CNN’s Chris Cuomo opened his primetime show Thursday addressing the report that he advised his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on how to respond to sexual harassment allegations from several women earlier this year.
Cuomo claimed he never his, and was open about advising his brother to deny, and contest the sexual assault allegations by multiple women.
CNN's @ChrisCuomo apologizes for advising his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, on how to respond to sexual harassment allegations:
"It was a mistake… I am sorry for that." pic.twitter.com/6HQCSDqzej
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 21, 2021
Staffers Detest CNN’s Chris Cuomo
CNN’s media writers reported after that “Multiple CNN staffers said they were bothered by Cuomo’s conduct and the violation of traditional journalistic standards.”
"The revelation that Cuomo had advised his brother vexed staffers inside CNN," @oliverdarcy writes. "Multiple CNN staffers said they were bothered by Cuomo's conduct and the violation of traditional journalistic standards." https://t.co/HdDrKowce6
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 20, 2021
Here are my thoughts on the development from earlier today:
This is incredibly damning for CNN. CNN has defended the anchor over and over again, noting that Chris has a ban that prohibits him from covering his brother. Fine, but an exception was made last year when Andrew Cuomo guested on his brother’s show a bevy of times. The New York governor’s popularity then grew, as his TV anchor brother humanized him on TV, an advantage few politicians have. Then once the story went south, sexual harassment allegations began to surface and a deadly nursing home cover-up was exposed, CNN announced they had reinstated the ban.
Bizarrely, Chris Cuomo even opened a show in March to say he wouldn’t cover his brother, but that he is aware of the growing number of sexual harassment allegations leveled against him. The CNN anchor did not disclose that he had been advising his brother on the matter. Instead, he merely said he saw the news.
Of course, CNN says Chris Cuomo will not be disciplined.