Finally, on Monday night, Chris Cuomo addressed the controversy and scandal imploding around his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and spoke about CNN’s coverage of it, saying he wasn’t able to cover it.
His remarks really were infuriating.
>> @ChrisCuomo at the top of @CuomoPrimeTime tonight: "Obviously I am aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so." pic.twitter.com/G49mZYTG4D
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 2, 2021
“You’re straight with me. I’ll be straight with you. Obviously I am aware of what is going on with my brother,” Cuomo said. “And obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so. I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so. “There’s a lot of news going on that matters also so let’s get after that.”
First of all, a little late to come to this realization that you shouldn’t be covering your brother, don’t you think? Since you participated, effectively, in promoting the cover-up with a false image of your brother because you didn’t report on the scandal unfolding around him. Instead you not only didn’t report on the nursing home scandal, you did extensive time praising his response, having cutesy skits with him, talking about how women were crushing on him and calling him the “luv gov.” It was gross and disgusting then. It’s gross and disgusting now that you would try to just run past that as though it never happened and you don’t owe us all an apology for the deception and the conflict of interest.
Here are a couple of examples of that ‘coverage.’
Andrew Cuomo was shown in a positive light while all of his corruption was being covered up and one of the popular journalists covering him was his little brother, Chris Cuomo, at CNN pretending to hit him with hardball questions. 😒 #Corruption #FakeNewspic.twitter.com/1HbQJpTh5X
— Malcolm Oliver 🕊 (@immalcolmoliver) February 22, 2021
Their comedy skit routine, six days after I reported on the cover-up of how New York was juggling the numbers of the deaths so they wouldn’t look as high. Also after Chris was out despite his ‘quarantine.’ But he’ll be straight with you, remember.
"Is it true that when you were having the test administered, you inhaled and the doctor’s finger went all the way up your nose and got stuck?"
— The Hill (@thehill) May 21, 2020
Second, it’s false that CNN covered it extensively. Indeed for a very long time, through all the cutesy skits and the evolving scandal last year, they scrupulously avoided covering it. Even when it finally exploded in the last couple of weeks, CNN wasn’t right on it.
Cuomo’s remarks tonight just inflamed everyone who has watched how this has all unfolded over the past year.
Too effing late. https://t.co/Z1O816ppwB
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) March 2, 2021
I will never forget these guys joking around while we screamed in horror at the thousands that were dying around us. An apology would’ve been a good start @ChrisCuomo
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) March 2, 2021
Jounalists called out the obvious issues with what Chris and CNN had done in propping up his brother and how now he sought to hide behind the “conflict” not to have to address it.
Hmmm maybe the media reporter could explain to us why the jokes with Governor/brother was cool but now scandal/brother= cannot discuss. Hmmmm. https://t.co/Da8UnS9Lq3
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 2, 2021
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) March 2, 2021
CNN spent all of last year turning Andrew Cuomo into a covid superhero via hits on his brother’s show despite all the facts showing he’d done the worst job of any elected official in America. Now Chris suddenly can’t cover him? Total disaster for CNN. https://t.co/uR2Ad8sKQj
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 2, 2021
Confusing: Why is it that Chris Cuomo cannot cover his brother the governor now, when he could cover his brother the governor last year at a time when some in media were pretending the governor was doing a good job handling the pandemic? https://t.co/BwDHtcskuB
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 2, 2021
The fact CNN ever allowed Andrew Cuomo to appear on Chris Cuomo’s show is incomprehensible to me. https://t.co/2SbF0iMCQV
— Susanne Craig (@susannecraig) March 2, 2021
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) March 2, 2021
Andrew Cuomo is finally being investigated and looked into for a lot of these things that were done. But it isn’t just him but CNN and his brother that need to answer up for their part in what went down here.