ABC News Softball Interview With "Luv Guv" Cuomo Hits Janice Dean the Wrong Way, and She Calls Them Out

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In this photo provided by the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo briefs the media at Marist College, Friday, May 8, 2020, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Darren McGee/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)


ABC News reporter Amy Robach did an “interview” with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) earlier this week that made his brother Chris Cuomo’s “Q-tip” segment on CNN from last month look like the gold standard of investigative journalism.

In case you missed it, Free Beacon compiled a highlight reel that demonstrated the absurdly unserious nature of the interview at a time when Cuomo is facing more questions back home about the nursing home scandal and other examples of his failed leadership during the Wuhan virus outbreak.

Watch below as Robach throws him softball after softball, at one point gushing about how he had been dubbed “the Luv Guv” by the New York Post, and mentioning how Chelsea Handler “wrote you a love letter essay.” Not one question – not one – on his nursing home executive order from March that some are blaming for the deaths of thousands of senior citizens in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities in New York:


Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean, who has been focused like a laser beam on holding Cuomo accountable for the deaths of her in-laws, was not amused:


Let’s be even more blunt about this. That wasn’t a reporter interviewing an elected official with hardhitting questions. This was a woman fangirling and fawning over a man whose disastrous decisions and failure to work alongside NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (who is equally culpable here) to come up with a unified strategy in the early days of the virus are inarguably responsible for the spread of the virus not just in his state, but all over the country.

Robach all but asked for his autograph and a picture together.


I understand after the leak of the tape with her comments about how ABC allegedly killed her Jeffrey Epstein story that she might be eager to get back into the good graces of the network, but this was just appalling, a low point in a series of lows we’ve seen in journalism this year.

Someone she leave this question on Robach’s desk as a friendly reminder to remember what’s important here (hint: plumping pillows for Democratic politicians does not fall into the category of “important” in the real world):

Journalists have got to do better than this. They won’t, but they should.


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