There’s actually a pretty decent chance that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will never have to answer — at least politically — for his role in the deaths of thousands of elderly New Yorkers from COVID19. So it’s tempting to see the sexual harassment allegations against him and want him to lose his job over them, just so he’s held accountable for something.

But, like all Americans, Andrew Cuomo is entitled to due process. Fortunately, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick recognizes that:

Lithwick writes:

I am a journalist myself, and I am wholly in favor of a sober and serious probe into Cuomo’s alleged conduct. It’s not a terrible thing to allow an independent investigator to gather all the facts and arrive at a formal conclusion before calling for his immediate ouster. To allow a formal fact-finding process to play out is neither a disparagement of his accusers—whose accounts should be taken absolutely seriously—nor a get-out-of-jail-free card for the governor. It is merely an acknowledgment of something that should have been clear from the vitally important beginnings of the #MeToo era: There is a difference between having the media surface and report predation, and having something akin to a formal process investigate and determine what occurred and what should be done about it. The press has never pretended to be experts at that latter function.

This isn’t a knock on the crucial role played by journalism, which has been invaluable in smoking out abuses that are all too often obscured by confidentiality agreements, acute power imbalances, and victim shaming. It’s simply a recognition that journalism should launch the process of due process, as opposed to finishing it.

To refuse to come to immediate irrevocable conclusions isn’t a repudiation of #MeToo so much as an acknowledgment that serious problems demand sober due process. That isn’t a failure of the left or a double standard. It’s an acknowledgment that facts matter, that they are discernable [sic], and that doing so takes more patience than the blink of a news cycle allows.

Well, that’s refreshing!

Don’t laugh at Slate! And definitely don’t laugh at Dahlia Lithwick! It takes guts to be a journalist who’s willing to shine a light on the journalistic profession’s flaws.

You know what’s even gutsier than that, though? Pretending that you’re above it all when you were right down there in the gutter the entire time.

Here’s another line from Lithwick’s piece on Cuomo:

As I have tried to argue throughout the #MeToo era, journalism when it is not followed up by fact-finding and due process was never going to be the answer to the power and information imbalances that lead to sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood, in government, and in the judiciary.

Ladies and gentlemen, that right there is some textbook gaslighting.


Almost like there’s a pattern.

Gee, wonder what the (D)ifference could be!

Never fails.