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Mika Sure Doesn’t Want To Believe Female Accusers Of ‘Our Friend’ Halperin

Mika Brzezinski, Screen Shot MSNBC 3-18-2-16

MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski may be easily disgusted by President Trump envisioning blood coming out of her chin or Trump telling then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that he can do anything he wants with women — lik “grab ’em by the p–y” — because he’s just so rich and powerful.

But the show’s “friend” Mark Halperin?

Hmmm. He’s a different animal.

Mika softened her voice and sympathetically called him “someone you see around this table very day” and referred to him as “our friend.” She announced that CNN broke the story but didn’t say that five women had claimed that he sexually harassed them and that one of those women had accused him of sexual assault. She said “unnamed sources” claimed “unwanted advances.” She said “we will be following this story.”

Her tone and wording was especially jarring considering that Mika champions herself a major defender of women’s rights in the workplace with her “Know Your Value” campaign.

Halperin has resigned from NBC amid allegations that he harassed a number of women while working at ABC more than a decade ago. Some of it was kind of normal asking women “upstairs” sort of thing. Other alleged details were a little more bizarre — grabbing breasts, brushing up against female coworkers with erections. In other words, not Pervy Harvey Weinstein level of ejaculate in a potted plant seediness, but not exactly the stuff of harmless water-cooler conversations.

Halperin, who has a son with his longtime girlfriend Karen Avrich, has apologized and declared that he’s taking a step back from his day-to-day work. He posted a video of the infant, James Paul “Buster” Halperin, on Instagram back in January, 2017.

Mika assured viewers she’s “sure” they’ll be talking about it again.

(Wink! Wink!)

Betsy Rothstein
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Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Betsy has been covering and torturing Washington media for the past three years. Early on she studied journalism in England, interviewing punk rockers in Piccadilly Square who stole her notebook and ripped it up. After graduating from Union College with a B.A. in Spanish, she began her journalism career in Cambridge, Mass., working for a Cuban newspaper where she conducted man-on-the-street interviews. She asked Latinos about their love lives. “Do Latinos make better lovers or what?” She soon moved out west to Denver, where she worked for two rival Hispanic weeklies for one year each. Next stop: J-school at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a master’s degree. In the years following grad school she worked at the Boca Raton News as a business reporter followed by a brief stint as a press secretary for former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.). She spent the next decade on Capitol Hill covering hard news, features and gossip for The Hill Newspaper. In 2009 she quit and moved to Portland, Ore. and wrote about the many long-haired men there who distinctly resemble Jesus. They weren’t all kind (one was fat and confrontational) but she got her story. Prior to joining TheDC, Betsy was the editor of FishbowlDC, a Washington media gossip blog.

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