Gov. Cuomo Sides With Trump, Says Media Is ‘Unprofessional,’ ‘Really Biased,’ And Doesn’t Show Respect To The Office Of The President
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave media organizations an earful on Monday when he called them out for disrespecting President Donald Trump.
The Democratic governor said the media doesn’t treat the incumbent Republican President with the respect that his office as the United States President commands.
The three-term governor told Albany-based WAMC radio that the media has taken a “nastier tone” when dealing with President Trump – something that he’s noticed at press conferences across the country.
He described the media’s conduct as a “disrespect that never existed.”
“The way they question President Trump at some of these press conferences is just – I’ve never heard that tone with the president,” Cuomo said.
Asked by host Alan Chartock whether the President “deserved” such a treatment from the press, Cuomo said there should be a “decorum” afforded to the institution that a certain person represents.
“There are reporters who just are unprofessional, don’t know the facts and ask really biased questions,” the New York governor, who also has a “hot and cold” relationship with the incumbent Republican President said.
“You want to say ‘well I don’t like the president and I disrespect him,’ I know but it’s still the office of the president,” Cuomo added.
Trump’s relationship with the media
President Trump — who has been the target of slanted media coverage over the course of his presidency — has been sparring with the press ever since the 2016 presidential campaign began, with the incumbent president often labelling various media outlets as “fake news.”
He would often lash out at the mainstream media for being “corrupt” and biased towards the radical left.
In August, President Trump even commented that his “biggest opponent” in the November election was not Democratic challenger Joe Biden, but rather, the media.
“My biggest opponent isn’t Biden. It’s not the Democrats. It’s the corrupt media,” President Trump said then. “We have a corrupt media in this country.”
“I keep saying to my people here I am getting bombs thrown at me every day by people that are totally, frankly, dishonest reporters. … They’re espousing the views of the radical left,” he added.
This is not the first time that President Trump accused the media of working against him after a good portion of some of their most “bombshell” reports ended up being untrue – the Russian collusion hoax, the two-year long Mueller investigation and the impeachment proceedings.
89% of Republicans think media is “biased”
President Trump at one point even attributed his need to be present in social media “to refute the fake news” which he claimed was being peddled by the mainstream media to the public.
“If you weren’t fake, I would not even think about it. I would do that in a heartbeat,” President Trump earlier said, adding that he would “delete his social media,” if the media is fair.
“The news is fake,” President Trump has said. “If you look at what gets printed in newspapers, if only the public could understand where, you know, they’re reading a story and they think it’s real and it’s not real in so many cases.”
Pew Research Center earlier reported that like President Trump, about 48% of Americans believe that the media is one-sided.
The study said Republicans have a higher percentage agreeing with the media bias at 89%, compared to the 57% of Democrats also acknowledging the one-sidedness of the news.
Among independent voters, 72% of respondents also believe that the media is being one-sided.
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