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 to “take ownership” of 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.