The New York Times published a lengthy article this weekend alleging Donald Trump's has a troubling history of sexist behavior, but the paper's past coverage of presidential candidates' reported sexual misconduct hasn't been as enthusiastic or extensive.
During the 1992 election, the Times ignored allegations that then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton sexually assaulted a former nursing home administrator named Juanita Broaddrick.
Broaddrick maintains Clinton raped her in 1978.
Her claim, which first surfaced in the final weeks of the 1992 presidential election, was given to reporters at the Times and the Los Angeles Times.
Both newsrooms ignored her.
The Times explained later that it wrote off the story as the sort of "toxic waste" that political operatives dump during the final days of presidential campaigns.
However, when the Monica Lewinsky affair hit the White House in 1998, Broaddrick's charge resurfaced. Though she signed a sworn affidavit that year denying her claim against Clinton, she later denied the denial.
Broaddrick then restated her story in an NBC News interview taped on Jan. 20, 1999, one day after the president was impeached over the Lewinsky scandal.
NBC held onto the interview for 35 days, and aired it shortly after Clinton was acquitted.
The Times and other newsrooms during this time dug into the rape allegations.
The Times explained in a Feb. 24, 1999, report, which was flagged this week by the Media Research Center, that it wasn't an easy decision to revisit the Broaddrick episode.
"The problems with Mrs. Broaddrick's accusation are obvious. There is no physical evidence to verify it. No one else was present during the alleged encounter in a Little Rock hotel room nearly 21 years ago. The hotel has since closed," then-Times reporters Felicity Barringer and David Firestone wrote in 1999, adding that the accuser had previously "denied he encounter in an affidavit."
However, Broaddrick's short-lived denial happened in 1998, and it doesn't explain why the Times passed on the story when it was given to them during the 1992 election.
The Times' explanation for why it initially ignored – and then later examined – Broaddrick continued, as Barringer and Firestone wrote, "[D]espite the problems with the accusation, it became part of the background noise of the impeachment process in Congress, pushed by conservative House Republicans even after Mr. Starr made only a glancing reference to it in a supplement to his report."
"The shadowy, subterranean path the allegation traveled also illustrates the mechanics of the national media after a year of White House sexual scandal," they added. "Never homogenous, the national press is divided in ever-smaller slivers, with smaller outlets on the Internet and cable television sometimes overwhelming the slower and more sober judgments of mainstream news organizations."
The paper's then-managing editor Bill Keller added at the time that his newsroom was simply weary of Clinton scandals.
''The first thing we did was assign some reporters to learn as much as we could — about the story, about how it emerged, about its consequences,'' he said. "'Even then, we talked long and hard about whether to publish anything. The merits of the allegations are probably unknowable. Legally, it doesn't seem to go anywhere. Congress isn't going to impeach him again. And frankly, we've all got a bit of scandal fatigue."
To this day, the former nursing home administrator maintains that she was raped in the late 1970s by then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton.
"I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73," she said on social media on Jan. 6, 2016. "[I]t never goes away."
Fast forward 24 years from when the Times passed over Broaddrick's story, and the paper is now publishing anecdotes and unverified stories alleging Trump has a history of sexist behavior.
At least one of the women cited in the Times' Trump's report from this weekend has disputed the paper's characterization of her remarks, and said the paper intentionally spun her words into something that reflected poorly on the billionaire businessman.
"I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump," former model Rowanne Brewer Lane said Monday.