Stop the sickening ‘Cuomo Brothers Feel-Good Pandemic Variety Show’

So how is CNN approaching the two most important elected officials in the country in these days of crisis?

At Elected Official One, CNN directs a nonstop barrage of antagonistic questions, along with hostile commentary disguised as questions, plus additional hostile commentary not disguised as questions, for the sole purpose of creating gotcha moments that serve no public-information purpose whatsoever. It’s dog meets fire hydrant.

When dealing with Elected Official Two, CNN brings in … his brother. For a nonstop massage of gentle questioning, family banter and general fawning. It’s dog meets other dog’s butt.

We know CNN thinks of itself as the chief public relations officer for the Democratic Party, but usually that just means liberal journalists pushing liberal talking points.

When it’s time to interview maybe the most important elected liberal Democrat in the entire country, CNN might want to make it a little less obvious than sending the gov’s own little brother to hit him with questions such as, “You’re the man right now. Why is that?” (March 23) or “Governor, it is good to remind people that they are just coming to love you now as much as I have my whole life, and it’s because of your commitment to what you do for other people. It’s what matters most to me about you, and I love you very much. Thank you for coming on the show, and thank you for keeping my spirits up” (April 8).

Hang on, there isn’t even a question in there. It’s like Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney.

Gov. Cuomo reports that our state now has more people infected with coronavirus than any single entire country (outside of the US). “I love you very much” and “Thank you” aren’t the top two things I would say to a guy who has presided over a catastrophe that has killed more than 7,000 New Yorkers.

I’m gonna take a second look at the White House transcripts, but I don’t think Jim Acosta has ever taken time out to explain to Donald Trump that he loves him and the rest of the country does too. Here’s an idea, Clown News Network: How about hiring Don Jr. to interview POTUS every day for the duration of the crisis? Trump the Younger could distract us all with fun family photos and kid around with the old man. Wouldn’t that make for cozy television?

On March 16 on CNN, a Chris Cuomo question about a possible curfew policy in New York state descended into joking around about a family curfew policy the brothers’ late father, Mario Cuomo, apparently instituted decades ago, then further degenerated into goofy remarks about which boy Mom liked best. “By the way, she said I was her favorite,” Andrew said. “Good news is, she said you’re her second-favorite son, Christopher.” On April 2, Chris Cuomo broke into an Andrew news conference to say, “You came to me in a dream. You had on a very interesting ballet outfit. You were dancing in the dream …”

You’d think there might kinda sorta be a rule against the sort of thing CNN is doing with the Cuomo Brothers Feel-Good Pandemic Variety Show, and it turns out there is: Chris Cuomo himself said as much, back in 2013. After he was criticized for doing a softball interview with Andrew about the latter being named “Sexiest Fifty-Something” in the Sexiest Man Alive issue of People magazine, Chris said the rule was that he would never interview his brother about political hard news.

“If there’s something that’s been done wrong at the state level, that he deserves to get hammered, he’s got to answer for it, right?” the younger Cuomo said then. “I wouldn’t put myself in that position because it would raise questions of conflict. If it’s about his political career, his political actions or things that he must answer for, that’s for somebody else to do.”

Evidently, 7,000 dead isn’t very important and the Cuo Bros think they should just keep yukking it up like the Smothers Brothers once did, with their “Mom liked you best” routine.

It was Andrew Cuomo, not Donald Trump, who decided when to mandate social distancing in the state that turned into the virus volcano of the Western Hemisphere. Throughout early March, the governor (and Bill de Blasio) acted as if worry was our biggest foe. “Everybody is doing exactly what we need to do,” Cuomo said on March 2. “We have been ahead of this from Day 1.”

Both California and Washington instituted social distancing measures before New York did; accelerating that decision by a week or two might have reduced the death toll by 50 to 80 percent, according to an expert quoted in a New York Times report.

But sure, Chris, you and Andrew keep yukking it up about Mom. There’s a guy running for president who’ll be 78 before inauguration day, and he needs a running mate. If it works out that way, I’m sure you’ll be sure to log your salary as an in-kind campaign contribution to Biden-Cuomo 2020.