CNN political commentator SE Cupp explains her new op-ed comparing former President Donald Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s response to investigations, specifically a pair of independent investigations into allegations that Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately toward several women. Gov. Cuomo has not commented about either investigation, except to ask for the public to wait for their conclusions before passing judgment on him.
John Avlon on how journalism played a role in justice for George Floyd and how partisan media used fear to present their view of the verdict. The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik says Darnella Frazier’s cellphone video of Floyd’s death proved to be “a hugely powerful statement” in court and hopes coverage of future cases “will lead to social change.”
Errol Louis says journalists should be “immune” to believing information is more reliable because it comes from “people in power” adding, “you have to always keep questioning.” CNN’s Adrienne Broaddus says when it comes to partisan media, “Accountability comes from community members calling out those media stations.” David Zurawik also joins.
Abigail Tracy says the GOP’s lawmaker’s refrain was “stage craft is state craft,” and “he really viewed the idea of being on the airwaves as being more important than being on the House floor to a degree.” But now, with Gaetz under investigation, he is off TV, and Fox is rebuffing any talk of hiring him. “If he’s dead to Fox, he’s dead politically,” David Zurawik says.
Brian Stelter and David Zurawik discuss President Biden’s recent statement that America faces a battle to “prove democracy works.” Zurawik says members of the media need to stand on the side of democracy and cover autocratic threats seriously.
SE Cupp, April Ryan, David Zurawik, and Erik Wemple analyze Tucker Carlson’s expanding role at Fox and what it reveals about the GOP. Wemple says Carlson’s viewers “listen very carefully” to the nightly show and “take cues from” it.
CNN congressional correspondent Lauren Fox profiles Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the lawmaker former President Donald Trump and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) are backing to replace Rep. Liz Cheney if she is ousted from her leadership position as GOP conference chairwoman.