One of President Trump's candidates for the Federal Reserve has a new media controversy, one he describes as "character assassination." CNN dug up several old columns written about 20 years ago by Stephen Moore for the conservative National Review. Provocative views about fiscal policy? Nope, Moore jokes in the columns about female athletes, broadcasters, and refs. One of the dicier examples: In a 2002 column, he declared that women should not be allowed to cover sports unless "they look like Bonnie Bernstein." He added that Bernstein, a respected sports journalist, "knows nothing about basketball" and "should wear a halter top." Bernstein has tweeted a response to the resurfaced column, suggesting that Moore "hit the club scene" if he wants to see halter tops. Moore responds to all this by saying his columns were clearly in jest.
"This was a spoof," he tells CNN. "I have a sense of humor." Moore elaborates to the Daily Caller: “They can’t defeat me based on my qualifications or my economic ideas so they resort to character assassination." CNN cited several columns in its story, including here, here, here, and here. Other lines it highlights: "Women are sooo malleable! No wonder there's a gender gap." And: "Is there no area in life where men can take vacation from women?” And another in which he writes that female tennis players "want equal pay for inferior work." (The controversy surfaces as another potential Fed choice, Herman Cain, withdrew his name from consideration.)