Chris Cuomo: Maybe we should start doing our jobs?

posted at 11:01 am on June 9, 2014 by Noah Rothman

CNN’s Chris Cuomo opened up a can of worms on Monday.

Via the Washington Free Beacon, Cuomo half-jokingly observed that the press has been giving Hillary Clinton a “free ride.”

“We couldn’t help her any more than we have,” Cuomo remarked. “We’re the biggest ones promoting her campaign.”

The CNN host was kidding, but the key ingredient in any strong joke is an element of truth.

We are fortunate to have one recent example of that truth. On Monday, in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Clinton stipulated that her husband’s post-impeachment legal debts and her quest to purchase property in New York ahead of a U.S. Senate bid constitutes financial hardships akin to those of average Americans.

This appropriately prompted Clinton’s interlocutor to cock an incredulous eyebrow, but the former secretary of state was not pressed on the details of her claim. Sawyer pushed back merely on the politics of Clinton’s statement: “Do you think Americans will understand five times the median income in this country for one speech?”

They won’t, but being wealthy has never been a disqualifier for those seeking the presidency. In fact, it’s a prerequisite. While Clinton’s largess may give Democratic primary voters some pause, it will not turn off the average general election voter. Some of the details of Clinton’s rollercoaster financial hardships, however, are political vulnerabilities.

Sawyer might have noted that Bill Clinton incurred millions in debt while defending against the charge that he perjured himself during the Lewinsky affair and in the ultimately unsuccessful effort to keep his Arkansas law license.

The ABC reporter also may have pointed out that some of those lingering legal fees were paid by big name Democratic donors. When Bill Clinton prepared to leave office in the summer of 2000, for example, his legal defense fund had already raised $8.5 million.

Donors giving the $10,000 maximum to the legal fund this year include Peter Angelos, a trial lawyer and owner of the Baltimore Orioles; Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of Miramax Films; Eli Broad, chairman of SunAmerica, the insurance giant; Fred Eychaner, president of Newsweb Corp.; and Lew Wasserman, chairman emeritus of Universal Studios.

Reporters may be sensitive about bringing up the inconvenient details of Clinton’s past because it so often results in accusations of sexism and misogyny.

“Any Republican who is dredging this up is a misogynistic sexist hypocrite,” MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski declared in February. This serious charge was inspired by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) who brought up the incontrovertible fact that Hillary’s husband engaged in sexual relations with an intern in his place of work.

“This just conjures up memories of the gender element when Hillary was running,” University of Texas professor and MSNBC contributor Victoria DeFrancesco Soto insisted when reports surfaced that Clinton kept an “enemies list” consisting of those who endorsed Barack Obama in 2008.

Clinton supporters hurling accusations of anti-female prejudice is a familiar one. In 2008, the former first lady’s acolytes created a “Media Hall of Shame” for those in the press who were dubbed insufficiently supportive of Clinton over her chief Democratic rival. Among the most ironic members of that list were Chris Matthews, Katie Couric, and The New York Times.

Clinton supporters, The Times noted, “exploited a few glaring examples of sexist coverage to whip up a backlash and to try to create momentum for Mrs. Clinton.” The internecine nature of the Democratic primary fight made it easier for the press to dismiss accusations of sexism in 2008, but they are already a prominent and more widely accepted feature of the 2016 campaign.

“We just don’t know how to deal with gender yet with her,” DeFrancesco Soto submitted. And, judging by the predictable repetition of this charge, we never will.

If dealing with Clinton’s gender consists of treating her with kid gloves, then that does suggest that there is a form of sexism characterizing the coverage of her candidacy: toxic and insulting paternalism.


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Translation: I would like my brother to run for Prez instead

ConservativePartyNow on June 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Ambassador Chris Stevens is unavailable for comment.

rbj on June 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

What difference, at this point, would that make?

mjbrooks3 on June 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Chris Cuomo could care less about media bias. This is all about his brother.

Mark1971 on June 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Via the Washington Free Beacon, Cuomo half-jokingly observed that the press has been giving Hillary Clinton a “free ride.”

I’m sure that Cuomo’s assertion has absolutely nothing to do with his brother possibly running against Clinton in the Dem primaries.

steebo77 on June 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Leave Hillary! alone! She’s “suffered” for the cause! She’s ENTITLED!

GarandFan on June 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Chris Cuomo could care less about media bias. This is all about his brother.

Mark1971 on June 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Exactly.

steebo77 on June 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Hillary Clinton proved that when the 3am call comes, she will let those making it die, and then blame everyone but herself. Like Obama, she will probably side with our enemies rather than the United States.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Chris Cuomo could care less about media bias. This is all about his brother.

Mark1971 on June 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Rachel Madcow is running for prezy?

WOW!

VegasRick on June 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Ya think?

TimBuk3 on June 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Blue on blue.

JimK on June 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Hillary Clinton proved that when the 3am call comes, she will let those making it die, and then blame everyone but herself. Like Obama, she will probably side with our enemies rather than the United States.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

I look forward to the “3AM Call” ads that the Republican candidate will run. If they have the spine to do it.

VegasRick on June 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Bowe Bergdahl’s Parents, Sympathisers Of Gitmo Detainees, Got Rare Access To Insiders And Classified Information

But, the administration couldn’t be bothered to inform Congress, ‘natch.

Resist We Much on June 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

I look forward to the “3AM Call” ads that the Republican candidate will run. If they have the spine to do it.

VegasRick on June 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I will be utterly and completely stunned if any Republican has the stones to do it.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Media’s war on Women.

Cover Obama’s Azz, Go after Hillary.

portlandon on June 9, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Leave Hillary! alone! She’s “suffered” for the cause! She’s ENTITLED!

GarandFan on June 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

But no one told her the road would be easy. She aint no ways tired from the ‘suffering’!

pannw on June 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM

“We just don’t know how to deal with gender yet with her,” DeFrancesco Soto submitted. And, judging by the predictable repetition of this charge, we never will.

What’s not to know? If it is a positive comment, it has nothing to do with gender. If it is a critical comment, it is sexism. Same dog whistle, different color

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Resist We Much on June 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

After all, he had to know who and how to address his emails. Generalizations would not suffice.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I just don’t recall this hand-wringing about handling gender when Palin was running. It was, er, ovaries-to-the-wall, so to speak.

I mean..good grief.

Just when you though the bias hit bottom, they find another lower level.

SteveMG on June 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I will be utterly and completely stunned if any Republican has the stones to do it.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

One of the hats I wear at work is marketing. I would love to put it together for the R’s. I can think of at least 3 ads using that premise.

VegasRick on June 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Sawyer might have noted that Bill Clinton incurred millions in debt while defending against the charge that he perjured himself

For some reason, in light of current events, that all seems so trivial now.

JellyToast on June 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM

So, is she brain damaged or not, Mr. Cuomo?

Fallon on June 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

One of the hats I wear at work is marketing. I would love to put it together for the R’s. I can think of at least 3 ads using that premise.

VegasRick on June 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM

If word that you would like to do so ever gets back to the GOPe, they will be opening a new campaign on the Tea Party called “The War On the Tea Party: The VegasRick Campaign”.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM

At least we don’t have to remind the New York Times the importance of “doing their jobs”. They’re all over the heroes who honorably remained at their post.

Rovin on June 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM

He will be followed, soon.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Translation: “My brother can’t raise money!”

Theworldisnotenough on June 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM

“We just don’t know how to deal with gender yet with her,” DeFrancesco Soto submitted.

I don’t know why this is so hard. There’s a perfectly good, recent example of how the MSM should deal with a woman running for a high-visibility office. Just deal with Hillary the same way you dealt with Sarah Palin. Problem solved!

lovesthesun on June 9, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Outside of her gender – which is not a good reason – what possibly has Hillary done that qualifies her for the presidency? She is lacking any accomplishments whatsoever. Yes, she is good at blaming other people, but that didn’t become good form until Obama got in office and we had to make perpetual excuses for his failures.

Zomcon JEM on June 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Hillary Clinton actively worked to suppress the voices of women sexually assaulted and / or harassed by her husband.

She is a foul woman who has failed the first duty of President, which is protecting the ambassadors and soldiers serving the people under her watch.

She is a disgrace and should be regarded as a joke candidate.

BKennedy on June 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

The MSM might wanna watch out, they got Dear Leader forcibly elected, if they repeat it with Hitlery and she immediately spins hard left (duh), someone might start hunting them with dogs.

Someone with nothing to lose and no fear left, aka ‘Americans’.

maybe

Tard on June 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM