With the floodgates finally open on New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s disgusting scandals (specifically the sexual harassment allegations), the broadcast networks were running full reports on the allegations. But the CBS Evening News was out to make Democrats look good on Tuesday, with correspondent Jericka Duncan falsely claiming a Democratic congresswoman was the lone New Yorker on Capitol Hill that called for Cuomo to resign.
“While the Governor has denied the sexual harassment against these women, there are continuing growing calls for him to leave this mansion and step down,” Duncan announced as she was wrapping up her report. “So far, only one member of the New York congressional delegation is calling for Cuomo to resign. That person is Representative Kathleen Rice.”
But that was fake news.
Two hours before the Evening News aired, Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney of the 22nd District put out a tweet demanding the Governor resign. “Flashback to statement from Governor Cuomo on former Attorney General Schneiderman. Heed your own advice @NYGovCuomo and resign,” she wrote with a screenshot of Cuomo’s past comments on sexual misconduct.
And almost 24 hours prior to Tuesday’s report, Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of the 21st District put out her own tweet against Cuomo. “The Governor of New York must RESIGN. He is a pervasive criminal sexual predator,” she said.
Stefanik also shared an article from The Nation calling out New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D) for not yet calling on Cuomo to ditch his seat. But interestingly enough, ABC’s Stephanie Ramos did the same during Tuesday’s World News Tonight.
“New York's other senator, Kristen Gillibrand, didn't want to talk about it,” she reported. “She was the first senator to call for Al Franken to resign when he was accused of sexual misconduct. Now, she's called for an investigation, but she has not called for Cuomo to step down.”
Ramos even included a clip of Gillibrand avoiding reporters when asked: “Do you think he should resign in light of the third allegation?” The parts of Ramos’s report about lawmakers and calls for Cuomo’s resignation focused on “top New York Democrats,” thus she didn’t include Stefanik and Tenney’s tweets.
Meanwhile, on NBC Nightly News, correspondent Anne Thompson featured an anti-Cuomo protest somewhere in New York. During her live shot, signs reading “Cuomo must resign” and “Cuomo is a sex pest” can be seen over her shoulder.
But all of the broadcast networks must be docked points because they’ve all moved on from Cuomo’s nursing home scandal, and none of them mentioned Democratic state lawmakers had struck a deal to strip him of his emergency COVID powers. That’s not to mention how they’ve shied away from talking about the silence from both President Biden and Vice President Harris on both scandals.
CBS’s lies about where calls for Governor Cuomo’s resignation were coming from were made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Fidelity and Mr. Clean. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund. CBS Evening News has also asked people to share their thoughts with anchor Norah O’Donnell by texting this number: (202) 217-1107.
The transcripts are below, click "expand" to read:
ABC’s World News Tonight
March 2, 2021
6:45:22 p.m. Eastern
STEPHANIE RAMOS: Today, top New York Democrats pressed on whether the Governor should resign.
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): These women have to be listened to. I've always believed that sexual harassment is not acceptable. It must not be tolerated. [Transition] The bottom line is, just let me say, on this issue, I have a great deal of faith in the attorney general's investigation.
RAMOS: New York's other senator, Kristen Gillibrand, didn't want to talk about it. She was the first senator to call for Al Franken to resign when he was accused of sexual misconduct. Now, she's called for an investigation, but she has not called for Cuomo to step down.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Do you think he should resign in light of the third allegation?
RAMOS: But one New York congresswoman says this third allegation, on top of the two women accusing Cuomo of sexual harassment, was the last straw. Kathleen Rice tweeting, "The time has come. The Governor must resign."
CBS Evening News
March 2, 2021
6:42:19 p.m. Eastern
JERICKA DUNCAN: While the Governor has denied the sexual harassment against these women, there are continuing growing calls for him to leave this mansion and step down. So far, only one member of the New York congressional delegation is calling for Cuomo to resign. That person is Representative Kathleen Rice. Norah.
NORAH O’DONNELL: Jericka Duncan, thank you.