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Donny Deutsch Makes Us Wonder If It’s Okay To Say ‘Jerk-Off’ On Morning Television

After being off the air for 6 weeks, Donny Deutsch returned to MSNBC this week, both as guest host of Morning Joe and as panel guest. Yesterday he reminded viewers of his catch-as-catch-can style while discussing the imperfect game imbroglio. Deutsch lauded the behavior of the young pitcher denied a perfect came by a blown call and used some interesting language not normally heard on morning news programming. As Willie Geist said, Donny is back!

The young pitcher, Armando Galarraga was being celebrated for his remarkably mature response to the blown call, which was exmplified by hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. Enter Donny who put it in a larger, more interesting context:

In the broadcasting business, you know great people and you know jerks. No different in sports or advertising or politics. there are some delightful athletes. And there are some jerkoffs. Any occupation.

Everyone knows that “jerks” is okay to say on television, but one wonders if the literal meaning of “jerkoff” has become secondary to its more colloquial use?

And if we had to guess who he was referring to as the jerk in the broadcasting business we have a good idea as to who may be on that list.

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