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The New York Times editorial board, which rushed to condemn then-Supreme Court Associate nominee Brett Kavanaugh when he was accused of sexual harassment by Christine Blasey Ford, has seemingly lost its voice when it comes to similar allegations made against Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

As of today, six women have come forward with various accounts of sexual misconduct by Cuomo, but that hasn’t swayed the board to say anything about the embattled governor.

The Times editorial board published numerous columns in response to Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a high school party in the 1980s while failing to mention the allegations against Cuomo.

In September 2018, the editorial board wrote this about Kavanaugh:

“As in the case of so many he-said/she-said scenarios, there’s much we don’t know and probably never will with certainty. But there are two things we do know.

“First, there is no upside for women who come forward with stories of sexual harassment or assault, especially when the accused is a famous or powerful man. It doesn’t matter how credible the story is. Simply by telling it, a woman can expect to be pilloried in the press and suffer far worse on social media, if not in real life.”

The board defended Ford by saying that she “has not given the public any reason to doubt her credibility,” while stating that Kavanaugh “has given misleading or inaccurate testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee over the years,” and therefore isn’t trustworthy.

Then just eight days after the first column, the editorial board again defended Ford’s statements at the expense of Kavanaugh:

“It’s a horrific unfairness, for example, that for generations, untold numbers of American girls and women have had their lives “derailed” by sexual abuse, to use the term of one of Judge Kavanaugh’s accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, while the boys and men who abused them — maturing, telling themselves they’ve set aside boyish ways, eliding, avoiding, forgetting — chugged along toward successful careers and public acclaim.”

The editorial board also chastised the 11 Republican men on the Senate Judiciary Committee who refused to call for an investigation of Blasey Ford’s accusations.

With time running out, the editorial board urged the Senate in October to vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation charging him with providing misleading answers during the confirmation hearings.  “If Judge Kavanaugh will lie about small things, won’t he lie about big ones as well?” questioning his honesty.

Kavanaugh is a conservative Republican, Cuomo is a liberal Democrat in the state the Times is headquartered and part of a political dynasty that apparently the editorial board is in no hurry to dismantle despite the bipartisan calls for the governor to step down.


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