Yes, this really happened on MSNBC.

I’ve always preferred Chicago Jesus.

Via Mediaite:

On Friday, MSNBC’s The Cycle investigated the outrage directed at cohost Steve Kornacki, as well as other journalists, for referring to President Barack Obama simply as “Obama” after the first reference. Seriously and without irony, this happened. And the hosts of The Cycleperformed this auspicious duty without screaming obscenities or throwing objects into the cameras. It is a feat that I doubt I could replicate.

Kornacki says he was inundated by angry emails and tweets from the president’s supporters after he referred to Obama on the second reference as simply “Obama.”

Rather than dismiss this nonsensical and embarrassing zealotry off hand, he engaged his detractors in a reasoned way. He explained writing style, and how reporters and opinion writers – including those at the New York Times – will most often only use formal titles in the first reference to an individual. Thereafter, the person is most often simply referred to only by their last name. [...]

We’re touching on something really deep here,” Touré opined. “[People] feel very defensive as well, because of the very racist – very nakedly racist — attacks on him that we see constantly.” He noted that the word policing was “silly,” but a sense of defensiveness about the “hatred” Obama faces is legitimate and justified.