Accuracy in Media

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent comments about the federal government being forced to pass a “blue state bailout” package, but CNN offered no substantial on-air rebuttal to any of Cuomo’s criticism.

CNN headlined the controversy, “Gov. Cuomo calls out McConnell for ‘Blue State Bailout’ comment.” The governor’s younger brother, Chris, interviewed the governor and did not push back against his brother’s assertions in the interview.

But Chris Cuomo failed to provide the full quote from McConnell’s statement.

During a radio interview, McConnell said, “I said yesterday we’re going to push the pause button here, because I think this whole business of additional assistance for state and local governments needs to be thoroughly evaluated.

“You raised yourself the important issue of what states have done, many of them have done to themselves with their pension programs,” he said. “There’s not going to be any desire on the Republican side to bail out state pensions by borrowing money from future generations.”

McConnell’s office released a transcript of the interview and labeled the controversial quote section, “On stopping Blue State Bailouts.”

Cuomo blasted McConnell’s comments, saying it “was a really offensive statement.

“It’s your state that is living on the money that we generate. Your state is getting bailed out. Not my state.”

The Cuomo brothers and CNN failed to recognize McConnell’s underlying point that states can balance safe public health practices and re-opening parts of the economy. They also did not address McConnell’s main point, which was that the federal government may not be able to bail out states if more aid is needed.

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