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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"The New York Times' empty Trump 'expose'"

Turns out that of the little the Times was able to come up with about Trump's treatment of women, at least part of it wasn't even true. The relevant excerpt from the NY Post article:

It didn’t take long at all for that New York Times front-page “exposé” of Donald Trump’s treatment of women to start falling apart.

The Sunday article opened with a 25-year-old anecdote about Rowanne Brewer Lane. By Monday, she was ripping the Times for distorting what she’d said.

“He never made me feel like I was being demeaned in any way,” Lane told Fox News. “He never offended me in any way. He was very gracious.”

Yet the Times’ Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey described the former model’s first meeting with Trump, during which he offered her the use of a swimsuit at his Florida estate, as “debasing” — a word she never used — and somehow a window on his “private treatment” of women.

Lane says the Times reporters told her “several times . . . that it would not be a hit piece.” But that’s exactly what it was.

A microscopic search of Trump’s private life over decades revealed that he likes beautiful women. Not much to set against his strong record of promoting women in an industry that’s still male-dominated….

By the way, the Times’ star witness, the “debased” Rowanne Brewer Lane? She says she’s voting for Trump.


Anonymous said...

Isn't modeling swimsuits what swimsuit models do?

John Craig said...

Anon --
Evidently not in New York Times-Land.

In that strange and wondrous land, raping young women is not considered as serious a crime as asking a young woman to try on a bathing suit.

Anonymous said...

It was pretty lame journalism. Grasping is the word that coms to mind.

But if this is the best the journos at the NYT can come up with, and you have to figure they've been digging for months, I'd say Trump should feel tremendous relief.

- Gardner

John Craig said...

Gardner --
Yes, it was unbelievably lame. And two of the women quoted have since disavowed the article.

Trump is looking better and better. Not sure I buy the statesmanlike act of the past couple days, but for someone who's supposedly so horrible to women, there seem to be an awful lot of them who are willing to vouch for him. Even both of his ex-wives, which is really saying something.