In this episode of “The Most Trusted Name in News,” Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple was a guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, as part of a panel discussion on media coverage in general of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ever-worsening nursing home and sexual allegations scandals. And then it happened. The elephant in the room.
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When host Brian Stelter asked Wemple for his take, Wemple gave it to him in no uncertain terms — much to the chagrin of Mr. Potato Head. “I would be remiss, Brian,” he began.
“I would be remiss, Brian, if I didn’t mention CNN’s own huge media story here with Chris Cuomo, the anchor at the nine-o’clock hour, who covered Andrew Cuomo and had all these wonderful love-a-thon interviews with him — more than ten of them.
“They suspended the conflict of interest rule for Chris Cuomo for those interviews, yet all of a sudden they’ve enforced it again now that Andrew Cuomo is in the midst of a historic scandal in the Albany State House.
“That is a major black eye for CNN,” Wemple emphasized. No word if Stelter wet his pants.
And the second-best part? The looks on the faces of Stelter and the other three panelists as Wemple burned Chris Cuomo and “The Most Trusted Name in News” to the ground.
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As noted by Fox News, the on-air brotherly lovefest came to a sudden halt when Fredo announced he would refrain from covering the sexual assault allegations surrounding his brother — “a change of tune from the months of glowing coverage he offered the governor.”
And who could forget Pulitzer Prize-worthy interviews like Fredo’s critically-acclaimed, hard-hitting “Q-tip interview” with the Luv Guv? Walter Cronkite would no doubt be proud.
Really? Why did he have that hard hitting Q-tip routine with him then? pic.twitter.com/1qF919imKH
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Here’s a longer clip with Stelter’s response to Wemple. Spoiler: Tater deflected by blaming the embattled New York governor for now refusing CNN’s “repeated” requests for interviews, rather than specifically respond to Wemple’s blowtorch.
.@ErikWemple, during an appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources, calls out CNN for allowing the Cuomo-Cuomo “love-a-thon” interviews last year but suspending them now that the governor is in the midst of a scandal:
“It is a major black eye for this network.” pic.twitter.com/jMX1ppqO4T
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Gotta love it. Smug, hypocritical Chris Cuomo getting burned to the ground, on-air — on his own equally-smug network. Jake Tapper was unavailable for comment.