Accuracy in Media

The New York Times chose not to cover New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent remarks directed at anti-lockdown protesters. Cuomo, during an exchange with a New York-based reporter, said that protesters should “get a job as an essential worker.”

WRGB reporter Anne McCloy told the governor that anti-lockdown protesters are clamoring for Cuomo’s office to let the state return to work. “By the way — if you want to go to work, go take the job as an essential worker,” Cuomo said, “Do it tomorrow.” He added, “You can get a job as an essential worker, so now you can go to work and you can be an essential worker and you’re not going to kill anyone.”

The New York Times published multiple stories about the New York governor, including his criticism of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “blue state bailout” comments this week. But the New York Times did not publish any article highlighting Cuomo’s “get a job” comment.

Media outlets such as Fox News and the Washington Times covered Cuomo’s quote, as did the Daily Beast.

Cuomo’s assertion that anti-lockdown protesters should go and “get a job as an essential worker” ignored the realities of a job search. It was also an insensitive comment because he insinuated that it is easy to get hired as an essential worker during the hiring boon. Considering over 25 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits during the pandemic, it will be hard for laid-off Americans to get a job as an essential worker due to the lack of supply of essential jobs.

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