New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was propped up by the media during the coronavirus pandemic. It looks like they’re still at it through the latest scandals — can it last?
Cuomo has been accused of two serious, career-ending allegations, first regarding his policy that may have killed thousands of nursing home residents and now accusations of sexual harassment, Fox News reported. However, the mainstream media simply refuses to cover it.
The governor had required nursing homes to admit patients positive for COVID-19, possibly leading to thousands of deaths before the policy was reversed. Earlier this month, top aide Melissa De Rosa admitted that the governor’s office concealed the true number of patients who died in nursing homes because of that failed policy fearing retribution from then-President Donald Trump.
The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn are currently investigating whether Cuomo sought to conceal that information. Democratic state Assemblyman Ron Kim, whom Cuomo attempted to bully into silence over the issue, has called for his impeachment.
Adding to this trouble are allegations of sexual harassment from Lindsey Boylan, former deputy secretary for economic development and one of Cuomo’s special advisers. Following up on a December tweet that the media ignored, Boylan published an essay in Medium Thursday charging Cuomo “created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected.”
She said Cuomo asked her to “play strip poker,” would often go “out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs,” and kissed her on the lips without consent. “The Governor exploited my weaknesses, my desire to do good work and to be respected. I was made to believe this was the world I needed to survive in,” she said.
After hearing a similar account from another staffer and seeing Cuomo’s name bandied about for U.S. Attorney General, Boylan decided to finally send out those tweets to share what she’d experienced. “In a few tweets, I told the world what a few close friends, family members and my therapist had known for years: Andrew Cuomo abused his power as Governor to sexually harass me, just as he had done with so many other women,” Boylan wrote.
Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched.
I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years.
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) December 13, 2020
The mainstream media should have been all over her story then, and certainly should care about it now that both scandals erupting for Cuomo. Instead, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC have largely remained silent during their evening news broadcasts. They’re still doing his bidding instead of protecting women from predators. Apparently, victim advocacy only applies selectively and never when it may hurt a Democratic politician they’ve propped up — at least for now.