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Governors’ COVID Response Approval Ratings Speak Volumes on Importance of Media Coverage

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I knew the cultural fix was in when the term “Cuomosexual” began trending.

A Cuomosexual, in case you’re not familiar with it, is someone who feels a parasocial relationship with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a level that rises above platonic. The term appeared during Cuomo’s interminable daily news conferences on the coronavirus crisis in the Empire State, which were covered breathlessly by the media and treated as if they were an antidote to President Donald Trump’s briefings.

“This [Cuomosexual] brigade has some high-profile members,” The Economist reported in July. “Trevor Noah of ‘The Daily Show’ declared himself a Cuomosexual live on ‘The Ellen Show’ – the host, Ellen Degeneres, replied ‘I feel like I’m a Cuomosexual too.’ Randy Rainbow, an American comedian, has written a song and launched a clothing line dedicated to the governor: in bright pink typeface jumpers, vests and t-shirts declare, ‘From now on I identify as a Cuomosexual.’ He sells Cuomosexual mugs, face masks and tote bags, too. At the time of writing, Andrew Cuomo is still believed to be single.”

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Cuomo isn’t the only governor to receive fawning coverage from the national media, but he was the most prominent. Democrat Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Phil Murphy of New Jersey also had anchors at MSNBC and CNN acting as de facto press secretaries for almost everything they did.

Contrast this with the kind of coverage bestowed on GOP Govs. Brian Kemp of Georgia and Ron DeSantis of Florida, both of whom were excoriated for not imposing the kind of restrictions seen in New York, New Jersey and Michigan, refusing to embrace the possibility of another lockdown and realizing the economy was an important vector in COVID-19 policy. There were no DeSantisexual memes. (Which is probably for the best, but I would find both neologisms nauseating.)

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If this kind of coverage isn’t surprising, given the leftist bent of the mainstream media, also unsurprising are the poll numbers for said governors.


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