NY Gov Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment - Media Blackout
ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC all ignore explosive allegations against Democrat governor
New York's Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo, has been accused of sexual assault by a former top aide, yet several major "news" networks completely ignored the explosive allegations.
As the accusations emerged on Wednesday, ABC, CBS, and NBC all joined CNN and MSNBC in avoiding mention of the bombshell claims against Gov. Cuomo during their evening news programs.
Cuomo's former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser, Lindsey Boylan, came forward to accuse the governor of inappropriate behavior and gave a detailed account of alleged repeated sexual harassment.
Boylan alleged in an essay published on the website Medium that Cuomo went "out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms, and legs."
She also accused the governor of forcibly kissing her on the lips during a one-on-one briefing and suggesting that they "play strip poker" during a plane ride.
The governor's office has denied Boylan's harassment claims, insisting the strip poker comment "did not happen" and calling the allegations "simply false."
As NewsBusters previously noted, the three networks ignored Boylan when she took to Twitter back in December when she first made her sexual harassment claim against Cuomo, though she did not share details at the time.
CNN, the home network of the governor's brother Chris Cuomo, made zero mention of the allegations on its air or on CNN.com hours after Boylan came forward with her claims, according to Grabien transcripts and search results on the network's website.
MSNBC also skipped coverage of the sexual harassment allegations facing the already-embattled Democrat.
However, the liberal network did offer brief coverage of Cuomo's ongoing nursing home scandal, reporting on a new Marist poll that showed 61% of New York voters believe Cuomo did something wrong with his handling of the state's nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
CNN, along with "Cuomo Prime Time" anchor Chris Cuomo, have made an unprecedented push to downplay and deflect from the controversies surrounding the New York Democrat.
The far-left network has been giving developments in the nursing home scandal little to no airtime.
Previously, however, CNN was allowing the governor's anchor brother free rein to conduct friendly, comical interviews with the scandal-plagued governor in the early months of the pandemic.
While the governor is now facing allegations of sexual harassment and bullying from Boylan, the CNN anchor gushed in an interview from May that his brother was "single and ready to mingle."
Earlier this month, CNN said Chris Cuomo was barred from covering his brother and admitted network brass lifted the "rule" last year for the host to conduct his chummy fraternal interviews.
Gov. Cuomo's administration is reportedly under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn after critics accused officials of covering up the true number of COVID nursing home deaths in the state.
Early in the pandemic, the governor ordered assisted living facilities to accept COVID-positive patients in order to keep hospital beds free.