CNN's Jim Acosta was greeted at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday with chants that his network “sucks” and asked about scant coverage of the Andrew Cuomo scandal.
Acosta, a CNN anchor and its chief domestic correspondent, arrived at the conservative conference in Orlando, Florida, to a crowd that shouted, “CNN sucks."
Then a correspondent for the conservative magazine The Federalist, David Marcus, cut him off mid-interview to inquire about CNN’s skimpy coverage of New York’s embattled Governor Cuomo.
Marcus recorded video of himself approaching Acosta who was interviewing a man about former President Donald Trump’s scheduled speech at the conference on Sunday.
Acosta asked the interviewee if it was healthy for Trump “to come here and peddle the big lie” that he won the 2020 presidential election, to which the man replied he was not sure what Trump would say.
“Hey Jim, I’m Dave Marcus from The Federalist,” the conservative journalist interjected.
“When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?”
Acosta replied that he was conducting an interview, but Marcus insisted, “I’m asking a serious question.”
The CNN journalist said: “I know but we do cover that. We have to.”
Marcus hit back with, “No, you don’t,” repeatedly.
The reporter for The Federalist said that Cuomo “killed 10,000 people,” referring to the scandal in which the governor’s secretary Melissa DeRosa admitted the office withheld nursing home coronavirus death numbers.
Cuomo has been slammed for a March 25 state Health Department directive that forced nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients from hospitals regardless of their test results, with critics claiming it led to more virus spread and deaths.
Marcus also said that the governor is accused of sexual assault, referencing his former aide Lindsey Boylan’s claims on Wednesday that Cuomo asked her to play strip poker and kissed her on the lips without her consent.
The Federalist correspondent claimed that CNN instead wants to focus on Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who was under fire for flying to Cancun with his family during Texas’ deadly winter storm energy crisis.
Acosta said he wanted to finish his interview before talking to Marcus, but the latter kept asking when he would start covering Cuomo.
The former CNN White House correspondent reiterated that his network is “covering it” and that the two journalists could “agree to disagree.”
CNN reported on Boylan’s sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo on television on Thursday, a day after the news broke.
While CNN’s website covered the sexual harassment allegations and the nursing home scandal, it is among media outlets that have been criticized for being relatively quiet on the accusations Cuomo faces.
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