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Mika: 'Morning Joe' Will Cover Halperin Story Despite Friendship

Mika: 'Morning Joe' Will Cover Halperin Story Despite Friendship
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By    |   Friday, 27 October 2017 07:40 AM

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program still considers political journalist Mark Halperin a "friend" as accusations of sexual harassment surround him, but it will continue to cover his story, show co-host Mika Brzezinski promised Friday.

"We're not going to avoid the story just because he is our friend," Brzezinski said. "We will cover it, and we will pray for everybody involved."

The "Game Change" author, an NBC and MSNBC analyst who often appeared on the "Morning Joe" discussion panel, is leaving the networks in his role as a contributor "until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood," MSNBC said in a statement on Thursday.

Five women have accused Halperin of sexually harassing them while he was the political director at ABC in the early 2000s. None reported Halperin requested sex in exchange for career advancement or that he threatened retaliation if they reported his behavior.

Brzezinski said Halperin and his wife, Karen, have been part of the MSNBC show's extended family for years.

"We believe it's important to stand with our friends for even the most difficult of times, but it's even more important to demand the truth," she said. "Even when the facts appear to be extremely painful."

Brzezinski said she's spoken to and heard from some of Halperin's accusers, and she feels their pain and understands the difficult position they were in.

"I have been through enough in this business to know what I hear," she said. "We are at a pivotal moment in history where unacceptable harassing behavior towards women will no longer be swept under the rug."

Nothing has been proven or adjudicated yet, she added, and "we do remain a nation of laws where everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty."

However, there is now a "larger movement of women speaking up about sexual harassment because the fear of being dismissed or not believed is melting away."

Brzezinski said she was speaking for both herself and her co-host and fiancé Joe Scarborough, and that their "hearts break for Mark and his family. He is our friend."

Halperin is featured in Showtime's "The Circus," a show chronicling the 2016 campaign cycle and the early days of the Trump presidency, and has another project in development with HBO.

In a statement to CNN Wednesday, Halperin admitted that he did "pursue relationships" with some of his ABC co-workers, and he apologized, saying he understands now that his behavior was "inappropriate and caused others pain."

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MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program still considers political journalist Mark Halperin a "friend" as accusations of sexual harassment surround him, but it will continue to cover his story, show co-host Mika Brzezinski promised Friday.
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