Chris Cuomo claimed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was amongst Republicans holding vaccinated folks “hostage” — sparking criticism from conservatives who accused the CNN anchor of being a COVID-19 hypocrite.
The journalist made the feedback in a rambling query to a visitor on “Cuomo Prime Time” on Friday.
“The query turns into, as a coverage perspective, is how lengthy do you enable the vast majority of this nation, Republicans, Democrats, independents, south, north, the majority of each group and demographic now we have, have gotten vaccinated, how lengthy do you enable them to be held hostage in states, let’s say, like Florida, the place you may have the governor saying, ‘Yeah, I do know it’s breaking out, I’m going the different manner, don’t Fauci my Florida, no masks mandates, I’ll let the mother and father determine,’” he mentioned.
In mentioning the governor of Florida — the place greater than 21,000 new cases of COVID were reported Friday alone — Cuomo referred to DeSantis, who has issued a few of the least restrictive pandemic measures within the nation.
Fox Information contributor Joe Concha mentioned Cuomo disqualified himself from commenting on COVID-19-related issues, given his personal habits and that of his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“Chris Cuomo ought to recuse himself from commenting on another governor’s actions because it pertains to COVID,” Concha reportedly mentioned. “This is identical man who got testing earlier than anybody in New York might within the early stage of the pandemic, because of his brother. The identical man who broke his own quarantine whereas he was shedding the virus.”
Concha additionally accused the primetime CNN host — who reportedly advised his governor brother on how to reply to the sexual harassment and assault allegations levied in opposition to him — of being an “activist” and never a journalist.
“Chris Cuomo proceeded to advise him on how one can beat these allegations, proving he’s not an anchor, however an activist,” Concha informed Fox Information. “Take his opinion with a fraction of a grain of salt.”
In a tweet Friday morning, Cuomo shared related ideas on the “hostage” scenario.
“Not solely a gotcha query that exhibits a lack of awareness by the asker however is proof of dangerous media apply of including to division by projecting ignorance as animus,” he posted, linking to an Instagram video of Biden correcting a Fox Information reporter’s query. “Because of this the vaccinated are held hostage.”
Meteorologist Janice Dean shot back at Cuomo, “You’re the very definition of ‘dangerous media apply.’ 1) interviewing (however by no means asking) your brother about his nursing dwelling loss of life scandal 2) mendacity about your ‘quarantine’ 3) Covid VIP exams for your loved ones and buddies 4) giving large bro and firm sexual harassment recommendation.”
Others additionally accused Cuomo of not at all times exhibiting aboveboard journalism ethics.
“Governor Cuomo’s disaster communications coordinator weighs in,” tweeted Newsmax reporter Logan Ratick.
Nicholas Fondacaro of the Media Analysis Heart responded, “You lied about quarantine, peddled lies about DeSantis hiding knowledge to make your brother look good, and tried to cover-up your brother killing nursing dwelling residents.”
The most recent firestorm got here in June when social media customers blasted the “Cuomo Prime Time” host when he requested in Twitter for examples of him ignoring details that don’t match his worldview.
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