December 16th, 2020
Former adviser accuses Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment; Is mainstream media ignoring it?
In a tweet on Sunday, a former adviser to New York Gov.Andrew Cuomo, Lindsey Boylan accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.Boylan worked for the governor's administration from 2015 to 2018.
Boylan, also a candidate for Manhattan borough president, said that Cuomo "sexually harassed me for years".She is running as a Democrat in the 2021 race. Boylan also ran against Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) for the 10th District Congressional seat in 2020 but was defeated by over 40 points according to Ballotopedia.
"Many saw it, and watched.I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks.Or would it be both in the same conversation?This was the way for years," Boylan tweeted, adding “I *know* I am not the only woman".
Lately, there have been talks of Cuomo being made attorney general in President-elect Joe Biden administration.Referring to this, Boylan said doing this would be a mistake.“There are fewer things more scary than giving this man, who exists without ethics, even more control.
Syracuse.com reports that Republican New York Representative Elise Stefanik has called for an independent probe into Boylan's claims. “I am publicly calling for an independent investigation into the serious allegations of pervasive workplace sexual harassment and verbal abuse by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The people of New York deserve a Governor who lives up to his own public statements on sexual harassment,” Stefanik said in a statement. An investigation into the Governor's office and upper echelons of New York State Government are needed. When responding to Karen DeWitt's claim of harassment in the New York State government, Cuomo replied: “When you say it’s ‘state government,’ you do a disservice to women, with all due respect, even though you’re a woman. It’s not government, it’s society,” he added. “It’s not just one person in one area.”Cuomo's response deflected attention away from the State Government, which didn't address the issue brought up by DeWitt; it aimed to prevent any meaningful action. While society does invite environments where employers higher in the hierarchy can and do abuse those lower in the hierarchy, DeWitt was speaking of NY State government specifically. Cuomo, who once signed high-profile anti-harrassment legislation, seems to not care about his own alleged ideals.Karen DeWitt, of PBS' New York NOW, asked the Democrat Governor what New York State "could do differently". Cuomo's response was a flippant reversal, pointing the finger back at the media in an apparent call-back to prominent media figures accused in the #MeToo movement. "Look, you have it going on in journalism," Cuomo told DeWitt. "What are you going to do differently?"Boylan said on Twitter: "I promised myself I would never let those kind of guys win. I would work hard my whole life to put myself in positions of power to change things. To end the violence & corruption. Give voice to the voiceless. I am not stopping. I refuse. I will never give up." It is unclear at this time, in what ways Boylan tends to fight.
The governor’s office has denied the allegation.
There are also allegations that mainstream media ignored the news.The Media Research Center noted that ABC, NBC and CBS didn’t talk about Boylan’s claims in the first 24 hours after her tweet became public.According to the New York Post, "Fox News, meanwhile, ran a report on the news at about 6:10 p.m. Sunday." while, none of the mainstream media's Monday morning newscasts carried the story.The NY Post also accused Boylan of making claims without any evidence and implied that she is making things up. I would like to point out that the NY Post failed to miss a significant point here: just because Boylan is not willing to talk to journalists, doesn't mean she is not willing to talk to investigators and state officials. Indeed, nothing will happen to Governor Cuomo if she refuses.Right-wing allegations (such as found in the aforementioned NY Post article) that the "liberal mainstream media" is not covering this story due to partisan politics are unsubstantiated. Let's not forget that in 2017, sitting senator Al Franken was lambasted in domestic and international publications after accusations of unwanted kissing and touching emerged, and Al Franken resigned. Accusations against many a democrat have been publicized, when enough details were provided.
Boylan, so far, hasn’t provided any details of any alleged incidents or name witnesses.It is unknown at this time if Boylan has been contacted by Rep. Stefanik or has expressed whether or not she will cooperate with an investigation.She, however, has said “To be clear: I have no interest in talking to journalists".