Bonnie Bernstein fires back at Fed candidate for once suggesting she report while wearing halter tops

Veteran sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein on Monday ripped into Stephen Moore, President Trump's pick for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, after he once suggested Bernstein wear halter tops while on air. 

"You want halter tops?" Bernstein asked on Twitter. "Hit the club scene. You want hoops knowledge? Try actually listening."

The comments from Bernstein came after CNN's KFile released a new report on Moore's commentary about women over the years. Among other things, Moore said that they should have no role in men's college basketball.

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"Here's the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything," Moore wrote in a March 2002 column for National Review, which was unearthed by CNN. 

"There is, of course, an exception to this rule. Women are permitted to participate, if and only if, they look like Bonnie Bernstein. The fact that Bonnie knows nothing about basketball is entirely irrelevant," Moore wrote, adding that Bernstein, who was a CBS Sports journalist at the time, should wear halter tops. 

He later pushed back against the criticism he received, writing "I hate women's basketball" in an April 2002 column.

Moore, who was a CNN contributor from 2017 until last month, echoed these remarks in several other columns. He wrote in 2001 that it was a problem that CBS had women announcers and commentators. 

"Is nothing sacred?" he said. 

In a 2000 column, he criticized women for advocating for equality in compensation, arguing that they were desiring "equal pay for inferior work."

Moore told CNN in an email that "this was a spoof" and that he has "a sense of humor." 

The report came out the same day that another of Trump's Federal Reserve Board picks, Herman Cain, removed himself from consideration.