On one level, one has to admire the Cuomos’ moxie: around the same time they were heating up in the press for their testing preference, they were also hopping over another good ethical line, like playing double Dutch. As the Washington Post Chris reported several times on Thursday evening in the spring of 2021, giving Andrew advice on how to respond to the sexual harassment allegations. Chris deserves the obvious blow in trying to serve two masters at the same time – his brother’s political career and his duty as an above-average journalist. But Andrew also deserved to actively endanger the little brother’s career by seeking political advice. Chris’ instructions? He allegedly told Andrew, defy the calls to resign. Although CNN admitted that an anchor should never advise a pole in such confidentiality, the network said goodbye to Chris again! No reprimand was issued. However, CNN described his behavior as “inappropriate” and insisted, “He will not participate in such conversations in the future.”
At the start of his Thursday night show, Chris was contrite and defiant at the same time, a bit like Richard Nixon in his lady Speech. Cuomo apologized for advising and calling his brother a “mistake”, claiming it would not happen again, and admitting that it “put his colleagues in a bad place”. But he’s also adamant defended his demeanor. “I’m family first. Job second,” he said. He sought the sympathy of his audience by claiming that he “cut himself off” from journalistic coverage of his brother and never tried to influence CNN’s coverage of Andrew. The Mea Culpa rang weakly because Chris would have covered his brother in the most flattering light from March to June 2020 when interviewing his brother at least nine times on the air about New York’s Covid-19 response. For one thing, these CNN haywire questions and answers were flattering, gag-filled, towel-snapping affairs that served to burn Andrew’s reputation as a pandemic savior and humanize his gruff political image. The Savior’s story was wrong, of course. Cuomo helpers that New York Times reported In March of this year, a report on a nursing home was rewritten to hide the higher death toll in Covid.
The Cuomos’ ability to brave their scandals leaves you wondering if Al Franken was possibly too quick to bow to pressure and resign from his Senate seat in 2017 after being accused of making undesirable sexual advances a decade ago. That thought came to Franken after Ralph Northam, the Democratic governor of Virginia, stopped by after posting blackface photos in 2019. Northam downplayed the criticism, apologized quietly – and kept his position. He was never stronger politically.
However, the master who overcame the storms of scandal must be Donald Trump. During his first presidential campaign, he kept saying things about Mexicans, John McCain, Ted Cruz’s wife, Ted Cruz’s father, and – via archival videotape – the part of the body he liked to grab onto women who should have thrown him out of politics and life. But Trump’s secret was always to operate without shame and never let the shouts and criticism hurt you. Oh, he denied bedding an adult movie actress and a former playboy Put ontoo, but with so little emphasis that it was easy to read his denials as confirmation. And so it went on during his presidency, with his comments on “crap countries” and his pardoning suspected war criminals and his disregard for the remuneration clause and his occasional racism and everything else. The filth of the scandal and shame never shamed Trump’s gears enough to slow him down. Even today, the January 6th travesty, for which he bears great and permanent guilt, does not really affect his political fate. Would you like to accuse him of attempting a coup? Go straight ahead. It can withstand its orange fur.
Could Trump have wielded his powers of shamelessness so brilliantly if Bill Clinton had not endured the punishment of his own sex scandals? Clinton wanted it in several ways – to say his life was his own business, that his marriage was imperfect, and also the lie that he had no sexual relations “with this woman” before finally breaking down. The biggest difference between Trump and Clinton, however, is how they take their pastes. Trump gets up and takes it like a masochist with a face that says, is that all you got? Clinton gets embarrassed, sometimes angry, but eventually pulls his head and tender parts in like a turtle and lets his critics pound his clam until they get tired.
What makes the Cuomos and people like Trump so bulletproof? All three have their enablers. Andrew’s popularity rose in the early days of Covid when he played the role of a competent administrator on television. Although current surveys showing a measurable drop in his approval rating; he’s still got a lock on some of his most loyal voters, Unions and black leaders. Meanwhile, Chris appears to be under a spell on CNN, which has held him back over indiscretions that would fire him or at least suspend him elsewhere. And Trump? He believes the 74 million people who voted for him in the 2020 presidential election cannot be wrong. So why should he change?
Judging from their responses this week, the Cuomos’ long-term strategy seems to be to get stuck and slowly break out of their troubles. Chris apologizes for what he did but defends it as a service to his family – a defense that Chris, the broadcaster, would never let Trump get away with. Andrew, the blunt of the two, continues to dismiss his critics. At the beginning of this week the New York Times reported that Andrew will make $ 5.1 million from his book on the pandemic, and at a press conference Thursday he shot down a question that accused him of profiting from dead New Yorkers. “That’s stupid. Next question,” Said Andrew.
We are invulnerable, Andrew and Chris seem to be saying, even if we are transparently doing something wrong. Come to us what you want, because we have the will and the strength to survive you. When the Cuomo brothers pull off their ride-it-out strategy that we can expect them to do, prepare for a new wave of moral layabouts that will mimic their moves.
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