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Media Hypocrites: Gov. Cuomo Repeats Trump's 'Optimism' About Drug Test, NBC, CNN Not Critical

By Michael W. Chapman | March 23, 2020 | 11:14am EDT
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).  (Getty Images)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). (Getty Images)

Although NBC harshly claimed that President Trump was peddling "false hope," and CNN called it "unsubstantiated hope," for expressing optimism about a maliaral drug to combat the coronavirus, when New York's Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the same thing -- and even cited the president -- neither NBC nor CNN criticized the very liberal governor. 

This is another instance of the liberal media's double standard when it comes to covering President Trump versus any liberal Democrat. If Trump says it, then it's bad or stupid. But when Cuomo says it, then it's good and intelligent. 

On Sunday, Gov. Cuomo announced that trials of the drugs chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, and Zithromax would start on Tuesday, March 24. 


During that announcement, Cuomo said, "The president is optimistic about these drugs and we are all optimistic that it could work,” reported Forbes magazine

So far, neither CNN nor NBC have slammed Cuomo for peddling "false hope" or "unsubstantiated hope in dark times." 

Last Thursday, during a White House press briefing on the coronavirus, NBC's Chief White House Correspondent Peter Alexander asked the president, "Is it possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things may be giving Americans a false sense of hope?"

NBC's Chief white House Correspondent Peter Alexander. (Getty Images)
NBC's Chief white House Correspondent Peter Alexander. (Getty Images)
 
 

Trump answered, "No, I don't think so. It may work. It may not work. I feel good about it." He later added,  "Let's see if it works. It might and it might not. I happen to feel good about it, but who knows? I've been right a lot." 

The next day, March 20, CNN's Stephen Collinson smeared the president in an article headlined, "Trump peddles unsubstantiated hope in dark times."

In the piece, a so-called analysis, Collinson claimed, "To fight the coronavirus, President Donald Trump is adopting the audacity of false hope," a negative play on President Obama's book title, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

President Barack Obama and then-MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews. (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama and then-MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews. (Getty Images)

Here again, CNN is playing the double standard: Obama offered real "hope" but Trump is selling "false hope."  

The liberal media do not play by the same standard when it comes to covering Trump versus any liberal Democrat or Democratic socialist. 

Collinson also peppered his story with variations of "unsubstantiated hope": "But it is also becoming clear that the President's rhetoric is part of an emerging political strategy. ... [T]he White House seems to be trying to get everyone to look the other way.... It's holding out the promise of hope and optimism to shift attention from the reality of alarming rises in infections...."

  (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Two days later, Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted Trump's optimism and added, "we are all optimistic that it could work."

So far, neither CNN nor NBC have accused Cuomo, a liberal Democrat, of peddling "false hope" about these drug trials. 

It's always a double standard: Trump, bad; liberal Democrats, good. 

h/t Forbes 


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