Andrew Cuomo

Media malpractice and the myth of Cuomo

Christopher Bedford of the Federalist doesn’t blame New York’s governor alone for misleading the public about his job performance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Did he ever take blame? No, and for nearly a year we’ve been treated to lie after lie. First, he blamed the federal government for the deaths in New York, saying, “The reason that happened was because we had the virus coming from Europe when the federal government told us the virus was coming from China.”

Over the next year, he would blame nursing home staff (for bringing the COVID in), President Donald Trump (for being “cruel” by pinning it on him), the Department of Justice (for “conspiracy theories”) and even his fellow governors (“You have 45 other states to point fingers at first”).

At one point, he claimed he didn’t even sign the order at all (“I hate to get technical with you”). Also, that whole COVID patients sent to nursing homes thing? “It never happened.” Just in case, though, he made clear he wouldn’t be cooperating with any investigations.

And what did the corporate media do? They got creepy, worshipping him like something between a savior and a manipulative boyfriend. …

… While Fox News weatherwoman Janice Dean loudly and publicly accused Cuomo of complicity in the deaths of both of her in-laws, her colleagues at leftist outlets thanked him for his leadership. While The Federalist, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and Daily Caller demanded answers, Hollywood’s Academy of Television Arts and Science awarded him an Emmy “in recognition of his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his masterful use of TV to inform and calm people around the world.” While families were lied to in a now exposed political cover-up, they complimented his book on “Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Transparency, the book teaches is, is key.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...