It’s been months now since it was revealed that CNN’s Chris Cuomo was involved in advising his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, regarding the sexual misconduct allegations that he was facing from multiple women.
Yet, CNN did nothing about it when it was announced. They also allowed Chris Cuomo to have his brother on multiple shows, propping him up in the middle of the nursing home scandal and painting him as a great hero of the pandemic with cutesy skits. It violated a basic principle of journalism to do that, but CNN didn’t have a problem with it and Chris Cuomo didn’t see a problem with it until the sexual allegations came. Then, suddenly, Chris said he could not comment on them because of the familial conflict. It’s funny how that “conflict” seemed to only work in only one direction — to the defense of his brother.
But today, more news broke about the depths to which the CNN anchor had been advising his brother. As we reported, he had a major role that he had previously downplayed. He was involved in pushing back on the allegations, including being on the lookout for potential future damaging stories on his brother, monitoring stories he knew were coming, and advising the governor’s office as to what he knew, while also helping draft a formal statement.
Chris was also using his media connections to help his brother, as well, relying on sources he had in the media to let his brother’s team know what reporting was being done on the governor’s accusers.
.@ChrisCuomo was giving updates to DeRosa about the state of @RonanFarrow’s story on a former Gov. Cuomo aide who accused him of sexual harassment, using his sources to relay information to the administration, text exchanges show. pic.twitter.com/VTsHt3v4OJ
— Josefa Velásquez (@J__Velasquez) November 29, 2021
This contradicts what he previously has said on the subject: “I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation.”
Perhaps even more troubling, he appeared to be looking into his brother’s accusers — this tweet references one of them, Anna Ruch.
Chris Cuomo to Melissa DeRosa: “I have a lead on the wedding girl being put up to it” pic.twitter.com/koPx8xJmW3
— Nick Reisman (@NickReisman) November 29, 2021
But in August, the anchor said, “I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward.”
These new revelations have renewed calls for his firing. Of course, if he’d been at any place other than CNN, he would have been gone already.
“If this story is accurate, it describes a series of shocking ethical breaches — fireable offenses at any other news outlet,” Rolling Stone editor-in-chief Noah Schachtman wrote.
“Just to be clear, if anyone else on CNN’s roster did this, they’d not only be fired but blacklisted from journalism period,” MSNBC columnist Eric Michael Garcia insisted.
“It’s hard to imagine any news executive keeping Chris Cuomo on staff after today’s revelations. Then again, as CNN likes to say, ‘THIS is CNN,’” Columbia Journalism School professor Bill Grueskin tweeted.
The new information has finally prompted a statement from CNN.
“The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserves a thorough review and consideration,” CNN stated. “We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”
Sorry, but this is too little, too late. They’ve had months to deal with this. But they let it all go and hoped it would go away. Instead, the evidence has only gotten worse. They are up to their necks in this, too, because they allowed him to promote his brother on his CNN show. They should have gotten rid of him long ago. Even now, knowing that he was digging up info on one of his brother’s accusers, based upon the NY AG’s investigation, they’re still not pulling the trigger. They’re still just putting out this anemic statement. But this time, they may not be able to avoid it, especially when they’re even getting hit by liberal media critics, as well, for how slimy this all was.
We’ll have to see. But let’s hope there’s finally a little justice there, too, and Chris isn’t long for the network.