Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson responded to the indefinite suspension of CNN host Chris Cuomo – and it might not be what you’d expect.
Cuomo came under fire earlier in the week following reports that indicate he used media sources to track down information on his brother, disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s, sexual harassment accusers.
CNN evaluated the findings and declared them serious enough to warrant an ‘indefinite suspension’ from the network.
“These documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew,” they said in a statement. “As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
— Newsmax (@newsmax) November 30, 2021
RELATED: Chris Cuomo Under Fire Following Report He Used Sources To Track Down Info On His Brother’s Sexual Harassment Accusers
Tucker Carlson Addresses Chris Cuomo Suspension
Tucker Carlson was not an all-all ally of Chris Cuomo. He began his broadcast with a defence of Chris Cuomo over his CNN suspension.
Carlson was the one who called out Cuomo in his fake news segments, and mocked him repeatedly for his self-absorbed videos of his workouts.
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Sometimes, he even combined the two, once outing Chris for staging emergence from a coronavirus quarantine and describing him as a “buff cable news Lazarus.”
Video (2/2) @TuckerCarlsonFredo turns on the heat @ChrisCuomo for acting like a “buff cable news Lazarus” when he’s instead filled with “narcissism.” With help from “shameless cheeseballs” at CNN, they created a scandal by demanding we stay locked in while he roams #Tucker pic.twitter.com/GLgE9hHa2n
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 22, 2020
Monday’s segment delivered more of the same from Carlson as he delivered endless jokes about Cuomo and his weightlifting segments.
Tucker wondered how Cuomo got to become the CNN star in the first instance.
“How, we wondered, how could a man who could barely speak English wind up with a paying job on television?” he said. “Some kind of weird affirmative action program for the illiterate?”
What may surprise you, however, is This Carlson came strongly to Cuomo’s defense, indicating that these actions were the least of his journalistic transgressions because he was putting family first – no matter how “loathsome” his brother is.
“Your most basic obligation is to the people you are related to,” Carlson pointed out. “When they need your help – no matter who they are, even if you’re the governor of a state, even if they are horrible people – you help them anyway because it’s your family.”
“Chris Cuomo may be an idiot – and he is – but he understands that,” he added. “What a thing to be fired for.”
Chris Cuomo may be an idiot, but he understands that his obligation is to the people he’s related to. You help people who need it. pic.twitter.com/pjZ0owkhDH
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) December 1, 2021
Reported by Ratings Report: CNN has lost more than half its viewers since Trump left office
Some aren’t as understanding
Carlson is right to make a point. The Political Insider observed Monday that acting in the best interests of one’s family members was understandable.
Still, crafting his brother’s response to sexual harassment allegations, digging up “intel” on the women accusing him, and skewing coverage of former Governor Cuomo’s COVID response while casting yourself as a journalist is not.
Needless to say, there were others not quite as understanding over Chris Cuomo’s actions as Tucker Carlson.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) November 30, 2021
Trump made a scathing attack on Cuomo, claiming that Cuomo was fired because he had been rated as garbage and wasn’t a Fredo.
“Great news for television viewers, they have just suspended Chris Cuomo indefinitely,” Trump said.
“The big question is, was it because of his horrendous ratings, which in all fairness have permeated CNN and MSDNC, or was it because his brother is no longer Governor?” he added. “Probably both.”
— Zack Fink (@ZackFinkNews) December 1, 2021
His show leads the network, despite his poor ratings.
Fox News meteorologist and author Janice Dean, whose husband’s parents were both victims of COVID-19 in which nursing homes in New York played a part, was far less forgiving.
Cuomo allowed the Governor to air often to brag about the efforts he made to combat the pandemic. Big brother even issued an executive order that required New York nursing homes to accept COVID-positive New Yorkers.
The order resulted in thousands of seniors – like Dean’s in-laws – succumbing to the virus.
It was this moment that changed my life. Anger turned into grief. All the rest is history. pic.twitter.com/uSiG6QWM4N
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) December 1, 2021
“I’m not surprised,” Dean said told the Daily Mail, “because early on in the pandemic, [Chris] was hosting his brother on CNN on a pretty regular basis – it was a comedy routine while thousands of people were dying.”
“We’re in a state of trauma and mourning, not being able to see them, and meanwhile, the Cuomo brothers were having a great old time,” she said in disgust.
Dean said the indefinite suspension was “the very least CNN could do” but wondered if he is still being paid by the network.
Carlson notes that while he doesn’t believe the latest revelations amount to a firable offense, other actions did – particularly his quarantine stunt and repeatedly demanding his viewers wear a mask even as he went about not doing so and yelling at anyone who challenged him.
“Helping his brother is not the worst thing [Chris Cuomo] ever did,” Carlson remarked. “In fact, it may have been the best thing he ever did.”
That’s a pretty low bar.
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