Members of the mainstream media have described Senator Ted Cruz’s ill-timed vacation in Cancun amid the climate crisis hitting his home state of Texas as a “scandal” comparable to the mounting legal problems facing the Democratic governor of Nueva York, Andrew Cuomo, for the alleged cover-up of nursing home deaths in his state.
Over the weekend, The New York Times ran the headline, “Cruz and Cuomo Face Scandal. Trump Can’t Save Them”, detailing how the news cycle once dominated by the now-former president cannot divert attention from other controversies. policies. The story grouped Cruz’s aborted flight with Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes.
“For much of the past six years, former President Donald J. Trump has dominated the political conversation, sparking days of outrage, flagging, and havoc on the general news cycle with nearly every tweet. other politicians often got lost in the midst of Mr. Trump’s obsessive desire to dominate the coverage, “the Times wrote on Saturday. “Well, the former president has gone almost silent, leaving a Trump-sized void in our national conversation that President Biden has little desire to fill. That has been a rude awakening for some other politicians, who are suddenly caught up in it. in a controversy that is not quickly subsumed in an avalanche of Trump news. ”
“Saturday Night Live” satirized both Cruz and Cuomo during the show’s opening last weekend. The sketch featured the Senator and Governor, played by Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson, respectively, attempting to control damage on a talk show hosted by Britney Spears.
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On Sunday, ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl similarly compared the two “scandals” while presenting “This Week,” suggesting that both had just emerged despite the fact that criticism of the now-famous order of Cuomo’s placement of COVID-positive patients in nursing homes began last spring. when the order was promulgated.
“This week, we also had our first post-Trump political scandals; Ted Cruz’s misguided trip to Cancun and the charges of cover-up and deadly mismanagement facing Andrew Cuomo,” Karl told viewers while poking fun at the upcoming panel discussion. .
ABC ‘WORLD NEWS TONIGHT’ OFFERS CRUZ CANCUN FIASCO FOUR TIMES MORE COVERAGE THAN THE CUOMO NURSING HOME SCANDAL
Last Thursday, ABC’s “World News Tonight” program spent roughly four times more airtime on Cruz’s stay than the FBI and DOJ investigations into the Cuomo administration, spending nearly four minutes on the Republican senator and just 55 seconds. the embattled Democratic governor.
That same night, CNN and MSNBC’s primetime coverage was equally dominated by the Texan. A whopping 46 minutes were devoted to Cruz’s vacation, while less than three minutes were devoted to coverage of the prominent New Yorker.
On Friday, Politico’s Playbook highlighted Cruz’s optics fiasco as proof that the “era of political scandal” is alive and well despite the turmoil the Cuomo administration has faced in recent weeks.
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“Many observers wondered if the era of political scandal was dead, if supporters on both sides were so defined by hatred for their rival political tribe that they would let their own leaders get away with almost anything,” it said. “And then they photographed a bearded man who appeared to be Cruz with a bag on wheels at the United counter at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport ready to board a plane to Cancun.”
A Politico tweet promoting the Playbook read: “Many political observers wondered if the era of political scandal had died. Ted Cruz proved this week that it is not.”