Andrew Cuomo really must be sick and tired of the media.
During the flight back to New York following his trade mission to Cuba, the New York governor apparently flaunted his appreciation for Cuba’s treatment of the press, saying he likes the communist state’s approach to dealing with the media.
Cuomo’s comments were tweeted out by Susanne Craig, the Albany bureau chief for The New York Times, who was on the plane at the time having covered the trip.
Happening now: Andrew Cuomo has taken over the Jet Blue speaker on our flight home from Havana. Says he likes Cuba's approach to the press.
— Susanne Craig (@susannecraig) April 21, 2015
The NY governor’s trip lasted little more than 24 hours in the Cuban capital city.
The communist island obviously, has an extremely tenuous approach to the media, and nearly all of it is state-controlled. According to the 2015 Press Freedom Index, Cuba is ranked 169th and surrounded by nations such as Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Somalia. Meanwhile, the U.S. is ranked 34th.
For example, the Cuban people did not hear the news of Alan Gross’ release until hours after the news hit the airwaves in the U.S. because of state media dominance. (RELATED: CNN Reporter In Havana: Cuban State Media Hasn’t Shared Alan Gross News With Public)