It took 24 hours for ABC Information to lastly give any form of airtime to the sexual harassment claims in opposition to corrupt New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) on both of their main newscasts. On Thursday’s World Information Tonight, when did they lastly report on the claims, they took the accuser out of context and claimed Cuomo had “joked” about eager to “play strip poker” with the feminine accuser.

And after only covering it that morning, CBS Information and NBC Information had been finished giving the story oxygen and ignored it on their night newscasts. As a substitute of giving the sexual harassment claims any airtime, NBC Nightly Information copied what ABC did the previous evening and talked about an airliner that reported a UFO. That meant the CBS Night Information and NBC Nightly Information nonetheless have not acknowledged the allegations.

Spending solely 39 seconds on the harassment accusations, ABC correspondent Erielle Reshef bundled them in with an replace on the Cuomo’s nursing residence deaths scandal. “It comes amid new allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to Cuomo by former staffer Lindsey Boylan,” she instructed viewers.

Talking about Boylan’s published account of that happened, Reshef appeared to mischaracterized what Boylan wrote and claimed she mentioned the Governor was joking with considered one of his advances. She additionally touted the protection Cuomo was getting:

In a weblog publish, Boylan alleging a number of unsettling episodes together with a 2017 flight the place she says the Governor joked, “let’s play strip poker.” 4 staffers who had been on the aircraft pushing again saying the dialog by no means occurred. The governor’s press secretary in an announcement saying, “claims of inappropriate conduct are fairly merely false.”

 

 

At no level in Boylan’s writing did she say Cuomo was joking, and even suggest it. So, Reshef was mendacity when she claimed that is what Boylan mentioned.

“I ought to have been shocked by the Governor’s crude remark, however I wasn’t,” she wrote. Boylan even appeared disenchanted in how she responded on the time. “‘That’s precisely what I used to be pondering,’ I responded sarcastically and awkwardly. I attempted to play it cool. However in that second, I spotted simply how acquiescent I had develop into.”

It was additionally the primary time since Cuomo’s February 15 press conference that ABC had mentioned something concerning the nursing residence deaths scandal.

Ignoring the households of victims rallying in opposition to Cuomo, the federal investigation into his actions, and attainable Congressional subpoena, Reshef downplayed the bipartisan effort to strip him of energy. She merely mentioned, “Lawmakers now contemplating stripping Cuomo of his COVID emergency powers after his aide admitted hiding nursing residence deaths for concern it will be politicized by the Trump administration.”

Reshef ended her report by noting this wasn’t the primary time Boylan has come ahead together with her allegations in opposition to Cuomo. “And, David, Lindsey Boylan is now operating for workplace right here in Manhattan. Governor Cuomo denied her allegations when she first tweeted them again in December,” she mentioned.

Now the query is: Why didn’t you or ABC give airtime to allegations again then, Erielle?

Reply: They didn’t wish to harm Cuomo’s already dingy fame.

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The transcript is under, click on “increase” to learn:

ABC’s World Information Tonight
February 25, 2021
6:31:53 p.m. Japanese [Opening tease]

DAVID MUIR: Governor Andrew Cuomo below hearth, rising backlash tonight for his dealing with of COVID-related nursing residence deaths, and now sexual harassment allegations from a former high aide. Fellow employees members defending the Governor tonight.

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6:44:12 p.m. Japanese

MUIR: And we’re going to show subsequent right here to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo going through a rising backlash over his dealing with of COVID-related nurses residence deaths. And tonight, he additionally faces sexual harassment allegations from a former high aide. Right here’s ABC’s Erielle Reshef.

[Cuts to video]

ERIELLE RESHEF: Tonight, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as soon as hailed for his management initially of the pandemic, now below hearth. Right now, his workplace defending its determination final Spring to return COVID sufferers to nursing properties, which critics declare led to a excessive variety of deaths. Cuomo saying he was following federal steerage.

DR. HOWARD ZUCKER (New York Well being commissioner): All the information has proven not simply New York however throughout the nation that this isn’t what introduced the an infection into the nursing properties.

RESHEF: Lawmakers now contemplating stripping Cuomo of his COVID emergency powers after his aide admitted hiding nursing residence deaths for concern it will be politicized by the Trump administration. New York’s legal professional common revealing these deaths had been underreported by as much as 50 p.c, which means that seniors who died in a hospital had been counted in hospital tolls, not nursing properties.

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO (D-NY): We should always have finished a greater job of offering as a lot as data as we may.

RESHEF: It comes amid new allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to Cuomo by former staffer Lindsey Boylan. In a weblog publish, Boylan alleging a number of unsettling episodes together with a 2017 flight the place she says the Governor joked, “let’s play strip poker.” 4 staffers who had been on the aircraft pushing again saying the dialog by no means occurred. The governor’s press secretary in an announcement saying, “claims of inappropriate conduct are fairly merely false.”

[Cuts back to live]

And, David, Lindsey Boylan is now operating for workplace right here in Manhattan. Governor Cuomo denied her allegations when she first tweeted them again in December. David.

MUIR: Erielle Reshef reporting tonight. Ariel, thanks.