The New York governor apologized for making people feel “uncomfortable,” and says he will retain his emergency powers until the end of the pandemic
When Americans learn about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s negligent policy of returning infectious patients to nursing homes at the height of the pandemic, they are much more likely to give Cuomo failing grades for his handling of the crisis, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of the Media Research Center (MRC) by McLaughlin & Associates.
But due to the liberal media’s failure to properly cover this important story, one quarter of all voters have been left in the dark about this important story, our poll discovered. Once informed, those voters swung from a plurality (45%) having a favorable view of Cuomo’s handling of the crisis, to a lopsided 65% majority having an unfavorable view.
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell reacted:
“As New Yorkers grieve the loss of family due to Andrew Cuomo’s criminal COVID-19 nursing home policy, the media have completely turned a blind eye. It goes without question, had this happened under a Republican governor’s watch, they would be crucified on national television daily.
“Instead, as the details of this scandal emerged, the media hailed Cuomo as a pandemic hero and America’s savior from President Trump. The hypocrisy is stunning, yet unsurprising. The liberal media are fully aware of the influence they have over public opinion. This was no mistake. The media are complicit in Governor Cuomo’s deceitful cover-up.”
According to an MRC study, there were 401 broadcast evening news stories which mentioned Cuomo in 2020, yet only two of those (0.5%) even mentioned the controversy over his handling of nursing home patients.
Despite blockbuster revelations this year, those ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts only provided a combined 10 minutes, 56 seconds of coverage from January 28 through February 25. That’s in spite of news that Cuomo’s administration concealed the true number of infected patients sent to nursing homes, significantly under-reported the number of deaths among nursing home residents, and was being investigated by federal prosecutors.
Our nationwide poll of 1,000 general election voters, conducted between February 24 and February 28, shows the consequences of the media’s failure to give the story significant coverage. Only two-thirds of voters (66.5%) said they had heard about the mishandling of nursing home patients and the Cuomo administration’s cover-up, while 25% said they had not heard about the story. (The remaining 8.5% did not know if they had heard about it or not.)
Of those who were already informed, a large majority (55.8%) had an unfavorable impression of how Cuomo handled the pandemic in his state, vs. 40.3% who had a favorable impression.
But those who did not previously know about this story had the opposite take, with 44.9% giving Cuomo favorable marks, vs. only 34.5% who gave him an unfavorable review.
After learning about the nursing home story, the previously uninformed group swung heavily in the other direction, with 65.1% giving Cuomo an unfavorable rating, vs. only 24.7% who thought he had done a good job.
According to the poll, Democrats were the least likely to know about the nursing home scandal, with 31.5% saying they had not heard about it. For comparison, only 23.4% of Independents and 19.6% of Republicans were similarly uninformed.
About the poll:
This survey of 1,000 general election voters nationwide was conducted between February 24 and February 28 by McLaughlin & Associates on behalf of the Media Research Center.
All interviews were conducted online; survey invitations were distributed randomly within predetermined geographic units. These units were structured to correlate with actual voter turnout in the general election.
The poll of 1,000 general election voters has an accuracy of +/- 3.1% at a 95% confidence interval.
The media’s past praise for New York governor Andrew Cuomo (D.) has aged poorly as the depth of the scandals embroiling the governor unfolds. Late Show host Stephen Colbert flirted with the idea of a “President Cuomo” and Hollywood actress Rosie Perez expressed adulation for the governor when he received the 2020 International Emmy Founders Award for his “masterful” COVID-19 press briefings.
Cuomo is now facing accusations of sexual assault from three former aides and is under investigation for refusing to release data on the total number of COVID-related nursing home deaths in his state.
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In baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out. In New York politics, you get at least three strikes and maybe four or even five. As growing numbers of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fellow Democrats demand he resign following three allegations of sexual harassment, there is widespread expectation he’ll quit any day now. That could happen, but…
New York Times London bureau chief Mark Landler tried to trip up Great Britain’s Conservative Party prime minister Boris Johnson while he does a victory lap over a successful Brexit, and a successful roll-out of coronavirus vaccines, in “Brexit Is Done, but the U.K. Keeps Brussels as a Punching Bag,” in Monday’s paper.
Landler, who is hostile toward Johnson, Brexit, and conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch but who loves the left-wing lean of the BBC, amplified European Union whining that the United Kingdom, freed from Brexit, were able to complete a deal to get sufficient vaccines quickly to its citizens, while the sclerotic European Union dithered in its negotiations with pharmaceutical companies to disastrous results.
Few people on either side of the English Channel believed that Britain’s exit from the European Union would go off without a hitch. So when horror stories surfaced about rotting shellfish, empty delivery trucks and eye-popping customs fees, many reacted less with shock than grim resignation.
But Britain and the European Union have also fallen out politically and diplomatically, with a speed and bitterness that has surprised even pessimists about the relationship….
Landler forwarded pathetic excuses from the European Union:
As always with Brexit, much of the antagonism is being driven by domestic politics. Feelings have become raw in Europe because of the perception that Britain, which has rolled out vaccines much faster than the European Union, did so in part by hoarding doses from its homegrown manufacturers.
President Emmanuel Macron of France questioned the efficacy of a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford in people over the age of 65. That nationalistic message may have played well with his political base, even if critics pointed out that the World Health Organization and the European Union had recommended the vaccine for all adults.
Here’s proof that conservatives “seize” abroad as well as in the United States.
In Britain, some politicians have seized on the vaccine gap as vindication of the vote to leave. On a range of issues, it is clear that the fulfillment of Brexit has not soothed antagonism toward the E.U., either in the government or among the hard-core band of Brexiteers in Mr. Johnson’s Conservative Party.
Landler’s labels make the pro-Brexit movement, which after all won a national referendum in 2016, sound fringe.
The latest demands by the Brexiteer lawmakers may reflect a simple desire to stay in the limelight, having accomplished their defining goal of leaving Europe. But it also dramatizes the enduring appeal of euro-skepticism — a narrative of grievance that British politicians can deploy to deflect criticism for anything from trade hiccups to deeper economic problems.
For lawmakers and the government, bashing Brussels became all the more tempting after the European Commission, the E.U. executive arm, threatened to rip up one of the key provisions of the protocol last month. While it reversed itself after a few hours, the threat is now regarded as a self-inflicted wound of rare magnitude.
“Why not kick the E.U. when it’s down?” said Timothy Bale, a professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London. “That’s long been a reflex for this government, and it is very hard to get out of this reflex.”
When Landler is obliged to cover news that makes Prime Minister Johnson look smart and Brexit look prescient, like the EU’s disastrously botched vaccine rollout, his praise is exceedingly faint:
The European Union’s ham-handed threats over coronavirus vaccine exports have put Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an unaccustomed place this week: standing on the moral high ground in a dispute with Brussels.
Suddenly, the blustery Brexiteer who once threatened to rip up parts of Britain’s withdrawal agreement with the European Union looked like an aggrieved victim.
The View hosts continued to address New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s scandals on Tuesday’s show. But with co-host Meghan McCain out this week, the liberal hosts felt emboldened to attack Republican “hypocrisy” instead, while reserving judgement for the scandal-embroiled Democrat.
After another woman came forward to detail her story, along with a photo alleging Cuomo sexually harassed her, the hosts reacted somberly to the news at first but were hesitant to speak too negatively about Cuomo, compared to how they talked about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.
Sunny Hostin expressed support for an independent investigation from the New York Attorney General’s office before complaining Republicans needed to be investigated too:
I’d like to see everyone be held accountable and all these investigations led into behavior that we’re seeing across the board in Congress, I mean we have all of these allegations against you know, [GOP Rep.] Madison Cawthorn who we have had on this show, before his run for Congress. I’d like to see an independent investigation into that. I’d like to see an independent investigation into allegations that have been made involving [GOP Rep.] Jim Jordan, I think you know it’s high time for us to look into this type of behavior and say enough is enough.
Co-host Ana Navarro said she was “bothered” by the allegations, expressing her disappointment that Cuomo didn’t live up to the hype: “He should’ve known better. I expected more of him.” But like Hostin, she also used her response to attack Republicans as hypocrites, instead:
First, you know I think all those people who Sunny just alluded to, all those people who are pouncing on Cuomo but remained silent on the over two dozen sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump and are remaining silent against the allegations against Madison Cawthorn. They are hypocrites and it’s appalling.
Navarro then played a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham saying Democrats should follow the “Republican model” on allowing Democrats’ last minute accusations against Kavanaugh be investigated before his confirmation. Even though Graham was referring to Kavanaugh, Navarro was outraged. “The Republican model is to look away and look the other way and play dumb on the accusations against Donald Trump!” she fumed.
Joy Behar laughed at the Graham clip and mocked the GOP, arguing Democrats held themselves to a higher standard on sex abuse claims, citing Al Franken, again. (What about Bill Clinton?)
Scoffing that she “agreed” with Graham, she said Democrats should follow the “Republican model” and “ignore” Cuomo’s sex scandal:
“Well, yes, I do agree with them they should use the Republican model which is to basically ignore everything like they did with Kavanaugh!” she gushed.
I mean, the Republican playbook is, let’s hope that this goes away and let’s not really go into it. So he’s right, we should use the Republican playbook because the Democrats do the opposite. A case in point, Al Franken, Senator Gillibrand, ‘off with his head’ immediately, ‘he needs to resign’ and a lot of Democrats got behind it. Now I’ve noticed, she’s changed her tune. Now she’s taking the Republican playbook to heart. ‘Let’s investigate this time. Let’s see what the allegation comes to’, so, yes, good, thank you Lindsey.
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Read relevant transcript portions below:
SUNNY HOSTIN: I think that the governor should cooperate with the investigation and let’s see where that goes. What I have said before I’d like to see everyone be held accountable and all these investigations led into behavior that we’re seeing across the board in Congress, I mean we have all of these allegations against you know, Madison Cawthorn who we have had on this show, before his run for Congress. I’d like to see an independent investigation into that. I’d like to see an independent investigation into allegations that have been made involving Jim Jordan, I think you know it’s high time for us to look into this type of behavior and say enough is enough.
ANA NAVARRO: Look, I’m very bothered by this on a bunch of different aspects. First, you know I think all those people who Sunny just alluded to, all those people who are pouncing on Cuomo but remained silent on the over two dozen sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump and are remaining silent against the allegations against Madison Cawthorn. They are hypocrites and it’s appalling. But the point is, that’s not what we need to focus on. What we need to focus on is holding everybody to the same standard and that sexual harassment, there needs to be a zero tolerance policy whether it’s a president you idolize, a governor you like, a boss you like, a friend or a stranger. That shouldn’t matter. What matter should be getting to truth, not rushing to judgement, not trial by Twitter. Getting to the truth which I hopes what happens with this investigation. But I want to throw to this clip here of Lindsey Graham yesterday on Fox News.
LINDSEY GRAHAM: Here’s what I would tell my democratic colleagues to do, follow the Republican model, we had a Republican nominee for the Supreme Court, accused of something, the day before we voted, the moment before we voted, we could have gone ahead saying this is too late, it’s not fair, we stopped the entire damn process.
ANA NAVARRO: The Republican model is to look away and look the other way and play dumb on the accusations against Donald Trump….This wasn’t ten years ago. This was last year. This is after time’s up. This is after Me Too. He should’ve known better. I expected more of him. But I’m going to wait for the full investigation to come out and see what the truth is and I hope that happens.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG:Right. So, Joy, I can’t wait to hear your answer on this. But what do you think over Lindsey Graham’s Republican model?
JOY BEHAR: Well, yes, I do agree with them they should use the Republican model which is to basically ignore everything like they did with Kavanaugh, they had no witnesses, they had three-day investigation, Rob Porter remember him, physically abused two of his wives. I remember that Trump said, I wish him well. Didn’t they back up Roy Moore for a long time? I mean, the Republican playbook is, let’s hope that this goes away and let’s not really go into it. So he’s right, we should use the Republican playbook because the Democrats do the opposite. A case in point, Al Franken, senator Gillibrand, off with his head immediately, he needs to resign and a lot of Democrats got behind it. Now I’ve noticed, she’s changed her tune. Now she’s taking the Republican playbook to heart. Let’s investigate this time. Let’s see what the allegation comes to, so, yes, good, thank you Lindsey.
The incoming chancellor of New York City public schools has a history of making controversial statements and recently promoted a tweet that implies America was “built on lies.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D.) tapped Bronx superintendent Meisha Ross Porter to take the helm of the nation’s largest school district Friday following the abrupt resignation of Chancellor Richard Carranza. Like Carranza, Porter is a controversial figure whose “disrupt and dismantle“ approach to race and public education has ruffled quite a few feathers.
Porter encouraged New York University dean of equity David E. Kirkland to “speak the truth” on Twitter in September after Kirkland issued a fiery endorsement of critical race theory, the idea that American government and economic systems are inherently racist.
“Critical Race Theory is the audacity to tell the truth in places built on lies,” Kirkland tweeted. “This truth will make us free, though there are some who don’t want us free and are willing to sever a nation to ensure we stay chained.”
Porter’s time as superintendent was marked by conflict and controversy. Two separate lawsuits accuse her of discriminating against Jewish and white teachers. And Bronx school district official Rafaela Espinal has accused Porter of firing her for not participating in the “Wakanda Forever” salute, a gesture from the movie Black Panther that Porter frequently used to end meetings.
Espinal said Porter disciplined her for not being “black enough.”
The Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools is currently looking into a $45,000 gala Porter held in honor of her birthday and promotion to superintendent, the New York Post reported.
During his time as chancellor, Carranza faced two lawsuits in which four female leaders accused him of pushing them out of their positions because they were white.
Carranza and de Blasio banded together three years ago to propose changes to the admissions process for a handful of the city’s elite academic high schools, which they claimed gave an unfair advantage to white and Asian students.
But the two leaders clashed over other school desegregation policies, the New York Times reported, including over a selective admissions test designed to funnel high-performing elementary school students into advanced classes. Carranza sought to abolish the tests as de Blasio focused on reopening schools for in-person instruction during the coronavirus pandemic.
Carranza was also friendly to critical race theory. In 2019, the chancellor hosted a “white supremacy culture” training session for his school administrators.
Porter will take over as chancellor in March, following Carranza’s official departure.
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Former New York Times reporter Donald McNeil says he was pushed out of the paper by Dean Baquet, the Times’s executive editor, even though Baquet conceded that the allegations against McNeil were baseless.
Baquet allegedly told McNeil, “I know you’re not a racist,” but encouraged him to resign anyway because he had “lost the newsroom.” “We’re not firing you,” Baquet said. “We’re asking you to consider resigning.” McNeil, whose work on the coronavirus pandemic is being considered for a Pulitzer Prize, recounted the incident in a Medium post on Monday.
The post confirms what several Times insiders had alleged: Although McNeil technically resigned of his own volition, he was under intense pressure to do so. When the star science reporter asked for details about the allegations, Baquet was silent. “It felt like an attempt to intimidate me,” McNeil wrote.
The conversation occurred a few days after the Daily Beast reported that McNeil said the n-word while chaperoning high school students in Peru. One student had asked him if her classmate should have been suspended for using the word, and McNeil, requesting context, uttered it aloud himself. Baquet had initially reprimanded McNeil for his “extremely poor judgment” but stopped short of firing him. It was only after the Daily Beast report that McNeil was pushed out.
The Medium post also suggests that the New York Times union was unwilling to defend McNeil. The union “was deeply split over my case,” McNeil said, so “I decided I needed my own lawyer.” As the Washington Free Beacon reported last month, the union even exploited U.S. labor law to up the pressure on McNeil.
While McNeil said he still considers Baquet a friend, he had harsher words for Charlotte Behrendt, the human resources official who oversaw the investigation into his conduct. “She makes the Times newsroom more like North Korea every day,” he said in a follow-up Medium post, quoting an email he had sent to a friend.
Behrendt herself had used the n-word while grilling McNeil about the Peru incident. “I flinched a little as she said it,” McNeil said, recounting a meeting at which he and Bill Baker, the New York Times union chair, were present. “[M]ostly because Bill, who was sitting next to me, is black.”
Neither Baquet nor Behrendt responded to requests for comment.
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The scandal surrounding New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mishandling of nursing home patients during the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic was never a secret. Yet in their zeal last year to promote Cuomo as a counter to President Trump, broadcast news, cable news, daytime talk shows and late night comics all preferred to tout Cuomo as a pandemic hero, instead of telling the truth about his actions. Watch:
Even though New Yorkers learned about the scandal in April 2020, the Cuomo-boosters in the national media refused to touch it. The broadcast evening newscasts made the Governor a star of their pandemic coverage, yet devoted a scant 51 seconds to it in all of 2020. This year, as the depths of Cuomo’s duplicity have become apparent, those same newscasts have delivered a scant 10 minutes, 56 seconds during the past four weeks (January 28 to February 25) — nearly as much airtime as they devoted over just four days (February 18-21) to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s ill-advised trip to Cancun (eight minutes, 51 seconds).
■ Burying the Bad News in 2020: It was March 25, 2020, when New York ordered nursing homes to re-admit COVID patients even if they were still infectious. As the death toll among nursing home patients rose sharply, the New York Post became the first of the big New York City dailies to write about the directive on April 21, after it came up at the Governor’s daily briefing the previous day. (Cuomo, saying “I don’t know,” punted the question to his Health Commissioner, Howard Zucker.)
The New York Times followed suit three days later, on April 24, quoting Mina Ebrahem, a physical therapist who had worked at several New York City nursing homes: “Whoever made this decision, whoever did this, I consider this a sentence of death for all the older patients, whoever is in a nursing home.”
But while the national liberal media worked overtime to make Cuomo the face of supposedly competent coronavirus leadership, they ignored the horrible consequences of his order.
A Nexis search found ABC’s World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News discussed Cuomo in at least 401 evening news stories between March 1 and December 31, 2020, including weekends. Yet only two of those stories, both on Nightly News, made any reference to Cuomo’s nursing home order. Total airtime: a mere 51 seconds.
ABC’s World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News were completely silent on the matter throughout 2020. Indeed, weeks after the story broke, on the May 5 Evening News, CBS’s Mola Lenghi ran a soundbite from Cuomo talking about the dangers of nursing homes — “All it takes is one person to bring that virus in there. And you do everything you can, but at the same time, you can’t do everything” — without giving the slightest hint of the Governor’s true record on the subject.
The first actual reference on an evening newscast came on the May 11 Nightly News, when correspondent Cynthia McFadden spent 13 seconds assuring viewers that “over the weekend, New York’s Governor Cuomo reversed his controversial policy forcing nursing homes to take back COVID patients.” As “controversial” as it was, Nightly News hadn’t bothered to tell viewers anything about it until it was over.
The only other reference last year came on July 20, as NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez accompanied Cuomo on a political stunt mission to Georgia, to criticize how southern Republican governors had managed the crisis.
Gutierrez squeezed in a 38-second exchange with Cuomo at the end of his report: “If you had to do it over again, would you have issued that same directive or was it a mistake?”
Cuomo rejected any responsibility: “We looked at this factually. If you look at when the nursing home deaths happened, it has no correlation to that order.”
■ 2021: Blockbuster Revelations, Minimal Coverage: During the past month, investigative digging by the Associated Press and New York Post, as well as a scathing report from a fellow Democrat, New York’s Attorney General Letitia James, revealed the truth: Cuomo’s administration concealed the true number of infected patients sent to nursing homes, and significantly under-reported the number of deaths among nursing home residents.
A top aide to Cuomo, Melissa DeRosa, told state Democrats that the true numbers were withheld from state legislators — out of fear, she claimed, of what the Trump administration might do with the truth. Federal prosecutors are now investigating whether the misconduct was criminal.
Yet while these blockbuster reports finally broke the media’s silence, it hasn’t exactly been an avalanche of coverage. In the past four weeks (January 28 to February 25), ABC’s World News Tonight has devoted exactly two minutes, 54 seconds to the story. The CBS Evening News produced only slightly more (three minutes, 11 seconds), while the NBC Nightly News logged four minutes 51 seconds of coverage.
Combined, that’s a meager 10 minutes, 56 seconds of airtime in four weeks — nearly as much airtime as those same broadcasts devoted over just four days (February 18-21) to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s ill-advised trip to Cancun amid his state’s power crisis (eight minutes, 51 seconds).
Given the enormity of the consequences of Cuomo’s foolhardy and duplicitous approach, the puny amount of news coverage is a scandal in and of itself.
A New York Times contributing writer who is reportedly the Biden administration’s top candidate for a seat on the National Economic Council recently purged his Twitter feed of thousands of Twitter posts, many of which mocked conservatives and Republican leaders.
Tim Wu, who is also a Columbia Law School professor, recently deleted nearly 11,000 tweets that he sent prior to Dec. 2, 2020, Fox News reported on Thursday.
Wu also appeared to scrub several highly charged partisan messages he posted on Twitter after Dec. 2, 2020, according to archived copies reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon. In one dating from Dec. 12, Wu wrote that a Wall Street Journal op-ed that criticized Jill Biden was “a reminder that the old-fashioned pre-Trump conservatives were pretty wretched too.”
The news comes as President Joe Biden’s nominee for Office of Management and Budget director, Neera Tanden, faces bipartisan opposition in the Senate for her own tweets attacking conservatives and Bernie Sanders supporters.
Politico reported earlier this week that Wu is likely to be appointed to the White House National Economic Council. The position does not require confirmation.
On Nov. 9, 2020, Wu mused: “I feel like a symposium could well devoted [sic] to, who was worse, Bush or Trump, and why. Does still seem to stir debate. I am personally torn, mainly because of the Iraq war on false pretenses, the torture, and then more torture.”
The Times contributor encouraged Trump administration officials to intentionally defy the president’s orders, claiming that “officials who decline to obey Trump’s orders are, in fact, not so much committing treason, but avoiding it by obeying their oath to uphold the Constitution.”
Wu also used Donald Trump’s hospitalization with coronavirus as an opportunity to take a swipe at conservatives.
“Even if not a single person in the world had said something disrespectful while Trump is in hospital, the right would need to invent that person to hold on to their precious sense of victimhood,” Wu wrote.
Last January, Wu took aim at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.).
“I wonder what exactly was going on in Mitch McConnell’s brain as he swore ‘I will do impartial justice?'” Wu wrote. “My guess: ‘blah blah blah do I hear someone talking, blah-di-blah blah blah.'”
“This has transcended any question of ‘what will happen to the Court’ and [has] become the question of whether villainy will be punished or not,” Wu wrote.
Neither Wu nor the White House responded to requests for comment.
Although Wu would not need Senate confirmation to join the National Economic Council, that isn’t the case for Tanden, Biden’s pick for OMB director who has faced controversy due to her politically charged tweets. Last Friday, Democratic senator Joe Manchin (W.Va.) announced that he would oppose Tanden because of her “overtly partisan statements,” a move that will likely sink her chances of getting majority approval.
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