Maybe it has something to do with the fact the governor’s brother Chris, who is an anchor on the “Facts First” network, is worried that Andy will tell mom. Or maybe this is SOP for a genuine fake news outlet as opposed to the fake fake outlets House Democrats are working so assiduously to deplatform.
Whatever the story, CNN maintained radio silence for a full 24 hours on Thursday after former aide to Andrew Cuomo, Lindsey Boylan, claimed her ex-boss had kissed her on the lips without asking. When the network finally acknowledged the existence of the sexual harassment allegations, they devoted a whopping 96 seconds over to the story spread over two news briefs.
Here, courtesy of NewsBusters’s Curtis Houck, are the two briefs. The second, by network anchor Jake Tapper, leads in with an equally curt review of the status of Andrew Cuomo’s other major headache — reports of his having lied about the number of nursing home deaths from COVID that occurred under his watch. Tapper, like the good little solider he is, dismisses the allegations, leveled by another Cuomo aide, as a political “game of gotcha.”
John King: Moving onto Andrew Cuomo denying sexual harassment allegations from another adviser. In an essay published on Medium, Lindsey Boylan, who once worked for the state’s economic development agency, alleges the governor kissed her on the lips following a one-on-one meeting in his New York City office back in 2017. Boylan also says the governor allegedly suggested they play strip poker, that allegedly happening when they were on a flight together in 2017. In a statement from Cuomo’s office, four staffers who were on that flight dispute Borylan’s [sic] story. And the governor’s press secretary says her claims of inappropriate behavior are “quite simply false.” Borlen [sic] is running for Manhattan Borough President. She first accused the governor of sexual harassment on Twitter back in December.
Jake Tapper: Problems are piling up for Democratic governor of New York Andrew Cuomo. His former Secretary Steven Cohen issuing a statement ahead of a state budget hearing that the department of justice’s inquiry into COVID nursing home deaths is a political “game of gotcha.” And Cohen insisting there was no cover-up despite one of Cuomo’s top aides confirming in a private phone call a few weeks ago that there was, in fact, a delay in reporting the data to state lawmakers, what some might call a cover-up. All of this while Cuomo is denying new sexual harassment allegations made by former aide Lindsey Boylan, who worked for the state’s economic development agency and is now running for Manhattan borough president. Boylan alleges that Governor Cuomo made unwanted advances toward her, including kissing her in 2018 and asking her to play trip poker in 2017. Cuomo’s office said Boylan’s claims are, “quite simply false” CNN has been unable to corroborate Boylan’s allegations. She has refused to give further comment on the record.