Especially on the part of Bernstein, who can be quite the agitator on air and in his columns for CBS Chicago, this is a pretty clear violation of acceptable public decorum. It will be interesting to see if this exchange picks up enough steam locally for the hosts to be disciplined. It would be shocking if, at the very least, an apology were not in order.
UPDATE: Spiegel apologized for his role:
My initial tweet was about a reporter's on air presence & work. I stand by that; fair game. I regret the exchange thereafter as it devolved.
“I’m an idiot,” Bernstein said. “There are certain times where you can be childish and crass and other times where it’s just really stupid to be a child. My tweet was childish. My tweet was crass and unnecessary and I’m sorry I dragged an innocent person into it who is doing a job. I made an observation I shouldn’t have made and it was childish and silly and stupid.”
Bernstein said he will not delete the offensive tweets because he does not want to pretend like it never happened.
“I own it,” Bernstein said, “and I wish I would have had a second thought about sending it. And I’m learning my lesson about what is appropriate, what is inappropriate to say and I feel bad about it.”