.A.'s response? She tweeted Hirschberg's personal phone number, resulting in a deluge of calls from the artist's fans. Hirschberg said the move was 'unethical,' 'infuriating' and 'not surprising,' but refused to change her number.
During an interview on radio show Stand Up with Pete Dominick, former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez took on Daily Show host Jon Stewart, calling him a 'bigot' and describing CNN an other media outlets as 'run' by Jewish people.
CNN fired Sanchez shortly after.
Last November, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann was suspended indefinitely without pay, following reports that he had made campaign contributions to three Democratic candidates, including Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The following January, it was announced that Olbermann and MSNBC were officially parting ways.
In July 2009, British authorities launched an investigation resulting from allegations that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, based in the U.K., had paid over $1.5 million in an attempt to cover up the fact that staffers were (illegally!) hacking into cell phones for story scoop. Murdoch denied the reports.
This past April, Murdoch admitted that the approved phone hacking allegations had been true, following a suspension of Assistant Editor Ian Edmondson for approving hacking into actress Sienna Miller's voicemail.
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