That New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is finally getting his just deserts on the nursing home scandal conservative media outlets drew attention to months ago is a good thing – for victims of his COVID nursing home policy, the families of the victims, and for people interested in holding government officials accountable when they set bad policy that has deadly consequences.
That said, it’s not a good thing for the Andrew Cuomo apologists at CNN who for months treated any potential scandal involving the “Luv Gov” as either a nothingburger, overblown or a right-wing conspiracy, partly because Cuomo’s little brother Chris is a nightly anchor on the channel (and “interviewed” him frequently), and partly because they preferred using President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as whipping boys to blame for all of Cuomo’s disastrous mistakes.
But now Cuomo’s judgment day in the eyes of the public has finally arrived. It’s a big story and national media outlets like the New York Times and Fox News are covering it. CNN is, too, to be fair, but in their usual phony “we never saw this coming!” kind of way.
Now that CNN has given the story some obligatory coverage, it’s apparently time to move on from the story. That’s the impression one gets from Brian Stelter’s media hall monitor sidekick Oliver Darcy, who whined on the Twitter machine today about how Fox News had cut away from a White House coronavirus briefing to report more on the Cuomo story:
Fox has cut away from the White House press briefing on coronavirus to do a segment going after NY Gov. Cuomo.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 29, 2021
Darcy, who fancies himself as an expert of sorts on journalism, promptly received lessons on journalism from people all too familiar with his tiresome schtick:
I simply can't imagine the thought process where a governor–lauded for his response to a global pandemic–was caught knowingly hiding deaths of a global pandemic isn't news. https://t.co/gh3hMF3S7I
— Arthur Boreman Once Held His Breath for 30 Seconds (@ArthurBoreman) January 29, 2021
Meanwhile, CNN evenings featured two brothers bantering (one a CNN anchor and one the sitting governor) with no questions about one of the biggest issues facing New York: nursing home deaths. https://t.co/jRnjbGNRat
— Billy Hallowell (@BillyHallowell) January 29, 2021
Care to tell us exactly what it is that Cuomo is being targeted for?
Plan on avoiding it for much longer?
— Alexander (@AAlexanderG7) January 29, 2021
RedState editor-at-large Kira Davis justifiably ripped him a new one:
Oh noes!! A major news channel refusing to cover the President’s agenda at any given time bc they prefer to repackage& contextualize it later according to their own political bias? Say it isn’t so, Oliver! Why, this is just unprecedented. https://t.co/ui2HCR6850
— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) January 29, 2021
Heh. Yep. Not to mention the fact that here we have a CNNer whining about Fox News’ coverage of an issue they practically buried all year last year because Orange Man Bad:
CNN tried to help cover for Andrew Cuomo and Oliver is out here whining about FOX reporting on the news of NY covering up Covid deaths from nursing homes lmfaoooooo https://t.co/355nvDlgwr pic.twitter.com/dsToFajUbh
— Branson Taylor (@Btaylor74) January 29, 2021
For a “media reporter”, Oliver Darcy sure doesn’t do media “reporting” very well, does he?