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Douglas Andrews / March 8, 2021

Chris Cuomo Is the Shame of CNN

The network anchor tells us he can’t talk about his brother now, but nothing stopped him from doing so during better times.

Andrew Cuomo was no doubt hoping things would die down a bit this weekend. They didn’t. Two more accusers have come forward, bringing the total to five women who’ve now charged New York’s disgraced Democrat governor with sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.

In this, the #MeToo era, and coupled with the far more serious allegations that he sentenced perhaps thousands of his state’s nursing home and long-term-care citizens to unnecessary death due to his disastrous policy of returning highly contagious COVID-positive patients back to those facilities, you’d think the Emmy Award-winning one-time media darling would have the decency to resign.

You’d think.

But with some 15,000 of the state’s long-term-care residents having died, and with Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, having recently admitted on a conference call with fellow Democrats that they’d refused to release the actual death count data due to their fear that Donald Trump might use it against Cuomo, and with more and more Democrats calling for his resignation, the governor seems utterly defiant.

“I was elected by the people of the state,” he said Sunday during a quick conference call with reporters. “I wasn’t elected by politicians. I’m not gonna resign because of allegations.”

A powerful fellow Democrat, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, was unimpressed. “Every day there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government,” she said. “We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the Covid-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project.”

Cuomo, though, appears to have no shame.

And speaking of shameless guys named Cuomo, what’s with his younger brother Chris and his enablers over there at CNN? As columnist Maureen Callahan asked, “Is there a bigger joke in broadcast news than Chris Cuomo?”

Answer: No.

The CNN anchor repeatedly yukked it up on-air with his big brother during the pandemic’s early days, when Andy was writing books, winning Emmys, and doing victory laps. But now all he can say is that he’s “aware of what’s going on with my brother, and obviously, I cannot cover it because he is my brother.”

But it was okay for Chris to tell his brother, “No matter how hard you’re working, there’s always time to call Mom. She wants to hear from you.” And to ask him hard-hitting questions like, “Now I’ve seen you referred to a little bit recently as the LuvGuv and I’m wondering if that’s bleeding into your demeanor at all and making you a little soft on the president?” And to inquire, “Do you think you are an attractive person now because you’re single and ready to mingle?”

From a journalistic perspective, the obvious question arises: What did Chris know, and when did he know it? Or are we to believe that the younger brother and the “news” network that employs him had no idea about Andrew Cuomo’s behavior in office, nor any inclination to find out?

“[Andrew Cuomo is] an elected official standing up and reminding us that we’ve been in bad situations before and the way we’ve always persevered is by sticking together,” said CNN about the brother of one of its most high-profile employees. “That only by understanding we are all in this together — healthy, sick, old, young, health care worker, politician, whatever, will we get through it. That there is always a light at the end of the tunnel even if we can’t always see it. And that getting there won’t be easy, but we will get there. That is leadership. That is empathy in action. That is what we need.”

No wonder CNN calls itself “The Most Trusted Name in News.”

Footnote: How long until there’s a claim against Chris?

(Updated.)

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