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Gone are the days when Emmy Award-winning Gov. Andrew Cuomo made himself king of the news briefing, answering reporters’ questions face-to-socially-distanced-face all the day long about COVID-19 and his “leadership” during a pandemic.
Now he insists on virtual-only press conferences, and his staff cuts the feed mid-question of any reporter who dares challenge him — then lies about it.
On Wednesday, Ryan Tarinelli of the New York Law Journal asked: “If the attorney general’s report concludes that under state law you did sexually harass employees in violation of state law, will you resign? Yes or no.”
Cuomo answered, “Let’s see what the review says, and then we’ll take it from there.”
Tarinelli asked Cuomo to “please clarify exactly what that means”; the gov repeated his first response word for word.
Tarinelli then said, “It just does—” before his line suddenly went dead.
“OK,” Cuomo said. “Yeah, I’m not gonna have any comment on a review that is underway beyond that,” citing his own practice as attorney general. And: “At the appropriate time, I will have a comment about the review and about the facts, about the truth.” Never mind that he has commented on the deluge of harassment allegations, e.g., by noting how “huggy” a guy he is.
Cuomo flack Rich Azzopardi admitted the mid-question cutoff of Tarinelli was intentional, claiming reporters only get one “follow-up” under a months-old agreement with the state Legislative Correspondents Association. But the head of the LGA at that time, New York Now reporter Dan Clark, says there was no such deal.
With Cuomo & Co. these days, it’s just lies upon lies.
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