The Media Research Center has accused CNN’s Chris Cuomo of politicizing Alex Trebek’s cancer diagnosis by praising the “Jeopardy!” host for putting facts 1st during a time of “rampant truth abuse in our politics.”
And he said it wearing a heavy mark of Ash Wednesday ashes, to remind everyone watching that he is an Italian-American Catholic, to give him credibility,
Alex revealed in a YouTube video Wednesday night that he has been diagnosed with sStage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“Cuomo Prime Time” immediately made “veiled references to President Trump” and “used the news to promote CNN’s empty slogan” when covering the news, according to MRC analyst Nicholas Fondacaro.
“In a time that is all about what is keeping us apart, we got tough news today about someone who has always brought America together, literally for decades,” Mr. Cuomo said. “Trebek is a major asset to our culture, not just to the game show. In a time of shallow beliefs and rampant truth abuse in our politics and beyond, every night he makes facts 1st.”
Mr. Fondacaro wrote that “Cuomo treats his show as a prosecutor’s argument and courtroom against President Trump” and feels his message to Alex Trebek was no exception.
“Seemingly every night, Cuomo uses his show to rail against the President with suggestions he’s tearing us apart and poisoning the dialogue with lies and misinformation. So, given that blatant history, it’s clear that Cuomo exploiting Trebek’s cancer diagnosis to score political points,” Mr. Fondacaro wrote.
Mr. Cuomo and his producers at CNN “have a history keeping nothing sacred and away from politics,” pointing to a November 2018 segment in which he managed to politicize Thanksgiving.
Mr. Cuomo also referenced that the “Jeopardy!” host puts “facts 1st,” which is CNN’s tagline for its ad campaign that declares apples are superior to bananas.
“Cuomo Prime Time” struggles compared to other cable news networks.
During the month of February, “Cuomo Prime Time” was CNN’s highest-rated show, but finished behind 8 FNC programs and 8 MSNBC shows.
Meanwhile, Alex’s announced plan now is to at least work through and complete the show’s season that typically runs through the end of July. He has hosted the show since Y 1984.
Our prayers are with Alex and his family, we have been friends for over 40 years.
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