Some thoughts on the media after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a report that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed several women and even retaliated against one for going public.
# 1: Isn’t it fascinating how a probe like this can go missing for months on end? In late June, Rich Noyes of the Media Research Center noted that after 82 minutes of coverage of the Cuomo scandal in March, there had been nothing in April, May or June. They have always bragged about it on COVID-19 policy and ignored the scandal.
“But he’s only a governor”, some might argue. Okay, but he’s a governor the national media have treated like a “phantom president” and national hero in the battle against COVID-19 in 2020. Cable networks broadcast many of his press conferences live and unedited.
With the Trump scandals, networks seemed like a perpetual motion machine, constantly raising new dirt. Did any of them let the Robert Mueller probe on Russian interference disappear for months? But this probe has just fallen off the edge of a media cliff.
# 2: This once again highlights why many Americans don’t trust the media. CNN didn’t just hire a Cuomo; they promoted him in prime time based on his family’s Democratic glamor. The Cuomo Brothers’ shameless comedy routines in 2020 revealed CNN’s utter disregard for professional conflict of interest principles.
The glamor of celebrities has overtaken media ethics, every time.
# 3: Then the Washington Post reported that Chris Cuomo attended governor’s staff meetings and offered his brother advice on staying “challenge” as a result of all these accusers of sexual harassment. Obviously, the Chris Cuomo Playbook is in effect as the governor has denied touching anyone inappropriately as many Americans with political memories hear an echo of, “I haven’t had sex with this woman, Miss Lewinsky.” How do CNN employees feel?
How did CNN handle this mess? May 23, “Reliable sources” Host Brian Stelter suggested that maybe Chris could take a break from conflict. Stelter vaguely noted that Cuomo advised his brother “On how to deal with the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed the governor’s office”, but he never clarified that the Post reported that Chris “Urged his brother to take a position of challenge. “
As usual, the media will appear weak and incomplete when reporting their own scandals and damage. Cuomo was in no danger, but Stelter, seconds later, praised the voices of the left who fired former Conservative Senator Rick Santorum from CNN for not giving Native Americans enough credit for their place in culture and American history. Santorum had to leave, but Jeffrey Toobin was able to withdraw his penis and masturbate on a Zoom call, and CNN brought him back into the fold.
# 4: what if Andrew Cuomo was forced to resign? President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both called for his resignation after the new report. Then again, many Democrats have called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to step down. He refused, and now he appears in campaign television commercials.
Recall that Eliot Spitzer, the last Democratic governor of New York who resigned in disgrace in a sex worker scandal, went on to secure a late-night talk show on CNN in 2010 with columnist Kathleen Parker. Maybe the Q-Tip Twins can host together on “Cuomo (s) Prime Time.”