For the second time in recent months WSCR AM 670 talk show host Dan Bernstein is in hot water for tweeting an offensive message about a female television personality.
Bosses of the CBS Radio sports/talk station yanked Bernstein from his afternoon show Wednesday and ordered him to delete a tweet he posted Monday night about Cheryl Scott, the meteorologist on ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7.
Minutes after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, Bernstein tweeted: “And the real award for this year’s close connection to the @NHLBlackhawks is @CherylScottWX!!” It apparently was an allusion to rumors that linked Scott romantically to one or more Blackhawks players.
Last March Scott used social media to deny the rumors. Here is the text of her Instagram message:
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world . . . would do this, it would change the earth.” — William Faulkner
Some think they have the right to “write” just anything. Let me say this . . . RUMORS will never be truth. I feel bad for anyone who has had to go through a time when their world was interrupted because of hateful, negative words. Let’s all remember, we WRITE our OWN stories! Nobody else can steal that pen away.
On Tuesday, bosses of the Score received calls from ABC 7 management and Scott’s agent, attorney Andrew Stroth. Both objected strongly to the tone and inference of Bernstein’s tweet, according to sources familiar with the conversations.
By Wednesday, Bernstein had been slapped with a one-day suspension and was ordered to remove the message. Score producer Matt Abbatacola filled in for him alongside co-host Terry Boers. Bernstein is expected to return Thursday.
Score officials did not respond to requests for comment. Stroth declined to comment. Bernstein’s agent, Brian Musburger, could not be reached for comment.
Last March Bernstein touched off a firestorm for initiating an exchange of tweets with Score midday co-host Matt Spiegel that many viewed as sexist and degrading toward Aiyana Cristal, a female anchor/reporter for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Both Bernstein and Spiegel apologized on the air for their comments. “I’m an idiot,” Bernstein said at the time. “My tweet was childish, my tweet was crass and unnecessary, and I’m sorry I dragged an innocent person into it who’s doing a job, and I made an observation I shouldn’t have made, and it was childish and silly and stupid.”