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Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 4:02PM EST
Fire and Fury Trump White House exposé is set to become a TV series
Author Michael Wolff will serve as an executive producer on the potential TV series after his book’s film and TV rights were sold for seven figures. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has been a worldwide bestseller, thanks in part to what The Hollywood Reporter describes as Wolff’s “cinematic writing and fly-on-the-wall detail." The Fire and Fury series could fill the void left by HBO’s Game Change sequel on the 2016 election that was scrapped in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations against Mark Halperin.
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 1:26PM EST
Showtime is bringing back The Circus, with Alex Wagner replacing Mark Halperin
Wagner, a CBS News anchor and former MSNBC host, will join Halperin’s former partner John Heilemann on Season 3 of the political reality show, which will cover the midterm elections. Halperin was dropped from The Circus over his sexual harassment scandal.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski apologizes after criticizing Mark Halperin’s accusers for not meeting with him face-to-face
“Mark Halperin is more than willing to meet with his accusers and apologize with them face-to-face,” she said on Friday’s show. “I’ve actually tried to offer him to them. They don’t want to talk to him.” In response, 10 of Halperin’s accusers released a statement saying, “we would ask for Ms. Brzezinski for higher standards of editorial judgment, compassion and human decency,” adding that “it is an unethical and harmful request to ask that sexual assault victims confront their accusers in person and, in particular, on live tv.” Brzezinski later apologized, saying: “I realize that it is not my place. It isn’t my call to make, and for that I am truly sorry."
Posted Sunday 12/17/17 at 12:55PM EST
NBC confirms it paid a former employee who accused Chris Matthews of sexual harassment in 1999
Matthews was reprimanded for his inappropriate jokes and comments at a female assistant producer, NBC confirmed after the conservative website The Daily Caller reported the story. The Daily Caller said NBC paid $40,000 as part of a separation-related settlement — a figure that an MSNBC spokesman disputed. As Michael Calderone notes, Matthews is the sixth person with ties to NBC News connected to inappropriate behavior, joining Matt Lauer, Lauer’s former Today booker Matt Zimmerman, Mark Halperin and contributors Harold Ford Jr. and Glenn Thrush.
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 4:46AM EST
Samantha Bee points to “sh*tty media men” for unfair coverage of Hillary Clinton
“Can men who hate women be objective journalists?” Bee asked rhetorically, while showing pictures of Mark Halperin, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and The New York Times’ Glenn Thrush, all of whom helped shaped coverage of Clinton as a candidate.
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 7:07PM EST
Charlie Rose and Mark Halperin’s accusers form an advocacy group
The coalition of women are calling themselves “Press Forward.” "It's time to move the needle forward and create a safe work environment for all women in the workplace, beginning with the newsroom," said group spokesperson Eleanor McManus. "This is about women finding their voices, and companies understanding the shameful power imbalance that has been in place way too long."
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 5:37AM EST
NBC seems plagued with problems, especially when it comes to sexual harassment
Matt Lauer, Donald Trump and Mark Halperin all share two things in common: NBC as a former employer and accusations of sexual harassment. Then there is NBC News’ questionable decision to spike Ronan Farrow’s bombshell Harvey Weinstein story. “Here,” says Ben Mathis-Lilly, “we have a network and its news operation that could have changed the course of two of the biggest stories of the past two years: Trump and sexual assault. Instead it suppressed news in a way that helped bad actors keep or obtain power. And I haven’t even mentioned that its most famous anchor never came fully clean about having made up a war story. What is NBC doing?”
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Networks became too reliant on larger-than-life TV news stars, as shown in the firings of Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose
“As leading national news hosts able to reach millions of people, Mr. Lauer and Mr. Rose are in a different sphere,” says Jim Rutenberg. “The notion of anchor as authority — a stubbornly male prototype that goes back to the pre-feminist days of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite — was flawed to begin with. And yet, news organizations continue to depend on stars to what often seems like an unhealthy degree. In this, they are not so different from Hollywood producers whose main concern is having a big opening weekend. The stature of the men behind the desk was such that they ended up holding a high level of power within their organizations to go with their lavish pay. And, per the accusations against them, they used it on underlings who, as one of Mr. Lauer’s accusers put it to The Times, did not feel as if they were able to say no or repeat mistreatment to higher-ups.
- Lauer’s firing gives NBC a chance to “test a longstanding myth” that expensive talent is essential to a show's success
- Lauer was able to get away with bad behavior because Today made its own rules, operating independently within NBC News
- “Ailes. O'Reilly. Halperin. Rose. Lauer. These were among the most influential, best paid figures in TV news.”
- Lauer made at least $100 million before NBC fired him
Posted Thursday 11/02/17 at 4:29AM EDT
Why are sexual misconduct apologies so terrible?
Kevin Spacey’s apology on Sunday was particularly appalling, stirring controversy by using his apology to come out as gay. Mark Halperin also missed the mark with his two apologies. “It’s less what is being said and more how it’s being said,” says Andrew Wallenstein. “In an age when a disgraced individual could either upload a video to YouTube or sit for a TV interview in little time, there is something automatically off-putting about a written statement. Cynical as it sounds, it’s relatively easy to put words on paper if you can hire someone else to write those words. The subtext of a written message is, I don’t have the ability to convey sincerity directly.”
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 3:54AM EDT
Mark Halperin’s Game Change partner was “flabbergasted and shocked” by the sexual assault allegations
Jim Heilemann, who co-wrote the original Game Change book with Halperin and who has appeared with him on Showtime’s The Circus, MSNBC and Bloomberg News, said he got an abrupt call from a shaken Halperin last week just before CNN broke the sexual assault allegations story. Halperin apologized in the brief conversation. “I had never heard of, been exposed to or had any inkling of the notion that he had engaged in any behavior that could be described in even the broadest sense of being sexual harassment or sexual assault,” says Heilemann, whose nine-year partnership with Halperin was very lucrative for both men. Now, the partnership is over and the roughly 300 interviews they conducted for their new Game Change book and HBO miniseries are in limbo.
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 8:01AM EDT
If Showtime brings back The Circus, Mark Halperin won't be involved
“Should The Circus move forward with another season, Mark Halperin will not be a part of it,” a Showtime spokesperson says of Halperin’s role on the political docuseries in wake of his sexual harassment controversy. UPDATE: NBC News has terminated Halperin's contract.
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 10:04PM EDT
Mark Halperin apologizes again, insists he stopped being “aggressive and crude” to women after leaving ABC News
“I fully acknowledge and apologize for conduct that was often aggressive and crude,” the MSNBC political analyst said in a lengthy statement posted this afternoon to Twitter, adding that “I bear responsibility for the outrageous conduct at ABC News.” Halperin said he received counseling after leaving ABC News more than a decade ago, and as a result was a changed person. “Those who have worked with me in the past decade know that my conduct in subsequent jobs at TIME, Bloomberg, NBC News, and Showtime has not been what it was at ABC,” he wrote. ALSO: New accuser alleges she was harassed by Halperin years after he left ABC News.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 10:17PM EDT
Mark Halperin’s Game Change, “the most lucrative franchise in political journalism, appears doomed”
Hours after HBO dropping plans for Halperin's Game Change miniseries on the 2016 election, Penguin Press has dropped plans for his book that the miniseries would be based on. As Michael Calderone notes, Halperin made millions off of Game Change -- making it "the most lucrative franchise in political journalism" -- starting with his and John Heilemann's book on the 2008 presidential election, which became an acclaimed movie starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. ALSO: A former ABC News staffer alleges Halperin asked her to sit on his lap while he had an erection.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 5:14PM EDT
HBO drops planned Game Change miniseries on the 2016 election because of its connection to Mark Halperin
Halperin, who co-wrote the original Game Change book on the 2008 election (which was turned into a 2012 HBO movie), was working with HBO on a miniseries based on last year's Trump-dominated election cycle. But not anymore, following the sexual harassment allegations against Halperin that surfaced last night. “HBO is no longer proceeding with the project tied to the untitled book co-authored by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on the 2016 Presidential election,” HBO said in a statement. “HBO has no tolerance for sexual harassment within the company or its productions.”
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 2:13PM EDT
Showtime evaluating the future of The Circus in response to Mark Halperin’s sexual harassment allegations
"During Mark’s time working with us, we have not seen nor have there been allegations of any untoward behavior," the network said in a statement following the allegations leveled against Halperin while he worked at ABC News. "We are aware of these reports and will continue to evaluate all options should we decide to move forward with another season of The Circus. There is no tolerance for sexual harassment within Showtime and its productions."