The new book by Mark Halperin, the disgraced journalist and co-author of the bestselling Game Change, is a certifiable flop.
Halperin’s How to Beat Trump, published last week by Regan Arts, sold 502 copies in its first week of release, the Washington Post reports. That’s a stunningly low figure for a book by an author who once dominated the bestseller charts with his books about politics.
Halperin was once a star of political journalism, but his career was derailed in 2017 after CNN reported that five women claimed to have been sexually harassed by the reporter. Several other women would also come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Halperin.
The reporter was fired from NBC, MSNBC, and Showtime in the wake of the allegations.
Judith Regan, publisher of How to Beat Trump, told the New York Post’s Page Six that Halperin has “tried to become a better person.”
“He had a right to write it, and I have a right to publish it,” Regan said, adding, “He really has changed.”
Regan also blamed “cancel culture” for Halperin’s fall from grace.
“In this guilty-until-proven-innocent, cancel culture where everyone is condemned to death or to a lifetime of unemployment based on an accusation that’s 12 years old is criminal,” she said.
Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.