In an effort to shed journalistic light on the scandals that have engulfed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in recent months, streaming platform, Fox Nation, has produced a documentary on the subject, and the network’s advertising buys meant to promote the show have raised more than a few eyebrows.
As Mediaite reports, Fox has boldy purchased ad slots for The Collapse of Cuomo during CNN offerings such as New Day, The Situation Room, and Cuomo Prime Time — a show hosted by the New York governor’s own brother — in a not-so-subtle jab at the liberal media institution.
The Cuomo documentary began its Fox Nation run on May 3, and reports suggest that the network managed to purchase ads on CNN without that network’s approval – something it surely would have been unwilling to grant – because the buy was of a limited geographic scope and was made through cable operators in individual markets such as New York and D.C., as Mediaite noted.
According to the Daily Caller, the 30-second spots include cringeworthy footage from an infamous interview conducted between the brothers during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in which the duo seemed to make light of the crisis by cracking jokes with a giant prop cotton swab made to resemble the sort used to test for the virus.
Also featured in the ads is material related to the lengthy lists of sexual misconduct allegations lodged against Gov. Cuomo in recent months and to the state’s nursing home scandal which critics say implicates negligence, corruption, and cover-ups and may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly citizens.
As part of the advertisements set to air during CNN programming, the phrase “FROM DYNASTY TO DISGRACE” fills the screen, something certain to rile network personalities and executives who have continued to keep the governor’s brother, Chris Cuomo, on the air despite numerous embarrassing allegations of favoritism and special treatment he received during the public health crisis.
CNN has faced intense criticism for failing to adopt a consistent position on whether Chris Cuomo would be permitted to cover stories involving the governor, according to The Hill. Back in March, Matthew Hall, president of the Society of Professional Journalists sounded the alarm about the apparent confusion regarding how the relationship between the Cuomos should be handled with regard to on-air reporting, asking:
What does CNN internal policy say? Do they have a code of ethics? Do they have something that would guide this situation and that would spell out sanctions for potential violations?
Though Gov. Cuomo has faced loud and repeated calls for his resignation – even from high-profile members of his own party such as New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand – he insists that he has no plans to step down.
Blasting the investigations into his conduct as “political” earlier this week, Cuomo continues to maintain his innocence, saying, “I did nothing wrong…period,” adding, “And I’m not resigning and I’m doing my job every day.”