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On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made remarks about his sexual assault allegations that were such bullschiff that even Jake Tapper of CNN, a network that spent a year lavishing him with praise, felt compelled to briefly slam him.
During a phone briefing with reporters, the governor announced his refusal to resign despite bipartisan calls for him to take a hike, telling reporters that the effort to oust him was an example of politically motivated “cancel culture” in action.
He also framed the sexual abuse allegations against him as “opinions” and argued that he deserves to remain in office because he’s “not part of the political club.”
Listen to the relevant portion of the governor’s briefing below:
“As I’ve told New Yorkers many times, there are facts and then there are opinions, and I’ve always separated the two. When I do briefings, I put out the facts, and then I offer my opinions, but they are two different concepts,” Cuomo said during the call.
“Politicians who don’t know a single fact, but yet form a conclusion and then opinion are, in my opinion, reckless and dangerous. The people of New York should not have confidence in a politician who takes a position without knowing any facts or substance. That, my friends, is politics at its worst,” he said.
According to Cuomo, it’s also an example of “cancel culture.”
“Politicians take positions for all sorts of reasons, including political expediency and bowing to pressure, but people know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture and the truth. People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture and the truth,” he argued.
The governor then announced his decision to not step down.
“I’m not going to resign. I was not elected by the politicians. I was elected by the people. Part of this is that I am not part of the political club, and you know what? I’m proud of it,” he said.
It’s not clear whether he’s also proud of funneling coronavirus patients into nursing homes and then purposefully lying about it.
His rhetoric was enough to finally provoke Tapper, who’d reportedly been ignoring the story on air, to address it Friday on CNN’s “The Lead.”
“In our politics lead, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today blamed cancel culture as the list of Democrats calling for his resignation continues to grow. Fourteen of New York’s 19 congressional Democrats now say he should step down. But Cuomo today once again said he’s not going anywhere, as New York state legislators officially launch an impeachment inquiry,” he reported.
“[O]ne of the many eyebrow raising comments Governor Cuomo made today is he was gunning for him because he’s not part of the political club. … So, he’s the incumbent governor. His father was three-term governor of New York. The field was cleared for him so he could run for attorney general of New York. He was at one point married to a Kennedy. I mean, how can — how can say he’s not in a political club?” Tapper asked.
However, on air Tapper has for the most part ignored the scandals surrounding Cuomo.
“On Tuesday afternoon, the Albany Times Union published claims by a sixth Cuomo accuser, an unnamed former staffer who alleged that Cuomo had touched her inappropriately at the governor’s mansion late last year,” Fox News reported Friday.
“Tapper, known as a regular Twitter user, retweeted the report after it was shared by Times Union editor Casey Seiler. However, Tapper made no mention of the sixth accuser on his show, ‘The Lead.’ The rest of his CNN colleagues similarly avoided the story,” the report continued.
When the Times Union published a follow-up report Wednesday upgrading its description of the encounter, writing that the governor had allegedly “aggressively groped” the victim, Tapper once again tweeted the news but reportedly abstained from speaking about it on air.
“A female aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo alleges he aggressively groped her in a sexually charged manner after she had been summoned to the Executive Mansion late last year, according to a person with direct knowledge of the woman’s claims” https://t.co/GqScIhHvLc via @TimesUnion
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 11, 2021
“The inexplicable omission continued Friday, even after New York magazine published an essay written by Cuomo’s seventh accuser, former Albany reporter Jessica Bakeman. Bakeman alleged that the governor touched her inappropriately and made her feel uncomfortable in an attempt to impose his power on the young journalist,” according to Fox News.
Indeed, during Friday’s brief discussion, Tapper referenced only five accusers.
“There are accounts by several women, at least five, mostly former employees accusing him of inappropriate conduct, sexual harassment. There are hard documents, even confirmation from a member of his staff that his office hid that nursing home death data,” the CNN host said.
Speaking with Fox News, conservative commentator Stephen Miller speculated that these discrepancies are no accident.
“He plays the role [CNN President] Jeff Zucker wants him to play, like pretty much everyone else at CNN. Pretty simple,” Miller reportedly said.
What’s known for certain is that, one, CNN has in general dedicated a noticeably small amount of time to Cuomo’s scandals, and two, CNN was awfully late reporting on the original allegations.
“CNN ended its on-air blackout of sexual harassment allegations leveled against Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday after more than 24 hours of ignoring the story with a brief update that echoed the governor’s talking points about his accuser,” Fox News confirmed on Feb. 25th.
It seems that whatever “club” Cuomo is a member of, chances are CNN too is a member.