The Despicable Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo’s book on handling a pandemic stands at 320 pages in length, but would’ve been much more accurate if it just simply contained the words “Don’t do anything I did”

The ‘stanning’ of politicians is nothing new — the Trump years saw one of America’s largest two parties dissolve into little more than a personality cult — but the idolisation of Cuomo felt particularly depraved. Cuomo wasn’t just another useless, do-nothing politician, he was an incredibly powerful man, facing the test of a lifetime and failing miserably — to the extent that he ever utilised his power, he utilised it to harm, not help, his citizens. It was especially enraging to see who was deifying Cuomo; the Democrats, the media, the #Resistance — the same people who would’ve gone red with rage if Cuomo’s actions had instead been perpetrated by the then-President. It was startling to see the same media institutions who, rightfully, were ruthless in their scrutiny of Trump, not even try to hold the Governor to account.

When Lindsey Boylan accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, the media-at-large brushed over her story; reducing her to little more than a punchline on SNL

It cannot be overstated how damaging and disastrous the consequences are of how the media failed to adequately hold Cuomo’s feet to the fire. The CNN’s and MSNBC’s of the world have loved nothing more than to spend the last four years talking about how important the role of the press is, but when they had the opportunity to scrutinise an incredibly dangerous leader, they failed to do so. In the absence of such scrutiny, Cuomo was allowed to position himself as a leader on Coronavirus; he even ended up writing a best-selling book on handling the pandemic. The book stands at 320 pages in length, but would’ve been much more accurate if it just simply contained the words “Don’t do anything I did”.

When Cuomo said “Who cares? They died”, it was clear that large portions of the media did not in fact care.

Not just did the media not care about his handling of COVID, they didn’t seem to care about any of his failings. When Lindsey Boylan — a former Cuomo aide and Manhattan politician — accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, the media-at-large brushed over her story; reducing her to little more than a punchline on SNL.

Political analysis | Bylines: Rantt Media, Extra Newsfeed, PMP Magazine, Backbench, Dialogue and Discourse | Editor: Breakthrough

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