“Taking ownership” gives NYT reporter a pass slurring Melania Trump

The headline alone was a shocker: “New York Times Reporter Apologizes for Calling Melania Trump a ‘Hooker.”

Jacob Bernstein, son of Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein and the late author Nora Ephron, identified himself on Tuesday as the loose-lipped puerile jerk who “repeated” what he is referring to as “unfounded rumors” about First Lady Melania Trump in a conversation with model/actress Emily Ratajkowski. She, in turn, unloaded on him on Twitter, saying:

“Sat next to a journalist from the NYT last night who told me ‘Melania is a hooker.’ Whatever your politics it’s crucial to call this out for what it is: slut shaming,” Ratajkowski wrote.

She continued, “Gender specific attacks are disgusting sexist bullsh-.” Although she declined to identify the journalist in question, she did identify the person as male in a later tweet.

Now that the doo has hit the fan, Bernstein, 38, wants totake ownershipof the offensive insult. “My mistake,” he added.

On Monday, the New York Times  acknowledged that the previously unidentified reporter made a “completely inappropriate” remark about Mrs. Trump, and that the reporter has been spoken to by editors at the newspaper. “The comment was not intended to be public, but it was nonetheless completely inappropriate and should not have occurred,” according to a spokesman for the New York Times.

“Spoken to by editors?” Yeah. That should do it. 

Yet why do we smell a double standard? If the First Lady in question had been Michelle Obama, “taking ownership” would have resulted in Jacob Bernstein being accompanied out the door by management with a box of his desk contents in tow.

Powerline blog’s John Hinderaker poses and then answers the question,Is the New York Times a serious news source?” Check it out. It dovetails well with our post.

11 Responses to “Taking ownership” gives NYT reporter a pass slurring Melania Trump

  1. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    I grew up hearing a mistake was dressing in the dark and putting on a black and brown shoe. My dad, like Freud, was not much of a believer in “mistakes” which he regarded as convenient excuses. He made us accept responsibility for our actions. Obviously that’s not a premise liberals take to heart.

  2. Maggie says:

    The New York Times showed its liberal bias by accepting Jacob Bernstein’s claims and then doing nothing. Why would the newspaper make a negative out of something they are all too happy to see denigrating our elegant First Lady ?

  3. MacBeth says:

    Bernstein sprang from the muck of a liberal gene pool. That’s why he’s employed at the NYT and why he can get away with this crude remark without condemnation. He should have been fired, but those editors who “spoke to him,” agree with what he said.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    There was not so much as a peep or a whisper or a question from the leftist media when Michelle Obama said that she had never been proud of the US until her husband became the president.

    Michelle Obama, even with the benefit of fashion designers, makeup artists, and the wonderful world of photoshop could never come close to the level of cool, sophisticated elegance that Melania Trump exudes.

    The New York Times, in a recent hit piece on Stephen Miller who now works for President Trump, repeatedly refers to our President as “the former TV reality show personality”.

    Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s former official photographer, Peter Souza, is now blasting out photos of “how president Obama” dealt with crisis situations—-black and white photos with Obama, sleeves rolled up, looking all serious while several white males appear to be briefing him on something.

    He is never going away. Being president was not enough. Being king of the world would not be enough. He will burn down the world in order to control it. Then he will sit staring at the pile of ashes, blame everyone else for the terrible mess, and get really p*ssed because there is no one left to clean it up.

    You and I knew that it was bad. McCain probably is calling a lot of the shots against Trump, while Obama is running his own plays.
    Both financed and managed by Soros.

    But it’s much worse than we could have ever imagined.
    Very dark days ahead.
    The deep state is showing their hand, which seems to indicate that they are willing to go down with the ship.

    Please, if you are so inclined, please pray for President Trump; his family; his team, and for all of US.
    We will all be on our knees soon.
    While we’re down there, we might as well pray.
    It is the Only way to defeat evil.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      Ayn Rand summed it up this way:

      “In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.”

  5. Vince says:

    Taking note of the fact that Michelle Obama is nearly 6 feet tall and has massive hands became a “racist” insult.

  6. Saguaro Sam says:

    McCain, today in the Senate hearing on human trafficking.
    As usual, he cannot resist the chance to jab, needle, or harass on the public stage an unsuspecting person.
    In this case, a Hollywood actor (who knows ALL about human trafficking, no doubt) get the last laugh.

    Speaking of human trafficking—-I thought that Cindy Lou Hensley McCain had made herself the torch-bearer for that cause , and then went utterly silent.
    Too busy counting all of her money.


  7. Conservative Since Birth says:

    FLASHBACK – Reports: Obama’s 2008 Campaign Reps Talked with Iran, Hamas
    Not a peep from …. anyone.

  8. Conservative Since Birth says:

    WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence. (9/2008) Again, not a peep from anyone.


  9. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Toldyaso – Swamp Guardian McCain Announces Opposition to Mulvaney as OMB Director… | The Last Refuge

    Love the name “Swamp Guardian”
    From the article: Perhaps if McCain took one less trip to destabilize another nation and instead visited some of his own VA clinics he could do something actually worthwhile for “defense”.