Bloomberg expects Halperin and Heilemann to depart after election
Michael Bloomberg told members of his company’s Washington bureau Thursday that he doesn’t expect Bloomberg Politics managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann to remain with the news organization after the 2016 election, reports Michael Calderone of The Huffington Post.
Calderone writes, “Bloomberg suggested that the high-profile journalists, co-authors of the best-selling, fly-on-the-wall accounts of the 2008 and 2012 elections, Game Change and Double Down, would likely leave to write another book on the 2016 contest.
“The May 2014 hiring of Halperin and Heilemann, for a reported $1 million each, was part of financial news and data company’s expansion into more consumer-facing digital and TV projects, such as the Bloomberg Politics site and the pair’s daily insidery political show, ‘With All Due Respect.’ Some Washington-based Bloomberg News staffers felt marginalized by the changes and shift of power to New York, where Halperin and Heilemann are based.
“During his conversation Thursday with bureau staffers, Bloomberg also playfully nicknamed the pair ‘Haldeman and Ehrlichman,’ a reference to H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, two Nixon administration officials embroiled in the Watergate scandal.”
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