As ‘walls close in’ on Gov. Cuomo, rank media favoritism exposed in devastating thread

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If there was going to be a case study on the corrupt bias of the media establishment, it would have to center on the coverage of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

You may recall that back in the early days of the Democratic primary, when Biden was coming in fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire, before his revival in South Carolina, there appeared to be an effort afoot in the media to sell Cuomo as a possible alternative.

But the favorable media coverage continued, even taking on a renewed energy as reports of nursing home deaths dogged the Democratic governor following his order requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-19 positive patients. The Associated Press put the number of COVID-19 patients released into New York nursing homes due to the order at 9,000.

And this week, the New York Post reported that a top Cuomo aide admitted that the state withheld the actual number of nursing home deaths from COVID-19 out of fear of a Justice Department investigation — New York began counting only residents who died while physically present at a nursing home, not counting those who died after being transported to the hospital.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., is calling for Cuomo and his senior team to be prosecuted immediately for purposefully withholding the state’s real nursing-home death toll.

Freelance journalist Drew Holden noted that the “walls are closing in on” Cuomo and offered his theory on why it took so long for the bombshell story to break — Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean has been sounding the alarm for months.

According to Holden, the “media wasn’t interested in accountability.”

Establishing the proper context, Holden noted that the AP scooped that Cuomo and his administration hid “the number of Covid patients his rules had returned to nursing homes – spreading the pandemic among the most vulnerable – to avoid DOJ scrutiny.”

In an exhaustive Twitter thread, the journalist gives example after example of the bias, beginning with CNN, which he said was “pushing the idea that Cuomo was an antidote to [former President] Trump.”

“The way that [Brian Stelter] talked about [Gov. Cuomo] mirrors how Pravda writes about Putin,” Holden tweeted.

Chris Cillizza was also singled out for calling Cuomo “the most important voice in the coronavirus crisis,” as was the governor’s brother Chris Cuomo, who gushed over how well his big brother was doing.

But it wasn’t just CNN, as MSNBC got in on the act as well, to include network hack Joy Reid, perhaps the most egregious example of journalism malpractice today.

Exposing the true collaboration in America today — recall the JournoList scandal conveniently swept under the rug in 2010? — Holden shared how ABC News built up Cuomo and used him to undermine Trump. Coverage from the Washington Post was also shared.

Cuomo had a vested interest in discrediting Trump and the federal government in light of the dishonest reporting under his leadership, and outlets like CNBC gave the Democrat “the space to say whatever he wanted and look like some sort of tough guy hero,” Holden charged.

As for the New York Times, Holden tweeted “the truth is, their reporting on Cuomo has been really solid across the board,” before adding that the efforts by columnists Maureen Down and Jennifer Senior were “less so.”

And there was this from BuzzFeed and Huffington Post.

Reserving a special category for Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin and far-left activist Amy Siskind, Holden called them the “worst Cuomo sycophants.”

“Heaven help anyone who takes Rubin seriously as one who offers criticism,” Holden accurately noted.

“The media serves an enormously important role in providing accountability. They failed when it comes to [Cuomo’s] handling of the coronavirus,” Holden concluded.

“Who knows what mistakes could’ve been avoided, and how many lives could’ve been saved, if changes had come sooner?” Holden wrote. “I wish there was a good or happy way to button this all up. But there isn’t. All we can hope for now is that there’s accountability — from the DOJ or otherwise — into the decisions made. And some real soul searching about what good, honest journalism is supposed to mean.”

Holden offered praise to those who deserved it for their coverage, to include the New York Post.

He also recognized “the tireless work of [Janice Dean] to help keep the attention on Cuomo, particularly at the national level.”

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Tom Tillison

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