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Media Bias Apparent in Coverage of Two Governors

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Media Bias Apparent in Coverage of Two Governors

Media Bias Apparent in Coverage of Two Governors
May 28
13:52 2020

If you follow the reports on the Big Seven (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, and Washington Post) – and others – you will see the obvious underlying biases and hypocrisies. In the simplest terms, it comes down to Democrats good/Republicans bad – and Trump is the evilest person in the land.

The bias is even more obvious in the press’ treatment of two governors – Democrat Andrew Cuomo of New York and Republican Ron DeSantis of Florida.

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Even though New York has had the worst breakout of Covid-19 and the worst death toll, the elitist east coast media continue to praise Cuomo for the magnificent job he is doing.  The hypocrisy is seen when they blame President Trump because of the extent of the breakout in America and excuse Cuomo from any responsibility for the situation in New York.  In fact, Cuomo’s New York is a major contributor to the national numbers.

Just when CNN and MSNBC were deciding that it was no longer a public service to air the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings by Trump AND the two top medical authorities – Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx – they started airing Cuomo’s daily briefing – and praised everything about them.

It was an example of the Big Apple’s media New York-centric reporting.  Why would a person in Iowa give a rat’s butt about the day-to-day situation in New York?  Does the Manhattan reporting crowd really think that everyone in America thirsts for what is going on in New York?  Oh yeah, they do.  They are so inbred that after Cuomo’s first or second briefing, they started promoting him for President.

So, how should we look at the Cuomo record in terms of the Covid-19 virus?  If we look at the numbers, you can most surely deduce that Cuomo’s leadership did not prevent his state from surging to the top of the afflicted list.  One of the early problems was a lack of medical personal, facilities, medications and equipment.

We should recall how he desperately pleaded for more of everything – mask, 30,000 ventilators, and 1000s of temporary hospital rooms.  Trump got criticized for saying the Cuomo was asking for more than he would need.  In the final analysis, Trump was correct. He did order ventilators sent to New York (about 10,000) and dispatched the Navy hospital ship Comfort to the Hudson River.  The federal government converted the Javits Center into a 1000-bed facility. Cuomo never ran out of ventilators, the ship was returned to its base for lack of need and the Javits Center remained mostly empty.

Any shortage in New York can be blamed on the misappropriation of resources.  The Big Apple has among the highest taxes in America – and yet was short of personnel and equipment.  On the other hand, Florida – without any income tax at all – experienced no shortage of personnel, equipment, or facilities.

It was not just a matter of not anticipating or misreading the situation.  Cuomo made an AWFULLY bad decision when he ordered senior Covid-19 hospital patients returned to their nursing homes.  The order was made effective immediately – giving the homes no time to prepare special arrangements. More than 4500 patients were returned – resulting in a major spike in nursing home cases and deaths. More than 25 percent of all the New York deaths were in senior care homes.

Cuomo said he was only following Trump’s federal guidelines.  That was a bald-faced lie.  The guidelines recommended against putting infected seniors back into their nursing homes.

Then there is DeSantis.  The New York media maintained a constant drumbeat of criticism of the Florida Governor.  He was not doing enough.  He was acting too slow in ordering a lockdown – and when he did it was not broad enough.  Conversely, they claimed that DeSantis was too swift in re-opening Florida.

Of course, the media did not afford DeSantis airtime for his daily briefings.  They gave him very little personal coverage – preferring to talk ABOUT him rather than allow the viewers to hear FROM him.  That is not a new trick.  Just count how many Democrats are interviewed on CNN and MSNBC compared to Republicans – not to mention the anti-Trump reporters, pundits, contributors, and analysts.

As of this writing, New Yorkers has seven times more Covid-19 cases that Florida – and 13 times more deaths.

So, what is the actual statistical record of Cuomo and DeSantis?  The New York population (19.5 million) is nearly the same as Florida – with the Sunshine State actually having a few more citizens (22 million).  Florida has an extremely high percentage of senior citizens – and old folks in senior care and final care facilities.  Still, New Yorkers in senior care facilities are six times more likely to die from Covid-19 than those in Florida.

The death rate in Florida is four percent – as opposed to New York’s death rate of eight percent.  That puts New York three percent over the national average of five percent – and Florida one percent below the national average.

No matter how you look at it, Florida has obviously done a better job of combating the pandemic than has New York – and yet the media constantly praises Cuomo (and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio) and heaps criticism on DeSantis.

I guess the best evidence of the difference between Cuomo and DeSantis is the number of New Yorkers who are migrating to southeastern Florida during the pandemic.  I have yet to hear of a single person leaving Florida to set up housekeeping in New York.

I am personally glad to be living in Florida – and having Ron DeSantis as my governor during these harrowing times.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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