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The Broadsheet: October 4

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The real life Olivia Pope returns, Aileen Lee talks double standards, and we go behind the scenes on The Apprentice. Have a wonderful Tuesday.

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EVERYONE’S TALKING

• Who’s fired? Donald Trump’s years as a media big shot just keep coming back to haunt him. Last week the GOP nominee was dogged by stories of his racist and sexist treatment of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Now comes an AP investigation into Trump’s time on The Apprentice.

Based on interviews with more than 20 former crew members, editors, and contestants, the story includes anecdotes of Trump commenting on women’s bodies on set and talking in very graphic terms about who he’d like to have sex with. The demeaning treatment wasn’t limited to the reality show competitors—the GOP nominee also reportedly harassed one of the show’s female camera operators.

To me, one of the most disturbing things about these revelations is how unsurprising they are. (Indeed, the AP article barely caused a ripple yesterday.) While the GOP nominee’s campaign issued a vigorous denial calling the story “outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false,” the behavior it describes seems in character with the many misogynistic remarks Trump has—very publicly—made over the years.

This campaign has been such a dichotomy. On one hand, we have the first ever female nominee of a major party. But at the same time, we have a candidate who has so numbed us that we barely blink when a story comes out alleging that he said of one of his female subordinates, “You’d f— her, wouldn’t you? I’d f— her.” It’s impossible to believe that America can continue on this paradoxical path: For better or worse, the turning point is just a month away.
The AP

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• Clinton’s counterattacks. The New York Times looks at how Hillary Clinton responded to women who accused her husband of infidelities (and worse). “Outwardly, she remained stoic and defiant…but privately, she embraced the Clinton campaign’s aggressive strategy of counterattack: Women who claimed to have had sexual encounters with Mr. Clinton would become targets of digging and discrediting—tactics that women’s rights advocates frequently denounce.” New York Times

• LeBron’s with herOn a more positive note for the Democratic nominee, she picked up couple of interesting endorsements, one from an old enemy—Michael Chertoff, who was the lead Republican counsel on the Senate Whitewater Committee—and one from basketball legend LeBron James, who writes that Clinton “understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty.” Meanwhile, Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, attended a Clinton fundraiser in Paris.

• It’s being handled? In spin mode around her divorce from Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie has retained the help of legendary crisis manager Judy Smith—best known as the inspiration for Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington’s character in Scandal.  People

• Cowboying up. In this Recode podcast, Cowboy Ventures founder Aileen Lee talks about the double standard faced by female VCs. While a man might get a deal just because he’s “a good guy,” she says, a woman must have specific segment expertise and a killer network to even merit consideration. Recode

• Hidalgo and the heist. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is in the hot seat after the robbery of Kim Kardashian West, who was held at gunpoint in the city and robbed of $9 million worth of jewelry. Paris has already seen tourism plunge in wake of last year’s terror attacks. New York Times

• Fun gets fashionable. Videos of models dancing down the runway of Stella McCartney’s Paris Fashion Week show are going viral, providing an object lesson in how the designer has created one of fashion’s most social media savvy brands. Fortune

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Happy birthday, DG. Sheryl Sandberg marked what would have been the 49th birthday of her late husband, Dave Goldberg, with a touching Facebook post. Fortune

The real winner? The polling firm run by Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has collected nearly $1.9 million in fees from federally registered political campaign committees—”more than twice as much as in any prior election.”  Politico

• A delectable duo. Fox 2000 has snapped up an intriguing new script from Mindy Kaling. The story reportedly centers on a female late-night host—to be played by Emma Thompson—who’s at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires Kaling as her first female writer.  The Hollywood Reporter

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ON MY RADAR

Is Marla Marples the Trump tax leaker?  New York Magazine

Here’s a new look at Lego’s new ‘Super Hero Girls’ collection  Time

Women shun the maternity smock—and stores race to catch up  New York Times

Too many female celebrities have been harassed or assaulted in 2016  New York Magazine

QUOTE

 

A lot of women and girls in this country have felt that they don’t have any power, that they are not equal, that they don’t have the right to an opinion. This is a chance for us to be seen, and to be heard.
Magda Staroszczyk, one of the coordinators of a strike by Polish women who are protesting a proposed law that would ban abortions in the country.