Chris Cuomo claimed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was amongst Republicans holding vaccinated individuals “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 we now have, have gotten vaccinated, how lengthy do you enable them to be held hostage in states, let’s say, like Florida, the place you’ve gotten the governor saying, ‘Yeah, I do know it’s breaking out, I’m going the different means, don’t Fauci my Florida, no masks mandates, I’ll let the mother and father determine,’” he stated.
In mentioning the governor of Florida — the place greater than 21,000 new circumstances of COVID had been reported Friday alone — Cuomo referred to DeSantis, who has issued a number of the least restrictive pandemic measures within the nation.
Fox Information contributor Joe Concha stated 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 every other governor’s actions because it pertains to COVID,” Concha reportedly stated. “This is identical man who obtained 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 personal quarantine whereas he was shedding the virus.”
Concha additionally accused the primetime CNN host — who reportedly suggested his governor brother on how to reply to the sexual harassment and assault allegations levied towards him — of being an “activist” and never a journalist.
“Chris Cuomo proceeded to advise him on methods to beat these allegations, proving he’s not an anchor, however an activist,” Concha advised Fox Information. “Take his opinion with a fraction of a grain of salt.”
In a tweet Friday morning, Cuomo shared comparable ideas on the “hostage” state of affairs.
“Not solely a gotcha query that exhibits a lack of information by the asker however is proof of unhealthy media observe 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. “That is why the vaccinated are held hostage.”
Meteorologist Janice Dean shot again at Cuomo, “You’re the very definition of ‘unhealthy media observe.’ 1) interviewing (however by no means asking) your brother about his nursing house demise scandal 2) mendacity about your ‘quarantine’ 3) Covid VIP exams for your loved ones and associates 4) giving huge bro and firm sexual harassment recommendation.”
Others additionally accused Cuomo of not all the time exhibiting aboveboard journalism ethics.
“Governor Cuomo’s disaster communications coordinator weighs in,” tweeted Newsmax reporter Logan Ratick.
Nicholas Fondacaro of the Media Analysis Middle responded, “You lied about quarantine, peddled lies about DeSantis hiding information to make your brother look good, and tried to cover-up your brother killing nursing house 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 info that don’t match his worldview.