Even as Morning Joe cohosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski position themselves as champions of women — and excoriate President Donald Trump’s treatment of women — it appears that the duo plus regular contributor Michael Smerconish are working to rehabilitate Mark Halperin even though he’s admitted sexual misconduct in the workplace, according to The Daily Beast.
“Disgraced political pundit and television personality Mark Halperin has been spending the past several months on a quiet yet calculated professional rehabilitation campaign with the active help of MSNBC Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski,” wrote Daily Beast reporters Maxwell Tani and Lloyd Grove “The 54-year-old Halperin—whose lucrative career imploded in October 2017 after several female colleagues, subordinates, and other women went public with allegations that he groped them and made unwanted sexual advances during his tenure at ABC News—has also received positive airtime from CNN and SiriusXM radio host Michael Smerconish.”
This move apparently hasn’t sat well with MSNBC colleagues.
“Throughout Halperin’s rehab tour, Scarborough and Brzezinski especially have been offering moral support and more concrete assistance,” The Daily Beast reporters wrote. “According to multiple sources at MSNBC—which, along with NBC News, dismissed Halperin as an on-air political analyst when the allegations surfaced—the network scrapped a plan for the Morning Joe anchors last fall to collaborate with Halperin on an online-only program analyzing the 2018 midterms. According to these sources, Scarborough and Brzezinski didn’t seek prior approval to involve their friend and former regular panelist in the show, and colleagues reacted with surprise and concern when they got wind of the scheme.”