Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz, a former Republican congressman from Utah, was referred to as out on air Monday after he claimed The New York Times has been “behind” in its protection of sexual assault allegations towards New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
“We will see what the media does. They’ve been very tepid in doing this,” Chaffetz stated on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” panel. “Only the New York Post and a handful of others have covered this with a seriousness that it takes. The New York Times and other big, big media outlets have been far behind.”
“But the Times broke the most recent story,” Fox News Washington correspondent Gillian Turner interrupted.
“We wouldn’t even be talking about it if it wasn’t for the New York Times reporting,” Turner added. “Just pointing that out.”
Appearing flustered, Chaffetz argued, “Yeah, but what I’m saying is that they were very slow to the mark.”
The Times did break the story over the weekend a few second accuser, former Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett, who alleged the governor requested her questions on her intercourse life, if she’d had intercourse with older males and informed her he was open to relationships with girls of their 20s.
Before that, the newspaper covered allegations from Lindsey Boylan, one other former aide who accused the governor of sexual harassment in a prolonged essay on Wednesday. Boylan described a number of uncomfortable exchanges with Cuomo over a number of years, together with an unsolicited kiss.
Most main information shops and networks have devoted important protection to the story because the Times broke it on Saturday. Fox News has accused different media shops of ignoring the story earlier than that.
Cuomo launched an announcement Sunday apologizing for feedback that “have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation” and referred the matter to the state legal professional common’s workplace for impartial evaluation. He had beforehand denied the allegations.
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