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STUDY: TV Smothers Cuomo Nursing Dwelling Deaths With Harassment Fees


Actually thousands of New Yorkers died within the state’s nursing houses in the course of the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, however a brand new Media Analysis Middle examine exhibits the nationwide media are a lot much less occupied with overlaying that horrifying scandal than the sexual harassment accusations towards Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.

From the primary community night information point out of Cuomo’s nursing house scandal almost ten months in the past (on the Could 11, 2020 NBC Nightly Information) by means of Sunday evening, the ABC, CBS and NBC night newscasts have devoted a mere quarter-hour, 35 seconds to the story — most of which got here after the January 28, 2021 report by the state’s Legal professional Basic, Letitia James, charging that the Cuomo administration vastly under-reported nursing house deaths.

In distinction, in simply the previous 11 days those self same broadcasts have devoted nearly 3 times as a lot protection — 44 minutes, 14 seconds — on allegations from a number of ladies that Cuomo sexually harassed them lately.

Whereas each tales painted the Governor and his group in a extremely unfavorable mild, there’s no query Cuomo administration’s negligent nursing house insurance policies had a a lot wider and extra horrible affect. But that story was, inexplicably, getting far much less consideration from the nationwide information networks — whilst the general pandemic had dominated newscasts for a full 12 months.

In fact, final December it didn’t appear as if  the harassment story would go anyplace, both. The networks couldn’t have cared much less as they completely ignored the preliminary allegation towards Cuomo, tweeted by former staffer Lindsey Boylan on December 13, 2020. Then on February 25, after Boylan expanded on her fees, solely ABC’s World Information Tonight bothered to even point out them (giving the information a scant 39 seconds), whereas the CBS Night Information and NBC Nightly Information stated nothing.

However the harassment story picked up steam after the New York Times reported {that a} second staffer, Charlotte Bennett, additionally accused Cuomo of wrongdoing, quickly followed by a 3rd lady who stated Cuomo grabbed her and kissed her at a marriage. This weekend, more former staffers also came forward to allege the Governor engaged in improper conduct.

These allegations have develop into the nationwide media sensation that the much more deadly nursing house story had not. CBS Night Information anchor Norah O’Donnell devoted massive parts of her newscast on Thursday and Friday to an interview with Bennett, who urged the laudatory national media coverage Cuomo enjoyed within the spring of 2020 had “emboldened” him: “I believe he felt like he was untouchable in a number of methods.”

In 2020, MRC discovered 401 references to Cuomo on the night newscasts, with only two mentions of the nursing house scandal amounting to a scant 51 seconds. From January 28 by means of February 25, as damning revelations confirmed how the Cuomo administration had covered-up the true dying toll, these similar newscasts solely produced one other 10 minutes, 56 seconds on the subject.

Because the harassment story exploded on February 28, the nursing house story nearly disappeared from the newscasts, with ABC and NBC skipping it for 3 straight nights. The story garnered solely 4 minutes, 34 seconds of further protection in the course of the previous week — roughly one tenth of what the networks gave to the harassment accusations — regardless of necessary developments: the state legislature stripped Cuomo of his emergency powers, and a New York Times report claimed the Cuomo administration deliberately doctored the state’s nursing house dying toll in a report.

It’s not as if the media have been attempting to assist the Governor — protection of Cuomo’s harassment scandal has been completely devastating. So why can’t the nationwide press put the identical vitality into overlaying the horrifying story of how Cuomo mishandled his state’s coronavirus response, with lethal penalties?