Well, there’s a reason why President Donald Trump frequently refers to CNN as the “fake news” network.
In what feels like an uncomfortable, “scripted” moment, CNN’s anchor Chris Cuomo was filmed as he “emerged from his basement, where he’s been riding out the coronavirus for the last several weeks,” as a tweet from his show’s account described the moment.
Cuomo said he was cleared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Here it is. The official reentry from the basement, cleared by CDC,” he told viewers. “A little sweaty, just worked out. It happens.”
“This is what I’ve been dreaming of, literally for weeks,” Cuomo added.
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 21, 2020
He would then greet his family, who were awaiting his entry into the room.
“My wife, she was cleared by the CDC. She doesn’t have a fever, she doesn’t have the symptoms anymore, more than seven days from her quarantine,” he said, after faking a cough on her. “We’re still a little scared, so I’ll just give you one of these.”
The CNN anchor then wags his index and pinkie fingers at his wife and children.
“Just give you one of these, just give you one of these,” he said to each of his children.
Cuomo was reportedly recovering at home after being diagnosed with COVID-19 back in March, and his reemergence made for a dramatic moment on television, but there’s one small problem here.
While he was supposed to be in quarantine, Cuomo was spotted playing outside with his wife and three children.
Last Monday, Cuomo got into an altercation with a bicyclist Easter Sunday while at his East Hampton property on Easter Sunday. The property is still being developed, and is reportedly a 30 minute drive from his home.
“Your brother is the coronavirus czar, and you’re not even following his rules!” the man told Cuomo.
The whole coronavirus victim thing suddenly takes on a whole “staged” appearance, not that CNN would ever manipulate reality to orchestrate a ratings-driven moment.
Of all the reaction to the story, Stephen L. Miller may have offered the best response when he asked: “How is this not a colossal Milli Vanilli like scandal for CNN?”
Brian Stelter said in his newsletter that Cuomo’s wife contracted COVID-19. Cuomo in his Jesus video says she doesn’t have it. Cuomo was also witnessed on record at another property 60 miles from his basement.
How is this not a colossal Milli Vanilli like scandal for CNN? https://t.co/8kF725WLEK
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 21, 2020
Here’s a sampling of other reactions from Twitter:
Fake News. You emerged last week and went to the Hamptons, then threatened a senior citizen when he asked you why you violated NYs non-essential travel policy (and broke quarantine)
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) April 21, 2020
Was this when you emerged before you went to the Hamptons or when you came back and hung out for a few more days and then re-emerged?
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) April 21, 2020
— random thoughts (@musings_n) April 21, 2020
— TheDamefan (@TheDamefan) April 21, 2020
— Snarkey CutiePie Filling 🥧 (@RealKSridharan) April 21, 2020
The extent to which CNN has adopted reality TV values here is pretty remarkable. Including eliding the controversy over Cuomo’s travel. https://t.co/AOS1spHYSR
— Ben Smith (@benyt) April 21, 2020
Is this a joke? Yes, this is from Stelter’s newsletter. Chris Cuomo was in East Hampton 8 days ago. This is bananas. pic.twitter.com/91zbpG7fzz
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) April 21, 2020
This video, like everything CNN broadcasts, is fake news propaganda.
A coronavirus-infected Cuomo was hanging with his family on Easter Sunday outside his house and got into a confrontation with his neighbor on the street.
The man filed a police report:https://t.co/zkJg0LJPjn
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 21, 2020
Somebody ask the governor if CNN should have aired his ne’er-do-well brother’s emergence from a fake basement quarantine after he spent Easter at a friend’s house in a different town yelling at passers-by.https://t.co/A8pQrPVZdz https://t.co/lfhyX3TnuV
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) April 21, 2020
- ‘Science? No. With Biden, it’s always about dark money …’ million-dollar ad campaign hits CDC, teacher’s unions - May 17, 2021
- ‘Step back’: Psaki sends message to her party’s radical Dems, like AOC, on Israel - May 17, 2021
- ‘Da science!’ Dem Rep. Cori Bush trained as a faith healer to cure AIDS, cancer - May 17, 2021