Last week, critics on each the Right and the Left referred to as for CNN to droop or fireplace information anchor Chris Cuomo for giving his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), counsel amid accusations of sexual harassment.
The Right despises Chris Cuomo, who has excessively and unfairly shamed their views and their political representatives since he took a job in primetime. In their minds, he had it coming.
Meanwhile, the Left, former supporters of each Cuomo brothers, are each ruthless and opportunistic. They say and consider what’s best and most advantageous to them at any given second. To preserve their stance of “believe all women,” liberals now shun Andrew Cuomo and his brother, regardless of their earlier help for them.
Most of those criticisms of Chris Cuomo are correct. He actually wouldn’t counsel endurance or goodwill, ought to a Fox News host ever do the identical factor, and his habits raises additional doubts about CNN as a severe information outlet. All of those statements are true.
So is the next assertion: By serving to his brother in a time of want, Chris Cuomo had put his household first.
I’m not penning this to defend Chris Cuomo. I don’t take care of Cuomo’s commentary. He’s conceited, bombastic, one-sided, elitist, and he has used his household identify to advance within the cable information trade. However, that doesn’t imply we must always ignore the context and reasoning behind his resolution. Not all errors are inexcusable.
Take feelings out of it, ignore your private opinion about Chris Cuomo, and ask your self: what would you’ve gotten achieved in his scenario? If my brother or my sister had come calling in a second of disaster, I’d’ve achieved the whole lot I may to assist, which is what Chris did.
CNN has referred to as Chris’ resolution “irresponsible.” It most actually is, from a journalistic ethics perspective. But it is usually comprehensible. Desperation causes individuals to behave recklessly, and nearly nothing makes individuals really feel determined just like the ache and wrestle of a beloved member of the family. In such moments, we frequently disregard logic and the probably penalties of our actions to guard our family members.
In most instances, we condemn mendacity, probably prison habits, and vengeful retaliation. But our instincts and judgment typically change when a member of our household has achieved unsuitable.
Perhaps Chris Cuomo is in denial that his brother has sexually harassed over 10 ladies. Perhaps he’s giving him a beneficiant advantage of the doubt. Though individuals are solely half-serious after they check with the Cuomo household as “the mob,” the mafia values loyalty to household properly above ethical, moral or authorized codes. There’s one thing to that worth system.
Even Tucker Carlson, a staunch critic of Chris Cuomo, expressed some sympathy for him on Monday:
“It’s his brother. Your loyalty should be to your family above all else. Not joking at all. Maybe even above your job. Maybe even above Jeff Zucker. If your brother calls and says, ‘I need help,’ if you don’t give him help because you’re pretending to be an anchor on some stupid cable channel that nobody watches, you’re betraying your brother.”
Critics from each political ideologies remind us that Chris has by no means talked about a number of of his brother’s scandals on his present, Cuomo Prime Time, and but Chris managed to interview Andrew a number of occasions in the course of the pandemic final 12 months to rejoice his management. However, this argument ignores an essential level: CNN places of work make selections concerning present content material and format, not the person hosts. Thus, Chris Cuomo didn’t select to current or submerge these tales, no matter their affiliation together with his brother. CNN is accountable for this blunder.
As I defined in a column final week, CNN lifted the ban that prohibited Chris from protecting or interviewing his brother then reinstated the clause someday within the fall. Chris Cuomo agreed to that deal in 2013, has not violated it, and acted opposite to it solely when his bosses explicitly licensed him to take action.
CNN has allowed Chris to speak together with his brother on the cellphone, Chris then mistakenly took issues a couple of steps additional in the course of the sexual harassment scandal and consulted with a number of of Andrew’s aides. Chris Cuomo put his community in a foul scenario and is accountable for his actions, however that doesn’t enable us to remove cause, logic and context.
For the second, Cuomo finds himself in an unprecedented scenario: he’s a cable information host and his brother is embroiled in a present political scandal. There’s no precedent for this within the syllabus of journalistic requirements. Chris Cuomo himself is now the usual.
Truth be advised, Chris Cuomo hasn’t broken anybody linked to the sexual harassment claims made in opposition to his brother. Nor has he silenced any of the accusers. He has merely put his household earlier than his job. Chris Cuomo just isn’t a sympathetic determine, however for the primary time in his profession — maybe in his life — he’s a relatable determine. Anyone who says they’d have achieved issues otherwise is mendacity, however to not defend their household. They’d be mendacity to guard their ideological tribe.