Journalism org rips Chris Cuomo, CNN over strategy talks with gov bro

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo acted in a “highly inappropriate” method by advising his huge brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, about how you can deal with a string of sexual misconduct allegations, in accordance with a outstanding journalism group.

Tom Jones of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies wrote that the “Cuomo Prime Time” host’s relationship with his politico sibling represented “a conflict of interest that has been more than a year in the making … [and] finally blew up in CNN’s face.”

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Chris Cuomo took part in strategy classes with the governor’s lawyer and aides, a transparent violation of journalistic ethics. During these classes, the paper reported, Chris Cuomo suggested his older brother to not resign from workplace and depicted the governor as a would-be sufferer of “cancel culture.”

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo’s working relationship with his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was known as “a conflict of interest” by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
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“The host of a primetime show on one of the country’s biggest and most influential cable news networks is advising one of the most powerful and influential politicians in this country on how to handle serious sexual misconduct allegations,” Jones wrote. “This is highly inappropriate for a journalist.”

Chris Cuomo copped to helping his brother out in short remarks on his CNN present Thursday evening, saying: “This is no revelation. I have said it publicly and I certainly have never hidden it. I can be objective on just about any topic but not about my family.”

The youthful Cuomo went on to apologize for placing “my colleagues … who I believe are the best in the business in a bad spot.”

In a press release, CNN stated that whereas Chris Cuomo “often serves as a sounding board for his brother … it was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges. He will not participate in such conversations going forward.”

The community added that the prime-time host wouldn’t be disciplined.

“I don’t even know where to start on all the problems with this,” wrote Jones, who requested: “How do staffers at CNN — especially women — feel about a powerful employee trying to help someone, even if it is his brother, defuse and overcome allegations of disturbing sexual misbehavior? How do the women who made these allegations feel about a high-profile cable news network personality trying to help the man accused of such awful things? How about the citizens of New York?”

“It’s one thing to recuse yourself from coverage. It’s another to try to go behind the scenes and try to help shape what happens,” added Jones, who identified that Chris Cuomo was doubtless advising his older brother “how you can deal with the media and alter the media narrative.

“In other words,” Jones continued, “while Chris Cuomo’s colleagues and other media outlets are doggedly working on this story, Chris is advising his brother and his brother’s staff on how to deal with the media and their reporting.”

In March, Chris Cuomo introduced he wouldn’t cowl the sexual harassment allegations in opposition to his brother on his CNN program, a press release which rang hollow with some viewers given the variety of appearances Andrew Cuomo made on this system in the course of the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jones stopped wanting calling for Chris Cuomo to be fired from CNN, writing he didn’t know if the anchor’s conduct rose to the “egregious” stage vital for dismissal.

“But CNN should’ve seen all this coming, and now it has to live with the consequences,” he concluded, “which is some viewers not being able to trust a major personality on its network.”

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