Accuracy in Media

David Horsey, a columnist at the Los Angeles Times, recently characterized the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a “slightly chunky soccer mom” that would be “more comfortable in sweats and running shoes.”

Outrage ensued, and Horsey has since apologized, saying the following:

I want to apologize to Times readers — and to Sarah Huckabee Sanders — for a description that was insensitive and failed to meet the standards of our newspaper. It also failed to meet the expectations I have for myself. It surely won’t be my last mistake, but this particular error will be scrupulously avoided in my future commentaries. I’ve removed the offending description.

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  • rightwinghawk

    Well, that apology makes it all better, until the next time Horsey violates his own high standards and apologizes and The LA Times top editors apologize while trying to figure out why the circulation of their once fine newspaper is crashing.

  • John McKenzie

    Since this won’t be your last mistake you can attempt to meet your expectations for yourself by practicing this simple three step exercise.

    (1) THINK

    It works for most people. Could be challenging for a Lib though. Good Luck.

  • Dennis Schaaf

    We all know he would never say that about a rat spokesperson.

  • Judy Winslow

    Once again, the media out performs the man in the White House. Those WERE unprofessional comments. On a regular basis, Trump has has proved himself much more callous, vicious and childish in the numerous personal attacks he has Tweeted out.
    The difference? Trump NEVER apologizes. Oh, if he’s REALLY pressured, he might sputter out a few words, followed by “the media is just treating me so unfairly” (Wah!!) because “once Obama (or Clinton or ?. .. ) did blah-blah but nobody ever reports on that.(Boo-Hoo-Hoo!)”
    The worse part? Trump’s childish rants were an important precursor to this type of behavior. His stunningly immature behavior is such an embarrassment but has actually led many Americans to lower their standards to emulate him.
    I’m glad to see this reporter at least stopped himself and apologized. Trump would have just insulted anyone daring to criticize him. Then send his surrogates to echo the sentiment that: the Trump administration does not approve of public criticism.

  • Judy Winslow

    Challenging? Trump’s in his 70’s and hasn’t figured it out. #1 on your list stumps him.
    Anyway, what that reporter said isn’t even considered rude compared to Trump’s past beauties.
    You guys think it sounds cute when he does it or what? Can anybody teach him how to apologize or retract lies? (Teaching him to tell the truth is out of the question. He’d be lost.)
    What am I saying? Retracting his past lies would require so much time that the White House would have to create a whole new agency. Just to bring them into the realm of “reality” would take forever! Forget correcting all of them to the point of actually being “truthful!”

  • John McKenzie

    You sound like a reasonable person that could be caught up in the crowd frenzy of disparaging our President cart blanc without factual backup. Please take this as a common sense discourse:
    I honestly have not found ONE thing that Mr. Trump has said that has not proven truthful. You say that EVERYTHING he has said is untruthful. You have the burden of proof, or ‘ladies first’, unless you are not a lady (my weak attempt at PC- I’m still learning.)
    So give me a few examples of his lies and hit me back.
    Thanks Judy