Disgraced journalist Mark Halperin has resurfaced for his first media interview since multiple allegations of sexual misconduct sent him into hiding in 2017.
Lucky for us, he has some thoughts about the accusations of unwanted touching leveled against former Vice President Joe Biden.
"I pretty much agree with Nancy Pelosi," Halperin said in response to a question from host Michael Smerconish.
Pelosi has defended Biden's behavior, claiming the former vice president's actions should not be considered "disqualifying" as to whether he runs for president in 2020.
Halperin added, "I think this is a bit of a distraction, as serious as the charges are and as important as this debate is, I think Joe Biden is — despite his standing in the polls — is an extremely overrated candidate."
Halperin then used the Biden question to pivot to talking about his own issues, all with an eye towards rehabilitating his public image.
Haplerin claimed he has been working with convicted criminals in his spare time. He also said he has had "literally hundreds" of talks with women in an ongoing effort to better understand why sexual misconduct is "such a deeply troubling thing." Halperin also said he hopes he "can be allowed to be reintegrated into society a little bit more," and that the press "would be willing to let me be part of our conversation again in some capacity."
Mark Halperin says he's hopeful he "can be allowed to be reintegrated into society a little bit more" https://t.co/s8Vr97LxLv— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) April 4, 2019
For the record, at least a dozen women alleged in 2017 that Halperin had degraded and forced himself on them when they worked with him in various newsrooms.
One accuser claims Halperin masturbated in front of her when they were colleagues at ABC News in the late 1990s. A second woman alleges she met with him during that same time period to discuss career opportunities. At the end of their meeting, she said, "He put both hands on my arms and threw me against the window of the restaurant hard. So my head banged against the window hard, in a way I thought people inside were going to think something terrible had happened to me.”
She added, “This was rough, and hard, and violent. And not in a seductive way – in a way that telegraphs some anger and meanness."
"And he lunged at me," the woman said, "with his body pressed against mine against the window and came at me with his open mouth."
Several other accusers claim Halperin repeatedly made inappropriate advances and that he would become visibly aroused in their presence.
The allegations were enough to cost Halperin his cushy gig reporting entirely meaningless political “insider” gossip. The world hasn’t missed his trivial brand of “access journalism.”