CNN Deserves All the Mockery in the World for How It Covered Andrew Cuomo

National   |   Nicholas Fondacaro   |   Mar 8, 2021   |   10:19AM   |   Washington, DC

As so-called Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter ignored New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s unfolding nursing home and sexual harassment scandals on CNN Sunday, Howard Kurtz wasted no time jumping right into it for Fox News Channel’s MediaBuzz. He was later joined by Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway as they formed a tag-team duo against the liberal media spin machine and their Cuomo hypocrisy.

“When Andrew Cuomo held a press conference the other day to apologize for his behavior toward young women, all three cable news networks carried it live,” he announced before the title card even left the screen. “A tacit admission that the media had botched this story by  initially ignored it, playing it down, nothing to see here, let’s move right along, and ‘hmm, I wonder what Donald Trump is up to.’”

After noting the CBS interview with Cuomo’s second accuser, Charlotte Bennett, Kurtz called them out for trying to cover for Cuomo in the beginning. “But the first instinct of the network newscasts, CNN, MSNBC was to do as little as possible, and sometimes nothing about the Democratic governor. They were kind of acting like political operatives,” he chided, holding up a finger to see which way the wind was blowing.

“They are scrambling for higher moral ground because they can no longer control the news agenda,” he rhetorically dropped the mic. And as a testament to how fired up he was, all of this happened before Kurtz had introduced either himself or the show.

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Teeing up Hemingway, Kurtz recalled: “It took many days for the other networks to seriously jump on this story…” And after noting how many in the media were “to some degree or another, turning on him,” she pointed out the liberal media’s hypocrisy with how they chased down the obviously fictitious allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh:

HEMINGWAY: I’m struck by how different the media coverage is. These women have evidence that they knew the Governor, they have photographic evidence, they have work history records. And the coverage is pretty restrained relative to what we saw when Brett Kavanaugh was accused by complete strangers of serial gang rape roaming the streets of suburban Maryland. The media took those things so seriously and said he must stepdown that his nomination must be pulled.

KURTZ: Right.

HEMINGWAY: And these were people who had no evidence they’d ever met him. Here, it’s much more restrained. Even Cuomo himself, who was horrible toward Kavanaugh, now he thinks that he deserves due process. He does deserve due process. But that should be a standard that the media applied to everybody across the board, not in the partisan fashion that they have thus far.

From there, the two squared up on the media’s refusal to cover Cuomo’s nursing home scandal in very much critical detail. “Some conservative commentators are saying that the media seem now a lot more interested in covering the women and harassment allegations than Andrew Cuomo’s handling of COVID in nursing homes,” Kurtz said.

“Conservative media or non-leftist media have been reporting for a year about this policy change that sent infected or people with COVID into nursing homes, causing this death rate to skyrocket in nursing homes in New York … And now we have more evidence of the cover-up of that.” she agreed. “So, this is something that definitely needs to be focused on because it affected literally thousands of people and their families in York.”

Speaking of CNN, towards the end of the block, Kurtz teed-up on their liberal competitor for their flip-flopping on when to allow Prime Time host Chris Cuomo to report on his brother. “CNN, for years, had a policy that Chris Cuomo couldn’t interview his brother. Then that was lifted early in the pandemic,” he said.

After a soundbite of Chris explaining why he couldn’t cover his brother, Kurtz added: “At the time that he said that, CNN was not covering it very extensively. But CNN has now brought back this ban: can’t interview when his brother’s in trouble.”

“CNN deserves all the mockery in the world for how they handled this,” Hemingway declared. “At the height of the crisis they were bringing the Governor onto his brother’s show, like the Cuomo Brother’s Happy Fun Time Variety Hour.”

This is not CNN.

Brian Stelter’s silence on Governor Cuomo’s nursing home and sexual harassment scandals were made possible because of lucrative sponsorships Chevrolet and Sandals Hotels and Resorts. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they’re funding.

LifeNews Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.