WASHINGTON. For most, the restaurant bar is a buoyant gathering place to hoist a few adult beverages with friends after a long day at the office. For others, the venue provides a high, hard stool on which to perch while staring intensely at the russet liquid suspended in a crystal tumbler cupped in their tightly laced fingers. A high-proof reflecting pool within which to drown life’s many failures. For others, like Cuomo, it’s a chance to participate in a viral video.
Fredo gets his comeuppance
It seems members of the legacy media are prone to experience the latter. CNN personality Chris Cuomo, for one, couldn’t even drown his sorrows quietly before his reveries were interrupted by a man as unsettling as CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta.
The stranger approached Cuomo and called him “Fredo.” Fredo is a reference to the dull-witted son of gangster Vito Corleone of “The Godfather” movie trilogy.
“I can handle things! I’m smart!” Fredo famously protests to younger brother and mob leader Michael Corleone, “Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!”
And like Fredo, Cuomo demands deference.
“No, punk-ass bitches from the right call me ‘Fredo,’” exclaimed Fredo, I mean Cuomo, to the stranger. “My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” he said in a video gone viral over social media.
Losing his audience
Cuomo is slow to realize that it is his position at CNN that makes him the butt of this particular joke. The network’s ratings have tanked in the aftermath of the Russiagate fizzle. Cuomo’s weekly audience hovers at around 6.5 million. To provide some perspective, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s weekly radio audience stands at 30 million.
And it is Limbaugh who takes credit for giving Cuomo the Fredo moniker.
“These people can dish it out,” said Limbaugh of overly sensitive mainstream media types during his nationally syndicated radio show last Tuesday. “They can talk about Donald Trump all day long… But, man, they cannot take a single little bit.”
Fredo pulls the ethnic card
The thin-skinned Cuomo accused his ridiculer of slurring his Italian ethnicity, saying the joke was like invoking the “N word” for those of Italian extraction. But Cuomo forgets that Fredo Corleone is a character not remembered so much for his Italian ancestry as for being, well, dumb.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 13, 2019
Like the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, Cuomo and the media lament that they “get no respect.” But that disrespect is well deserved in light of all the Trump Derangement that followed his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton and its obsession with the phony Trump/Russia collusion story.
Fredo’s big lie
As liberal journalist Matt Taibbi wrote in Rolling Stone magazine:
“We’re not trying to be right more often than Trump – we’re trying to not be wrong, ever. It’s a standard, not a competition.
“You know what was fake news? Most of the Russiagate story. There was no Trump-Russia conspiracy, that thing we just spend three years chasing. The Mueller Report is crystal clear on this.” (The Press Will Learn Nothing From the Russiagate Fiasco -Rolling Stone)
Everybody but Fredo is a racist
The fake-news media has grudgingly come to understand the blind alley down which the Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy theory has led them. But this dead-end has only intensified their anger over yet another unexpected Trump victory. And so, they have lashed out at the president again, accusing him of responsibility for the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. And of being the titular head of America’s massive white supremacy movement.
How massive is this movement, you ask? The answer came from MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch:
“You can’t say I like his [Trump’s] economic policy but I disagree [with his racism] … You can’t do it. You get the whole package… You own the racism.”
In other words, if you voted for Trump in 2016, you’re a white supremacist whose only chance at redemption is to vote for the Democrat in 2020. And the media wonders why Americans of good faith refuse to buy left-leaning newspapers or watch network news.
Tell Fredo to get lost
The legacy media expects too much in their demand that average Americans believe their farfetched narratives, respect their moral superiority, and cower in the face of their personal insults.
Let’s hope the Fredos of the mainstream media never stop running into folks like the man who confronted Chris Cuomo with the same dripping contempt in which he holds us.
Godfather author Mario Puzo could have been thinking of that very man when he wrote:
“He had long ago learned that society imposes insults that must be borne, comforted by the knowledge that in this world there comes a time when the most humble of men if he keeps his eyes open, can take his revenge on the most powerful.”
Top Images: CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. CNN screen capture.
(Inset) Actor John Cazale plays Fredo Corleone in “The Godfather.” Screen capture.