现在, 科莫因多项性骚扰指控离职, 另一个被媒体支持的人物是特朗普的反对者，他以惊人的方式崩溃了, following Democratic attorney Michael Avenatti and the scandal-ridden Lincoln Project.
“Governor Cuomo out there day after day after day- everything Trump isn’t; 诚实, direct, 勇敢的,” MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace said of Cuomo last year, also referring to him as “one of the heroes on the frontlines.”
“This has been a remarkable show of leadership by Governor Cuomo in recent days,” CNN’s Brian Stelter said. “He’s providing hope, but not false hope.”
“With all of this adulation that you’re getting for doing your job, are you thinking about running for president?” CNN anchor Chris Cuomo asked his brother during their 11-part series of chummy interviews.
New York Times media columnist Ben Smith wrote the governor was “the control freak we need right now” and praised CNN’s journalistically unethical Cuomo-Cuomo ratings ploy as “riveting,” 写作 “two brothers who share corny jokes and coronavirus fears are turning the ‘Cuomo’ name into its own source of trust.”
Cuomo’s celebrity status among liberals reached such soaring heights that many of his fans, including Trevor Noah and Ellen DeGeneres, began identifying themselves as “Cuomosexuals.”
一年后, Cuomo stunned the nation by announcing his resignation following a state investigation outlining sexual harassment allegations from 11 女人.
然而, anyone who wasn’t a “Cuomosexual” knew the governor’s troubles began long before the AG report.
While much of the media fawned over Cuomo’s daily press briefings and the Cuomo Brothers comedy hour on CNN, the governor signed a controversial order directing nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients to prevent overwhelming hospitals. Later reversed by Cuomo, it was blamed for upwards of 15,000 elderly patient deaths in nursing homes, and the New York Attorney General later confirmed the Cuomo administration significantly undercounted COVID deaths in a report released in January.
The nursing home scandal is not the only controversy that has potential criminal implications. Various reports earlier this year revealed Cuomo used government employees to draft his book and his administration allocated state resources for his friends and family to receive prioritized COVID testing – including his CNN star brother – in the early weeks of the pandemic as ordinary New Yorkers struggled for such access.
Despite all the COVID-related crises that have clouded Cuomo, it was the sexual harassment claims that catapulted his ousting.
The media was slow to take Cuomo’s alleged misconduct seriously. Lindsey Boylan, a former aide, claimed on Twitter in December 2020 she was sexually harassed by the governor and revealed in February the details of what she said transpired. All five major networks, 有线电视新闻网, MSNBC, 美国广播公司, CBS and NBC, 最初 skipped Boylan’s allegations, only to shed light on Cuomo’s alleged predatory behavior as more accusers came forward.
库莫, now just days from leaving office, is being attacked by the same media that lauded him last year. So what changed? Just the occupant in the White House.
Much of the praise Cuomo received was framed to disparage former President Donald Trump. As MSNBC’s Joy Reid once put it, “Maybe Trump is just a little bit mad that Governor Cuomo has become a kind of acting president.” 与此同时, Cuomo’s nursing home scandal, which began brewing in May 2020, was virtually ignored by the press. But now with President Joe Biden in office, the governor’s controversies have all become fair game.
That being said, Cuomo was far from the only media-bolstered champion of the #Resistance only to have fallen from grace.
Michael Avenatti burst onto the political scene in early 2018 as the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels in her litigation against Trump, whom she claimed to have had an affair with in 2006 and then been paid off to stay quiet about it.
While launching a legal battle, Avenatti boldly predicted Trump will not “serve out his term” based on the dirt he was pursuing to publicize. Whether or not he actually believed what he said remains unknown, but his media cheerleaders took him seriously right from the beginning.
“He’s out there saving the country!” Joy Behar of “风景” exclaimed, declaring he’s the “only person … Donald Trump fears more than Robert Mueller.”
“No one has talked tougher directly to Donald Trump than Michael Avenatti and Donald Trump is afraid to mention his name,” MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell similarly said.
Brian Stelter, CNN’s leftwing media guru, told Avenatti directly that he was “服用 [他] 严重地” as a presidential contender because of his cable news savviness.
Avenatti refused to allow the news cycle to move on without him as he injected himself in the contentious Supreme Court confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He infamously represented Julie Swetnick, the woman who alleged she was gang-raped at parties attended by Kavanaugh. The media was quick to embrace the explosive, unsubstantiated claim and welcomed the anti-Trump lawyer for a new round of TV appearances.
一个 研究 from NewsBusters determined Avenatti made over 200 combined appearances on CNN and MSNBC throughout the year. He was even invited on “风景” as a guest co-host.
Like Cuomo, Avenatti managed to skate through nearly every interview he partook in since the media viewed him as “an existential threat to the Trump presidency,” as Stephen Colbert introduced him on “The Late Show.”
然而, like Cuomo, Avenatti’s shady behavior caught up to him.
在 2019, the once outspoken lawyer had the right to remain silent as he was charged with trying $ 25 million from Nike. He was later found guilty and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.
Avenatti also will stand trial in Los Angeles this year on charges of defrauding clients out of millions, and next year he will go to court in Manhattan again after Daniels alleged he stole $ 300,000 from her on a book deal.
The media was certainly put in an awkward spot when they were forced to cover Avenatti’s legal woes. A CBS News correspondent 承认的 on-air, “maybe we went about covering him the wrong way.”
MSNBC, 与此同时, offered the prison sentence less than two minutes of coverage following his steamy love affair with the Peacock network, which had him more than 100 次. As Wallace once said in one of her typically obsequious interviews with a liberal guest, “I’m just dying to hear what you think.”
But it wasn’t just individuals like Cuomo and Avenatti who were heralded by the media as warriors to slay the orange dragon before their own downfalls. There was a coalition of grift that followed the same trajectory.
在十二月 2019, several #NeverTrump current and former Republicans, including cable news pundits Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson and lawyer George Conway, founded The Lincoln Project. Framed as a super PAC that fought for classic GOP values, its sole mission was to troll Trump and punish any Republican who dared to support him.
Its launch was announced prominently on the op-ed pages of The New York Times.