If you are the dealer, I’m out of the game:
Political journalist Mark Halperin, whose career crumbled in 2017 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, has joined No Labels, a D.C.-based bipartisan policy group, Punchbowl News reports.
Why it matters: Halperin was once one of the most powerful figures in Washington media. His downfall became one of the prominent examples of the #MeToo movement calling out abuse in the media industry in the fight to end sexual harassment.Halperin was removed from his role as an MSNBC analyst after the scandal, and he and his longtime co-writer John Heilemann lost their book deal with Penguin Press, as well as their miniseries deal with HBO.
He will join No Labels as a consultant.
Look, if you’re an organization dedicated to the proposition that you need to get the politics out of politics, your ideal consultant will have no interest in substantive political issues, and ideally will be desperate and lacking any remaining professional dignity. So, this tracks. Maybe they’ll buy some pity copies of his latest “book” to get sales to 4 figures.