@NYGovCuomo’s fall from grace has been quick, dramatic...and deserved.

So it felt like a good time for a side-by-side to revisit how fawning (and downright silly) some of the media coverage was back in the Spring.👇
There’s no better place to start off than with @CNN & @ChrisCillizza. At left, we have a take from March. At right, we have last week.

Let me know when you can spot the difference.
Perhaps @ABC’s new reporting can add some context and color to this piece from March, titled “The coronavirus crisis is the moment Andrew Cuomo has prepared for all his life.”
Mere hours ago, @MSNBC decided it was time to finally speak out about Cuomo’s latest criticisms.

Perhaps next time they could address the unchallenged opportunity they gave Cuomo in June to defend his nursing home policy on their program?
This from @washingtonpost is presented without introduction.
It’s gotta be tough when you even lose @TODAYshow, after they gave you a podium to hawk your book and ask if Cuomo would “accept” the position of AG under Biden.
It’s been refreshing to see @intelligencer come around.

Even if the tweet on the left - from a “long conversation” about how Cuomo “has become one of the most trusted American voices on the pandemic” - was from just four months ago.
And it also took them a while, but it appears that even @NPR has wizened up to Cuomo.

In retrospect, I’m not sure that “listening to the experts and sticking to the facts” can rightly be called “character traits” for Governor Cuomo.
I mean. Cuomo has even lost @TheDailyShow.
I want to pause here to draw attention to some of the good coverage from local outlets who dogged Cuomo for months about being evasive and dishonest.

Here’s just the tip of the iceberg, from @NY1, @the_citizen, @siadvance and @ABC7
And some mainstream national outlets - particularly those based in New York - had really good coverage, too.

Here are some examples from @nytimes, NY Post and @NewYorker. There were many more valuable stories from each of these outlets.
And we can’t forget about the work done by leading conservative voices and outlets - including @WSJ and the indefatigable @JaniceDean - who have been holding Cuomo’s feet to the fire all along.
(Also, if you haven’t, this @propublica piece is really, really good and worth your time.) google.com/amp/s/www.prop…
Okay, back to the bad.

Not everyone has found the time - at least not yet - to cover @NYGovCuomo’s fall.

Despite constant attention back in the Spring, @ChrisCuomo has suddenly lost interest in what people have to say about his brother, as @FoxNews & @JosephWulfsohn report.
Once upon a time, @Yamiche felt compelled to give us a nightly update of how the Brothers Cuomo were doing.

But as Gov. Cuomo’s tragic handling of the pandemic has come to light, she hasn’t been as interested. No tweets about him since the end of May.
She isn’t alone among media personalities who aren’t related to the Governor.

Perhaps @JoyAnnReid would like to revisit her (no longer pinned) tweet? She hasn’t mentioned Cuomo since June.

Seems a good time to discuss Cuomo as a “crisis manager.”
And speaking of a good time for an @MSNBC person to revisit their love of Cuomo, where’s @MaddowBlog/@maddow been?

Surely Cuomo would love to come back on your program, as he did back in May?
I wasn’t holding my breath for @nowthisnews to come around but it is pretty remarkable that they’re still doing live broadcasts of Cuomo’s updates and nothing else - admittedly without the color and context they used to.
While Cuomo hasn’t lost @TheView yet it may be an interesting time for them to revisit his (entirely unchallenged) comment from just a couple of months ago that Trump is “responsible for every death in this country”
And do we still get the movie, @VanityFair?
As I told @StuDoesAmerica on Friday, we should welcome those looking to hold @NYGovCuomo accountable with open arms.

But we can’t ignore how bad the early coverage was. Especially because many of the early claims made were never true to begin with.
The facts were always out there. Here’s @syracusedotcom reporting **in May** about the nursing homes crisis, while many left-leaning outlets were fawning over Cuomo.

And even after this, the guy wrote a book! That people promoted! About leadership!
The behavior of certain outlets to cover for @NYGovCuomo has been a danger for New Yorkers, a discredit to their fellows in the media who reported courageously, and a disservice to all Americans.

It isn’t as bad as Cuomo’s failures but it’s deserving of condemnation of its own.

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19 Feb

A lot of media outlets are more comfortable extending charity to terrorists than conservatives when they leave this life.

The passing of Rush Limbaugh was the latest reminder. If you don’t believe me, look how his obits stack up to Iranian butcher Qasem Soleimani.⤵️
I ask this earnestly:

If your only exposure to each man was @nytimes’s respective obituaries, would you rather be Rush “divisive style of mockery, grievance and denigrating language” Limbaugh or Qassim “master of Iran’s intrigue” Suleimani? ImageImage
It would be one thing if this were just one outlet with an off-color and confrontational obit.

But it wasn’t. I mean. Cmon, @Reuters.

Limbaugh gets distilled down to a “Trump ally” but Soleimani “sought stability” ImageImage
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18 Feb
This is peak ‘play stupid games win stupid prizes’ territory. I think Haberman’s general contention is probably true but it’s because people like Haley invest their time and energy trying to play sides/win favors rather than have principle/govern.
So if you’re a pol whose moral and intellectual center isn’t enough to ground you (see Haley, Nikki) then, yes, you’re going to get burned and snubbed.
Which I think is a feature, not a bug, of the system. It punishes fake people far more than it does people who are committed to something (even something you or I may not like) - people with some kind of through-line, like Romney or Larry Hogan, Cotton or Mike Lee.
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18 Feb
This is a bad faith argument. Student loan debt is disproportionately held by those w/ higher incomes, and those in the lowest quartile own the lowest percentage of it.

Student debt forgiveness represents an enormous financial transfer from the financial have-nots to the haves. Image
Also, that money is disproportionately owed by those who took on debt to go to grad school - including just about anyone who owes over 50k.

Even if you concede AOC’s worldview (I certainly don’t), why is that decision something anyone should subsidize?
There are lots of bad arguments about student loan debt forgiveness but the most frustrating (to me) part is that it does the opposite of what its advocates call for: it transfers money from poorer, more racially diverse people to wealthier, whiter people. It’s VERY regressive.
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12 Feb
Does Nikki Haley even believe Nikki Haley at this point?
Gonna do a thread that’s just Haley vs. Haley on all the things she’s changed her mind on.
Like whatever listen to the political consultants but maybe not make a new announcement every single time they change their mind?
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12 Feb

The walls are closing in on @NYGovCuomo. Last night, news broke that his office hid 9000 Covid patients sent back to nursing homes.

Why’d it take so long to come out? I’ve got a theory: The media wasn’t interested in accountability.

Don’t believe me? Take a look👇
Some context. @AP scooped that @NYGovCuomo & his admin had hidden the number of Covid patients his rules had returned to nursing homes - spreading the pandemic among the most vulnerable - to avoid DOJ scrutiny.

Nursing homes account for 1/3rd of ALL US deaths in the pandemic.
But you would have no idea that Cuomo was anything less than perfect if you spent your time watching @CNN.

It’s really hard to overstate not just the frequency of the coverage but it’s abject lack of anything that could be called honest journalism.

I mean. Look.
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12 Feb
The way the media covered Cuomo during the pandemic is the most shameful sequence of journalism I’ve ever seen.

If you don’t believe me, I’ve got troves of receipts coming tomorrow.
Usually I wait until end of day but I think these ones gotta come out in the morning.
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