Sunday, February 28, 2021

If true, this is a “mercy killing” by the New York Times - Let the games begin!!

The NYT put a metaphorical muzzle to the back of the head of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday in pulling off a political assassination through its reporting on the allegations of a 25-year-old former aide to the Governor.
There are plenty of Democrat politicians in NY and DC who would see their own prospects brighten in the event of Cuomo’s fall. This is a circumstance where the knives probably come out for Cuomo, and someone gets his scalp. He knows that, and that is why his response to criticism from other Democrats has been so strident.
The new story is a very deep dive by the paper’s Albany Bureau Chief — this is not a piece of “anecdotal” reporting on a “news of the day” story. The Times says Bennett decided to publicly come forward after former Cuomo Administration aide Lindsay Boylan made public her experiences being sexually harassed by Cuomo — including unwanted “touching” in the form of a kiss....

This is a death blow to Cuomo in New York politics and makes it impossible for him to move to any meaningful position in the Biden Administration. The Times’ treatment of this story — 2500 words when 700 could have probably “reported” it — is a signal to all who might be thinking about challenging Cuomo that the NYT will not be helping Cuomo. It tells all that the accumulation of damaging stories about Cuomo has now reached terminal status.

I suspect the Times has sources inside the Southern District of New York US Attorney’s Office who have told the paper that there is legal exposure for Cuomo in connection with the withholding of accurate data on nursing home deaths from the Civil Rights Division of DOJ in the fall of 2020.

If true, this is a “mercy killing” meant to prompt whoever might believe themselves to be successors to Andrew Cuomo to step forward and make themselves known.

Let the games begin!!