On Monday evening The New York Times published a report about a third woman that has come forward to accuse New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of making inappropriate advances toward her at a 2019 wedding reception.
This report follows those of two other former aides, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett who have come forward with sexual harassment accusations.
The New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Monday that her office has formally initiated an investigation into these allegations.
“This is not a responsibility we take lightly as allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously,” said James in a statement.
Cuomo’s story was among top 3 stories on Tuesday across most news networks, except at CNN…where they are barely highlighting it. The network’s website even hid the story at the bottom of its homepage (see image).
Meanwhile, the sexual harassment allegations follow the scandalous reports of the Cuomo team hiding data on nursing home admissions of Covid-19 patients and related deaths. A leaked call from Cuomo staffer Melissa DeRosa reveals her admission to state democrats that the Cuomo team did no admit to the numbers because they were fearful that the Trump administration would launch an investigation.
Keep in mind, that while an increasing number of Covid-19 patients were being admitted to nursing homes under the Cuomo administration’s watch, Andrew Cuomo continued appearing in marathon style press conferences.
His press conference were so “acclaimed” that Andrew Cuomo even received an Emmy Award last November for “his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world.”
According to the International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner, “the Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure.”
Characters? Plot lines? These are peoples’ lives.
And, it gets worse.
Last Spring, when Cuomo’s administration was sending people with Covid-19 into nursing homes (thereby leading to mass infection rates among the elderly in these NY homes) the Governor appeared repeatedly on his brother’s CNN show.
But, now, the television host Chris Cuomo says he can’t cover the story?
He’s apologizing to his viewers saying that he cannot cover the issue because the New York Governor “is my brother.”
Correct. And, clearly there is a conflict. And, understandably he doesn’t want to slam his brother. Nonetheless, Chris Cuomo is supposed to be a journalist. He holds an important primetime time slot on a highly watched network and this story is actually news.
There is a fix, however; Chris Cuomo should turn the first block of his show over to Erin Burnett, this way CNN can actually cover a “news” story during its prime-time lineup.
Bottomline: the network needs to find a solution to its current Cuomo problem because this story is far from over.
>> @ChrisCuomo at the top of @CuomoPrimeTime tonight: "Obviously I am aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so." pic.twitter.com/G49mZYTG4D
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 2, 2021