CNN says that CNN’s anchor Chris Cuomo was under investigation after reports suggested that he used media outlets to obtain information regarding sexual harassment accusations against Andrew Cuomo (disgraced ex-Gov.).
CNN’s business section first addressed the controversy Monday evening.
“The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration,” CNN said in a statement.
“We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”
‘Seeking clarity’ is simply throwing a bone to Cuomo that he doesn’t necessarily deserve, especially considering documents released by the New York Attorney General’s Office plainly show the anchor trying to help craft his brother’s response to the allegations and to dig up “intel” on the women accusing him.
Cuomo previously dismissed his role as a key player in this process.
NEW: CNN host Chris Cuomo used his sources to get info on brother Andrew Cuomo’s accusers. To get an idea of upcoming stories about his brother, he also spoke with sources.
“I have a lead on the wedding girl,” Cuomo told Melissa DeRosa. https://t.co/KNEYbGXoGu
— Brian Schwartz (@schwartzbCNBC) November 29, 2021
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RELATED: New York AG Report Implicates CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo In Helping Craft Governor Brother’s Sexual Harassment Response
Cuomo’s Journalistic Malpractice At CNN
The Political Insider in August revealed that the Attorney General report on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal implicated the anchor in helping craft a defense for the man he has referred to as the “Luv Guv.”
“Internal documents and communications obtained during the investigation, it appears that the Governor’s advisors, including … Chris Cuomo, counseled him to express contrition after the press published Ms. Bennett’s allegations,” the report reads.
Cuomo also, per multiple sources for the Washington Post, “joined a series of conference calls that included the Democratic governor, his top aide, his communications team, lawyers and a number of outside advisers” on “how to respond to sexual harassment allegations.”
Andrew Cuomo’s Smear Team: His Brother and Top Advisers, Transcripts Reveal – THE CITY https://t.co/QhcqSdsQcX
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) November 30, 2021
Cuomo at first downplayed the severity of his actions, but then he issued an apology.
“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,” he said. “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,” Cuomo added. “I never intended for that, I would never intend for that, and I am sorry for that.”
The documents clearly show that Chris Cuomo played a greater role in helping his brother. He even used his sources to help him.
“Chris Cuomo Caught Doing Something That Would Get Any Other Journalist Fired” @RollingStone https://t.co/avPnLgU6mF
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) November 29, 2021
RELATED: CNN’s Chris Cuomo Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Former Boss In NYT Op-Ed
CNN is practically compelled to fire Chris Cuomo despite their best efforts at coddling him through all the scandals that have engulfed him.
It’s one thing to act in the best interest of your family – I get that on some level – but to use sources at the network to help in that effort? Completely unacceptable.
“CNN host Chris Cuomo used his sources in the media world to seek information on women who accused his brother Andrew Cuomo, then the governor of New York, of sexual harassment,” CNBC reports.
It really doesn’t get any more damning than that.
A text exchange takes place between @ChrisCuomo and top Andrew Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa, the CNN host asks to “please let me help with the prep” of his older brother’s sexual harassment defense and helps devise a PR strategy. pic.twitter.com/XnQ3W2axWE
— Josefa Velásquez (@J__Velasquez) November 29, 2021
Not only did Chris Cuomo use his sources for information – “I have a lead on the wedding girl,” he texted to the governor’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa – but he offered full texts of statements his brother could give in response to fighting the allegations.
Statements which appear to have been partially or even paraphrased at some point.
Below is an email from CNN anchor Chris Cuomo that shows him being involved in the creation of a statement to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s February 28th 2021.
On the right, the official statement released by the Governor’s office on February 28, 2021. pic.twitter.com/ymL9P29puK
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 3, 2021
According to transcripts from the AG’s office of conversations with investigators, Cuomo admitted his role in formulating a plan of attack against his brother’s accusers.
“I would – when asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out,” Cuomo said.
According to the New York Times, DeRosa had requested “intel” from Chris Cuomo to which he responded at least one time, “On it.”
Chris Cuomo Must Go – The Atlantic https://t.co/y1nJxtUN0N
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) November 30, 2021
CNN should review Chris Cuomo. It is overdue. At this stage, it may not matter. Cuomo’s ratings have been tumbling and he is no longer taken seriously by any informed viewer.
Months of hard work by the network to overlook that Andrew Cuomo, their top anchor, had manipulated news.
Cuomo had been shielded from covering his brother’s scandals by a conveniently placed policy by the network which prevents him from doing so – but had already covered the topic for months before the policy was announced.
“Obviously, I cannot cover it because he is my brother,” the younger Cuomo would say.
But that policy wasn’t intact when Cuomo was propping up his brother as the COVID savior, teasing him with giant cotton swabs, and even promoting him as the “Luv Guv.”
Not objective but true,the facts tell the story.NY had & has its struggles but they’re doing way better than what we see elsewhere & no way that happens without the Luv Guv dishing the real 24/7.He works with relentless intensity & NY’s better for it.And as a brother, I am proud. pic.twitter.com/M1TrAtQwCo
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) June 25, 2020
With the aid of CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Chris Cuomo a major figure in the pandemic was allowed create a false narrative regarding his handling the crisis.
When scandals started multiplying, he was granted shelter.
It is now clear that his brother was an advisor and an activist in the course of an active investigation.
It is now that you can support, share, and encourage the people whom you have faith.
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