Colbert Unloads on the New York Times' Special Report on Trump's Ick Factor With Women
Colbert went in for the kill on a big media story. On Sunday, the “New York Times had a 5,000-word story with a front page headline, 'Crossing the Line: Trump’s Private Conduct With Women,'“ announced Stephen Colbert, host of "The Late Show."
“And the Times emailed a news alert reading, ’Special Report: Donald Trump has repeatedly unnerved women in private encounters over 40 years,’” Colbert added.
Hold on—how old is Trump again?
“That implies there were 29 years where he was not unnerving women,” Colbert pointed out. "I'm gonna want a fact check on that one,” he joked.
But is Trump's objectification of women front page news at this stage? Really?
“Here’s the thing, the New York Times,” Colbert explained. “I’m not saying Donald Trump objectifying women for 40 years isn’t a story—it’s just been a story for 40 years. This special report? Not that special. Generally speaking, the banner headline on the front page is reserved for something surprising like ‘In Private, Donald Trump Makes Women Comfortable.’”
Colbert did acknowledge there is a shock factor on this story, but not for the reason the New York Times seems to want us to think based on their headline; "The Late Show" began with a disclaimer by its host that they would be discussing Trump kissing people. Which, as a former Miss USA contestant put it in the Times article upon receiving a kiss "directly on the lips" from Trump: "Oh my God, gross."
The Times' 40-year-old story is one of several recently dredged from the depths of Trump history to point out how ridiculously un-presidential Trump has been before his campaign.