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On Wednesday, Meghan McCain joined the growing chorus of critics railing against CNN's coverage (or lack thereof) of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment scandal when she insisted that "the Cuomo family and CNN are the worst kinds of nepotism" in media. "If my brother were somehow the governor and he had been accused of this, you are damn straight I'd be talking about it on The View this morning," said the conservative co-host. "It makes all of them cowards."
The View wasn't able to discuss New York Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into the Cuomo allegations yesterday, as she revealed her findings right as the show aired, but the co-hosts made up for it on Wednesday with fiery screeds against the governor. The ladies agreed that Cuomo's actions are "disgraceful and inexcusable," as Joy Behar put it, and they called on him to resign from his role immediately. "He has to step down — unless he wants to switch parties," said Behar. "That's up to him."
McCain, who has long been critical of Cuomo, agreed that "you have to be a sociopath or a lunatic or completely blind to reality" in order to dismiss the New York AG's investigation as false, but she reserved her harshest criticism for the media. "There's a lot of issues with Andrew Cuomo and the way he's been covered for the past few years during COVID," she said. "If you remember, there was this whole 'Cuomosexual' phenomenon in the media and with celebrities ... I always get uncomfortable when politicians are held to this deity standard. I always think it's dangerous."
NY AG PROBE FINDS CUOMO HARASSED MULTIPLE WOMEN: After New York Attorney General Letitia James found Gov. Andrew Cuomo allegedly sexually harassed multiple women and fostered a toxic work environment, the co-hosts react as he denies all sexual misconduct. https://t.co/177oFUzaqS pic.twitter.com/FLVbVU7Lb5— The View (@TheView) August 4, 2021
"We had a conversation about nepotism on this show a few days ago," she continued. "You want to talk about nepotism? Not having to talk about the biggest scandal in the country when it has to do with your brother and you're hosting CNN. That's nepotism."
The conservative firebrand added that she hopes "retribution" will come for both the governor — "I hope Gov. Cuomo is either forced out of office or resigns," she said — and his brother, host of CNN's Cuomo Prime Time. "There was a point in time when they were doing comedy sketches with giant Q-Tips on air during the height [of the pandemic], and this was all fine and good," said McCain. "So when he's fine, it's okay to air it? That's journalism? It's journalism now that he's bad and he's been accused of all this and the investigation came out? It's all disgusting, and you wonder why people hate the media and hate journalism."
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Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.