Accuracy in Media

On Monday, CNN host Chris Cuomo emerged from his basement to celebrate his re-entry into normal life after fully recovering from the coronavirus. But CNN and Cuomo did not acknowledge that Cuomo had already been outside his home before the Monday show.

Last week, on Easter Sunday, the New York Post reported that Cuomo was outside in East Hampton, New York and got into a verbal argument with a cyclist. Cyclist and Hampton resident David spotted Cuomo outside on their property and told Cuomo that he should be inside and quarantined.

Cuomo took issue with it, and later on his radio show, called David a “jackass loser fat-tire biker.”

“I don’t want some jackass, loser, fat-tire biker being able to pull over and get in my space and talk bullshit to me, I don’t want to hear it,” Cuomo said on his SiriusXM radio show on Monday night.

Yet CNN claimed that the televised emergence from the Cuomo basement was in real-time. The show’s tweet said, “Here’s the very moment @ChrisCuomo emerged from his basement, where he’s been riding out coronavirus for the last several weeks.”

Based on this encounter, CNN and Cuomo staged his re-emergence into normal life and continued to mask reality television as news reporting. For example, CNN viewers have been subjected to a Cuomo love-fest between Chris Cuomo and his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Chris called into his brother’s press conference at one point, further pushing the reality television aspect into the news cycle.

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