There are two things that fills CNN anchor Chris Cuomo with righteous indignation. One is calling him “Fredo.” The other is failing to show proper respect for teen moralist and climatologist Greta Thunberg.
Thunberg recently delighted the Left and caused severe dyspepsia on the Right when she used her bully pulpit at the Davos 2020 convention to upbraid world leaders. “One year ago I came to Davos and told you that our house is on fire,” she told them. “I said I wanted you to panic.”
Many conservative commentators reacted by suggesting, for example, that 17 is not too old for an impish child to be sent to her room without dinner. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reacted less to Thunberg’s attitude than to her message, advising her to study economics in college before prescribing “solutions” that would create world-wide catastrophes in that area.
The advice didn’t sit well with Cuomo, who tweeted in response, “Why do these trumpers think it is ok to go at a kid?”
Why do these trumpers think it is ok to go at a kid? https://t.co/RYY2IrJPL3
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) January 23, 2020
It didn’t take long before Cuomo was called out for his hypocrisy by those adopting a three-word battle cry: “Remember Nick Sandmann.”
Sandmann is the teen from Covington Catholic High School who became an instant target of the liberal media, including CNN, in January 2019 for daring to stand in one spot outside the Lincoln Memorial, where his class waited for a bus. He didn’t budge even after an American Indian whose reasons for being there are less well-known came up to within a few inches of the teen and began banging a drum in his face.
A photo still of the encounter (if that is the correct word) was plastered all over social and mainstream media with captions that included “the face you’d love to punch.”
CNN was one of the more aggressive outlets in its reporting, which was very anti-Sandmann and anti-teen upstarts. In March, Sandmann’s family sued the network and several other news organizations for their vicious attacks on the child. The family’s attorney, L. Lin Wood, is quoted as having said:
CNN was probably more vicious in its direct attacks on Nicholas than The Washington Post. And CNN goes into millions of individuals’ homes. CNN couldn’t resist the idea that here’s a guy with a young boy, that Make America Great Again cap on. So they go after him.
They really went after Nicholas with the idea that he was part of a mob that was attacking the Black Hebrew Israelites, yelling racist slurs at the Black Hebrew Israelites. Totally false. Now you say you’ve seen the tape; if you took the time to look at the full context of what happened that day, Nicholas Sandmann did absolutely nothing wrong. He was, as I’ve said to others, he was the only adult in the room.
Earlier this month, it was reported that CNN had agreed to settle the case for an undisclosed sum. Maybe it’s time for Chris Cuomo to try thinking with his brain instead of his spleen.