New York Media Corona-Coddle Cuomo


A bevy of bloggers on the right have highlighted one of the most dramatic examples of comparative coronavirus bias: those reckless Southern Republican governors in Georgia or Florida, who allegedly love commerce more than human lives, versus New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, our apparent national lodestar of competence.

The Republicans get the heat; Cuomo gets press conferences broadcast live across the country as celebrities confess their Cuomo crushes. The Republicans are “dangerous,” and Cuomo gets to joke around with his brother, the CNN host.

This tilt is not only in the “objective” press but also in the prestige brands in opinion journalism. Take The Atlantic, which made a dramatic turn by endorsing Hillary Clinton in 2016. In a big NPR story, this was celebrated as rare and historic. Their loathing of Donald Trump never fades.

The Atlantic drew major heat for an April 29 article written by Amanda Mull that trashed Gov. Brian Kemp, titled “Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice: The state is about to find out how many people need to lose their lives to shore up the economy.” This article was also celebrated with a story on NPR. Mull took credit for the headline and insisted it was accurate. “I think that working-class Georgians, a group that is largely people of color, are being sacrificed to the state’s economy, largely,” she says.

 

But Georgia's reopening made The Atlantic look foolish. Coronavirus cases and deaths didn't surge. They declined. Mull wrote another article, headlined "The Horror of the Coronavirus Data Lag: Some reopening states are already claiming victory over the coronavirus. But the real consequences won't be clear for weeks," in which she insisted it was too early for apologies.

Keep hope alive, Amanda.

Just look at the numbers. As of May 26, Georgia's death count was 1,853. By contrast, New York's was 29,241. So is it science or politics that causes Brooklyn based Amanda Mull and all her New York media brethren to kvetch at Kemp and coddle Cuomo? Facts aren't first?

Now try to find an example of The Atlantic holding Cuomo accountable for anything. Molly Jong-Fast wrote an article headlined "The New New York Will Be Better." There's no hot talk of "Experiments in Human Sacrifice," just more trashing of Republicans.

"As anyone who listens to Governor Andrew Cuomo's daily updates knows, the state's finances are in bad shape, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems disinclined to help," Jong-Fast declared. "It's possible that the deadbeat federal government will not support the Wuhan of America and that New York will have to endure rounds and rounds of devastating budget cuts, of the kind we haven't seen in decades."

The Atlantic political writer Russell Berman had the longest take on Cuomo, but the headline was "How New York Explains the Other 49 States." Cuomo was evaluated for managing the tricky upstate-versus-downstate politics but was in no way held accountable for governing the "Wuhan of America."

Ed Yong's story "America's Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further" barely mentions Cuomo. There's this half a sentence, which appears deep into the article: "Governor Andrew Cuomo, for example, is turning 24 churches in low-income areas into testing centers ..."

CNN's Brian Stelter put Yong on his show, "Reliable Sources." Did Stelter ask about the "Patchwork Pandemic" piece? No. He asked, "(A)s a science writer, you know, you're studying this every day. Where are you on the optimism/pessimism scale?"

Conservatives should be robustly pessimistic that our elite media will ever assume a dispassionate, nonpartisan approach that holds both Democrats and Republicans accountable in the public debate. These political referees are always rigging the game.

Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org.

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17 thoughts on “New York Media Corona-Coddle Cuomo”

  1. I live in Georgia and I think Governor Kemp has done a better job regarding the coronavirus than Governor Cuomo. He didn’t send people who had the coronavirus to nursing homes where they could spread the virus to vulnerable elderly people. He has slowly opened businesses putting certain restrictions on how they should operate. Land wise, Georgia is much larger than New York. Governor Kemp had other things to deal with; two cities in south Georgia were decimated by a hurricane. Now he is dealing with hooligans who are trying to destroy Atlanta. He hasn’t locked himself in the governor’s mansion; he has been out in the middle of whatever is going on trying to see what he can do to help the people who live in Georgia

  2. The real reason the numbers went down is because there never was a threat from a so-called Carona Virus. The virus is just a flu, nothing like a Bubonic Plague. Yes, people got the flu. The flu kills very few people. A combination of other factors has married up with the virus you are so afraid of. All electric companies all over the world have installed their new 5G technology everywhere. On you nearest telephone poles, the electric boxes that look like metal monsters near corners of streets, all businesses and on your own homes. That 5G technology is designed to emit massive doses of radiation and it is coming from everywhere. You cannot avoid it. When someone gets the flu and is dosed with radiation in those massive doses, they get sick. Very sick. Strong immune systems keep most people well. Weakened immune systems in people can be killed by what they are telling you is the COVID 19. If you have ever had a cold, you will test COVID 19. About a month and a half ago, the electric companies flipped the switch over from the old electric system to the new 5G system and immediately the world was in danger of the so-called COVID 19. I knew what was going to happen and took steps to protect myself, the person that lives with me and my dog from the radiation. There are products you can purchase to stop the influx of massive radiation beaming into your homes. I am nearly 73 years old. I am very susceptible to pneumonia and within the last 4 years have been hospitalized twice for one week each time for pneumonia. I go shopping without protection and did not get sick this time around because of the protection products I purchased. So, think about all of this, people. Do not be fooled by what a Dr. Fauci or the “WHO” tells you. Your body is your body not theirs.

  3. Amanda Mull, is she a doctor or a know it all? Turns out she neither but a big. mouth with a computer spewing her liberal negative crap on the covid virus.
    Molly Jong Fast must be a Cuomo worshiper for all the praise she puts upon him, if he’s that great why on earth would he put deathly sick people in a nursing home where seasoned citizens are susceptible to any type of virus!
    The Brooklyn hospital was empty of any covid victims, why not put them there?
    And finally, New Yorks financial problems were there before the Chinese put the virus out there and he wants the tax paying public to bail him out? Not a chance of that happening, that’s what you call poor management at its worst, but yet people praise him like a Demi God and they have the highest taxes in the land, well maybe except for La la land ( California ) another poor leader who also happens to be liberal also!
    These two clowns don’t get put into office, people vote them in and then they bitch about them, they must be
    masochisr or something because they keep voting them in.

    1. Well put! People should put their thinking caps on. Read,,think,,analyze and use good reasoning techniques. Not go with what the news media puts out. Be skeptical of what is put out on the media. the Timster

    2. It was a policy not a person it happen in many states so the old and sick don’t just get thrown on the street. That use to happen a lot more then you would think in the great USA . so with so many with Corona it was a rethink that changed the laws some . So let’s move on and think about mask and stop the spread there so many people that dead over 100000 humans you can be next think think

  4. THE PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST COMMUNIST FASCIST RACIST DEMOCRAT PARTY ALWAYS TALK DOOM, GLOOM, RACISM, HATE, VIOLENCE, LIES, ACCUSATIONS AGAINST REAL AMERICANS, FALSE INFORMATION, BLAMING GOD & BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST, ATTACKING CHURCHES JUST LIKE IN COMMUNIST COUNTRIES. THEY USE THE NEWS MEDIA, TALK SHOWS AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY THEY OWN/CONTROL TO SPREAD THEIR POISON AND PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST COMMUNIST FASCIST RACIST DEMOCRAT AGENDA. IT WAS BRILLIANT ON THEIR PART TO FOLLOW STALIN AND HITLERS PLAN TO CONTROL A NATION GET CONTROL OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AND USE IT AS BRAINWASHING AND INDOCTRINATION CENTERS. THE DEPT. OF INDOCTRINATION EDUCATION WAS FORMED BY THE PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST COMMUNIST FASCIST DEMOCRAT PARTY WHEN CARTER WAS ACTING LIKE HE WAS PRESIDENT. WAY TO GO ALL YOU COMMUNIST COMRADES WHO VOTE FOR THIS EVIL TREASONOUS PARTY.

  5. America – Think about these stats: The most states with the highest state deficits are and have been Democratic strongholds for 60 years. NY, Illinois, California, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, Conn., Delaware, Maryland. They have promised the people of their states the world but have delivered on a Sh** hole for a city and state. They have always run in the red wanting the Fed. Govt. to bail them out due to their brainless spending and corruption. WELL, NO MORE.. LET THEM ALL SINK .

    Additionally, look where all the major riots are taking place. California, New York, Chicago, Detroit, DC, Baltimore, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. All Democratic strongholds ! These state Democratic ” so called Leaders” don’t want what is best for the African Americans. They say they do, but these states would not be in the sad shape they are in if they cared about human life in general.

  6. In the end we will c whose. Tactics worked better. The humanoids or the replubicans. As far as money goes don’t give a mutha f g penny 2 these states. Let them go down to 4th world countries

    1. Why should I pay to bail out irresponsible, CORRUPT leftist states, you utterly brain dead, pathetic leftist useful idiot?? The federal govt.gave Cuomo the h omo all the medical supplies the puke asked for, he wound up giving & selling the vast excess to other places.

      DEMOCRAT GOVERNORS DELIBERATELY placed Chicom coronavirus patients in NURSING HOMES where the MOST VULNERABLE to the disease reside. In doing so they MURDERED THOUSANDS of innocent people. 1/3rd of coronavirus deaths in NY occurred in NURSING HOMES. Your leftist leaders/gods have GALLONS of BLOOD dripping from their slimy, corrupt hands.

      Now crawl back to motherfv cker jones where your regurgitated leftist/Chinese propaganda is lapped up like a dog eating its own vomit.

  7. Cuomo deliberately placed Chicom coronavirus patients in NURSING HOMES where the people most likely to DIE from the disease reside. Several other DEMOCRAT GOVERNORS also placed the infected in nursing homes, causing thousands of deaths. About 1/3rd of NY coronavirus deaths occurred in NURSING HOMES. GAME OVER, republican governors did not deliberately infect 1,000s of elderly nursing home patients & cause 1,000s of deaths, DEMOCRATS DID.

    The corporate media, owned by 15 leftist billionaires, have been lying, covering for & pumping out pure communist propaganda for their Chinese buddies & the democrat politicians that they own since the beginning of this Chinese made coronavirus “crisis”.

  8. Cuomo is as big an IDIOT as Schiff!!! They both need to be thrown out of the government long with about 5,000 other DEMON-RATS.

  9. The main stream media in this country are a disgrace. If president Trump had done what Governor Cuomo has done with the old folks nursing homes , by infecting them with the virus and killing many of them, the media and the democrats would be calling for president Trumps head on a platter and thrown out of office. That is a fact!!!!!!!!!

  10. If We The People would stop supporting the states listed by Don (May 31, 2020 at 4:38 pm) maybe they would go so deep in debt that the taxpayers of those states would vote their so called leaders out of office and vote competent people into office. We and only dream about this happening but we don’t have to buy from these states unless no one else in the world sells products to us that were origionally produced or grown in these states. Buy locally produced products whenever possible.

  11. News Media condemns rioters and looters. News Media leads efforts by Liberal scumbag Hollywood elites to raise money for the George Floyd family. Now the protestors are giving $ 1.00 each to the Floyd family. It looks like they will be well taken care of, in fact they will probably be multi-millionaires after all these protestors who love him get through raising money to show them their great love. What a news story, what a sensational headline, what a…..BIG FAT LIE! This is just another FAKE NEWS REPORT. Instead of giving money to the beloved family of George Floyd the protestors have joined the rioters, looters, and scumbags of Hollywood. They have burned and pillaged many major cities. Now to clean them up, and rebuild these burned out gutted stores and businesses, our wonderful Democratic Congressmen are going to have to raise your taxes by about 40 % for the next 20 years. Sorry, but us journalist love these FAKE NEWS STORIES! Have a nice day and don’t pass this on. Folks don’t need to know the truth, or they may stop voting for the SCUM-O-CRATS!

  12. Nobody believes anything Andrew “America Was Never Great” Cuomo says except certain media outlets. No friend of the hard working class! For example, he blamed the appraisers for the mortgage meltdown, caused by Cuomo/Congress forcing lenders to give mortgages to people who could not ever pay for them. He then punished the appraisers by establishing AMC’s to oversee them and they took a cut of their commission. The AMC’s ended up being controlled by all his buddies in the financial community.

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