- CNN presenter Chris Cuomo faces criticism after announcing that he will not cover allegations of sexual harassment against his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
- The TV presenter said he “obviously” could not cover his brother’s scandals because it was a conflict of interest.
- But critics have noted that this standard does not apply when a CNN presenter regularly hosts his brother for softball interviews during the first months of the COVID-19 crisis.
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CNN prime time host Chris Cuomo faces criticism after announcing on Monday that he would not cover allegations of sexual harassment against his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, although he has accepted it several times in the past year. friendly interviews.
On Monday night, the governor was accused of sexual harassment and an unwanted advance by a third woman, Anna Ruch, who said Cuomo touched her on the back, held her face and asked to kiss her at a wedding in 201
“I’m obviously aware of what’s going on with my brother,” the CNN presenter said. “And obviously I can’t cover him because he’s my brother,” he continued. “Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They’ve covered it widely and will continue to do so.”
CNN and Chris Cuomo faced a reaction because they invited the governor to the program for a series of interviews about the COVID-19 crisis. The governor has received months of positive press to deal with the pandemic, but is now dealing with a scandal over the retention of data on deaths in nursing homes by his administration.
On Monday and Tuesday, a number of voices from the political spectrum called the network hypocritical and insisted that it should never have released the governor in Cuomo Prime Time.
“Obviously I can’t cover him because he’s my brother,” “It would be a pretty good rule from the start,” tweets Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, a conservative magazine.
Yashar Ali, a liberal journalist, said CNN’s decision to allow Cuomos to appear on television together was wrong. Megan McCain, a conservative host of The View, scolded Cuomos for their carefree interviews last year and accused CNN of undermining media credibility.
A CNN spokesman did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
—Yashar Ali @ (@yashar) March 2, 2021
—Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) March 2, 2021
AyJay Caruso (@JayCaruso) March 2, 2021
—Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 2, 2021
—Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 2, 2021
David Graham of the Atlantic reported last year that CNN agreed that an interview between two brothers did not meet his journalistic standards, so he banned Chris from interviewing Andrew for about seven years. But in March 2020, the network began making exceptions to this rule and allowed the governor to talk to his brother about the coronavirus on a regular basis. These conversations were personal and informal – the brothers joked with each other and discussed the family drama – and both Cuomos saw their ratings rise.
“It was easy to see what was won: CNN got a TV to watch, and the governor’s office got a chance to humanize a politician who was more respected (usually resentful) than loved,” Graham wrote in May. “From a short distance, it is clear what has been lost: the responsibility for New York’s problematic response to the crisis.”
Sometimes the CNN presenter insulted his brother with live praise on the air.
“I’m amazed at what you did and, more importantly, I’m amazed at how you did it,” he said in an interview in June. “Obviously I think you’re the best politician in the country, but I hope you feel good about what you did for your people, because I know they appreciate it.”
—Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) June 25, 2020
CNN said in a statement last month that it had made an “exception to the rule” because “the early months of the pandemic crisis were extraordinary.”
“We thought Chris talking to his brother about the challenges of what millions of American families are struggling with is of significant human interest,” the spokesman said. “As a result, we made an exception to a rule we introduced in 2013 that prevented Chris from interviewing and covering for his brother, and that rule remains in effect today. CNN has widely covered the news about Governor Cuomo.”