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Haley Barbour Fires Aide After Japan Joke

Mississippi Governor and 2012 presidential hopeful Haley Barbour accepted the resignation of his press secretary, Dan Turner, Monday after reporters discovered he included a joke about Japan in his daily press clippings. The joke, which said Otis Redding's “The Dock of the Bay” was not popular in Japan now, was one of several off-color remarks: others made fun of Janet Reno and the Cambodian genocide. Turner can commiserate with Gilbert Gottfried, who was dropped as Aflac’s spokesman after making several Japan jokes on Twitter.