Over the past day, there’s been some more news in the continual saga of the Andrew Cuomo scandal.
As we reported earlier, federal prosecutors are now reportedly expanding their investigation beyond the nursing home scandal and are now looking into whether the Cuomo Administration provided special access to COVID-19 testing for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s family and friends.
On top of it, news broke today that CNN’s Chris Cuomo had taken part in conference calls advising his brother on how to handle the sexual harassment/assault allegations being made by several women against him and reportedly advising him not to resign. After the news broke, CNN admitted that this was “inappropriate” but said that Chris Cuomo would not face any discipline.
Now, Chris Cuomo is apologizing for his actions.
He reminded everyone how he said he couldn’t cover his brother’s scandal in March 2021, after the sexual harassment allegations exploded.
“I can be objective about just about any topic,” Cuomo declared. “But not about my family. Those of you who watch this show get it. Like you, I bet, my family means everything to me. And I am fiercely loyal to them. I am family first, job second. But, being a journalist and a brother to a politician is unique and a unique challenge, and I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles. It’s not always easy.
“People can say and write what they want, but I want you to know the truth. How I helped my brother also matters. When my brother’s situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his and advisers, that did include some of his staff, I understand why that was a problem for CNN. It will not happen again. It was a mistake, because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot. I never intended for that, I would never intend for that, and I am sorry for that.”
“It’s also important for you to understand not only do I not cover this here, I’ve never tried to influence this network’s coverage of my brother. In fact, I’ve been walled off from it,” Cuomo said. He claimed it was “a unique and difficult situation,” but argued he knew “where the line is. I can respect it and still be there for my family, which I must. I have to do that. I love my brother, I love my family, I love my job, and I love and respect my colleagues here at CNN. And again, to them, I am truly sorry. You know who I am. You know what I’m about, and I want this to be said in public to you who give me the opportunity and to my colleagues who make me better at what I do.”
Except this is nonsense, as we know, since Chris Cuomo delivered completely prejudicial coverage of his brother on CNN last year, even doing skits and praising how wonderful his brother was, turning him into the “hero of the pandemic.” CNN knew it was a completely offensive conflict, but they approved it all anyway. He knows “where the line is?” He crossed the line with all of his coverage of his brother last year, as did his network. He didn’t try to influence them? You mean they were that dumb and offensive all on their own? Chris can’t try to spin for them now, they allowed this mess to happen. They provided completely ethically conflicted coverage and then hid when the scandal blew up, saying he couldn’t cover his brother as though he hadn’t been doing so for all that time.
But Chris Cuomo has no journalistic ethics, and CNN doesn’t either.
Why does CNN think it’s no big deal that Chris Cuomo strategized against at least 7 women publicly accusing the NYS Guv of sex. harassment & assault? How would you feel if you were a female staffer on his team? What mattered wasn’t the truth, it was protecting the family, period.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) May 20, 2021
At the very least @ChrisCuomo should be suspended. But these Cuomo people seem to get away with pretty much anything.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) May 20, 2021
Women's group UltraViolet calls on CNN to immediately suspend Chris Cuomo and launch an immediate investigation into his involvement in his brother's effort to dismiss sexual harassment allegations. pic.twitter.com/HPYxLh7f2b
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 20, 2021
The job of the press is to hold people who abuse their power accountable. @ChrisCuomo has the loudest microphone at the biggest news station in the country. Entire power systems are structured to protect men like @NYGovCuomo. Example ♾ why women don't come forward. https://t.co/aznMFO685J
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) May 20, 2021