The infamous political scout and author Mark Halperin recently signed an agreement to publish a book on the Trump-era political strategy, his first major project since his career derailed in October 2017 amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment.
As first reported by Politico Playbook, author Change game author signs deal with Regan Arts to publish How to beat Trump: America's top political strategists for what will take away . The book, due out in November, will focus on interviews with dozens of Democratic political strategists, including Donna Brasil, David Axelrod, Amanda Renteria, James Carville, Jennifer Granholm and Kathleen Sebelius.
Judith Regan, the head of Regan Arts, plans to issue the following statement after the announcement of the forthcoming edition of the book, according to Politico: "I do not in any way shape or cause any harm to one human being. I have also lived long enough to believe in the power of forgiveness, second chances, and to offer the human being a path to redemption. HOW TO HELP Trump is an important, thoughtful book and I hope everyone has a chance to read it. "
The news came as a shock to the accusers, including one who described the development as a" slap in the face of everyone. "
By phone, Elianora McManus, co-founder of Trident DMG, which came out with its own story for Halperin in 201
"He reassured his position as a prominent journalist to prey on women. He still does not have to take responsibility for his actions by apologizing to his victims or demonstrating real grief, "McManus said in a statement to The Daily Beast. "Giving him a book again puts him in an authoritative position, and it is a slap in the face of all the women he has fallen victim to."
As for the more than 75 Democratic strategists Halperin spoke to to write a book ( many of whom did not respond to The Daily Beast's request for comment), their contributions to its revival were duly noted by those in the media industry.
Brazil, a veteran Democratic strategist and contributor to Fox News, told The Daily Beast that her decision to talk to Halperin "disappointed" friends but felt that her voice on the subject of the book was needed.
"Much has been said or written about Mark Halperin's failures. We condemned him, disgraced him and banished him. We are still angry with him and will never stop exhorting him," Brasil said in a statement to The Daily Beast. "After many e-mails, difficult times for sure, I wanted to continue to record my answers on how to beat Trump. Many of my friends today are disappointed that I answered Mark's call, but did so after he knew where he came from. I'm coming. "
Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, He addressed the reflex in a tweet on Sunday night, writing that he did not think enough about how "his involvement would be used or interpreted." Echoing Brazil's sentiment, he added: "In answering Halperin's questions, I in no way wanted to
One America News Network correspondent, Emily Miller, one of the many women journalists, accused Halperin of sexual harassment, thanking Axelrod for apologizing, but apologizing. to others dead of learning the book this late in the game. "Thanks for saying you're sorry," Miller wrote. "I wish someone had told us – the victims – that this was happening so that we could at least prepare ourselves emotionally." She then tagged the Press Forward Foundation, a nonprofit created to create safer jobs in the media from many of Halperin's accusers.
"Should Mark Halperin, along with others whose pernicious behavior was exposed by the hard work of journalists, be put back into the arena without demonstrating the standards we expect of our children?" statement "There can be no talk of redemption without even the likeness of redemption. "
Renteria, former national political director for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, similarly told The Daily Beast that her participation in Halperin's book should not indicate his forgiveness. "As my data shows, I have no sympathy for people with a history of sexual harassment in the workplace and I am not interested in rehabilitating someone's career," Renteria said. "At the same time, women and people of color are worse off when our voices and experience are left out of campaign history like this."
Another former Clinton senior counselor who talks to Halperin, Adrien Elrod, told the Daily Beast that her "sole professional focus is to defeat Donald Trump in 2020" and said she spoke with "a number of people" on the importance of the 2016 election for winning the White House. But he added, "if I had to do it again, I'd be more careful and respectful of the women involved."
Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama administration and political strategist, also told The Daily Beast that his involvement was not intended to help Halperin personally. "I treated it as a normal reporter call, but I had to review the charges against him before I called," LaBolt said. "He didn't want to justify his previous behavior or be part of a PR campaign."
Halperin's book is far from the first time Regan has been courting the dispute. Back in 2006, she shamelessly agreed to publish O.J. Simpson tells of the murders of his ex-wife and her friend, If I Did It . After violent outrage, both the book and Fox's special TV agent were canceled and she was eventually fired by News Corporation. (Regan will later receive a reported $ 10 million agreement after suing News Corp. for defamation.)
Regan and Regan Arts did not immediately respond to a call and email for comment.
After a wave of allegations that Halperin had had the touch of several female colleagues and made unwanted sexual advances towards them, he found himself dropped from the many projects he was working on at the time. He was fired from Showtime's circus a planned book with longtime partner John Heileman, was downloaded and HBO canceled an upcoming series based on that canceled book.
In the last few months, however, Halperin has again tried to jump-start his once lucrative career – all with the help of friends in the media. As he launches a new political bulletin, Halperin has several appearances in Michael Smerkonish's SiriusXM radio show.
On top of that, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski offer moral support to Halperin behind the scenes and even try to collaborate with Halperin. of an online program that focuses on the 2018 interim deadlines before being scrapped by the network.
Prior to his accusations and his dismissal from NBC News as a political analyst, Halperin was anchored by MSNBC Morning Joe . The alleged sexual abuse occurred during his time on ABC News.