“I have a lead on the wedding girl,” somebody wrote in a textual content message.
After studying that, you’d in all probability surmise that the writer of the textual content is a few form of investigative journalist working tirelessly to unearth a criminal offense. Or maybe he’s a mobster from the Nineties monitoring down a snitch. But no, a so-called journalist despatched that textual content after he used the investigative sources at his disposal to assist his brother, the governor of New York, make a possible prison scandal go away. And this textual content message might now have price this journalist his job.
As you in all probability know by this level, that governor of New York is Andrew Cuomo, and the “journalist” who despatched the textual content is his youthful brother, Chris Cuomo of CNN.
On Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James launched paperwork that exposed the extent to which Chris Cuomo blurred the road between brother and information anchor to help Andrew Cuomo, who was going through widespread sexual harassment allegations. Unbeknownst to CNN, Cuomo used his media connections to hunt details about brother Andrew’s accusers, which many see as an abuse of journalistic powers.
CNN suspended Cuomo indefinitely on Tuesday evening.
Initially, Cuomo claimed he had solely “listened” and “offered advice” to his brother and his aides concerning the sexual harassment state of affairs. At the time, CNN referred to as such actions “irresponsible,” however opted to not punish him. CNN had finally calculated that Cuomo’s upside — he was the community’s main ratings-getter in 2020 — nonetheless offset all of the distractions. In August, I defended CNN’s choice.
Yet now that we’ve new data concerning the extent of Chris Cuomo’s involvement within the scandal and the truth that his viewership has hit an all-time low, it’s laborious to think about that CNN will likely be fairly as forgiving this time.
Cuomo claimed that, in looking for damnable details about the ladies who had accused Gov. Andrew of sexual harassment, he’d acted as a brother, not an anchor. And whereas such conduct is inappropriate for somebody in his career, demonstrating household loyalty isn’t vile or appalling. That’s not the issue.
The drawback is that Cuomo acted as each a trouble and a primetime anchor to guard Andrew. Cuomo used the facility and sources that come by advantage of working for CNN to dig up filth on his brother’s accusers, an motion that now displays on CNN as an organization.
In a uncommon second of solidarity, media shops on either side of the political aisle have referred to as for CNN to half methods with Cuomo.
The Atlantic, a CNN supporter, has demanded that the community take motion. “Chris Cuomo Must Go,” its headline reads.
Meghan McCain has additionally put strain on CNN president Jeff Zucker. “If CNN president Jeff Zucker won’t fire Chris Cuomo for lying about how he targeted his sex pest brother’s accusers, then HE should be the one under investigation,” wrote Meghan McCain.
Similar headlines are nonetheless flowing in, warning CNN executives that they’ll change into the story in the event that they don’t act accordingly. CNN ace Jake Tapper has additionally put strain on Zucker to behave swiftly, in accordance to stories. Apparently, all it took was a cable information host to unite sworn enemies.
Meanwhile, if there’s anybody inside CNN combating for Chris Cuomo, odds are, it’s not Cuomo himself. His recent conduct means that he knew the AG would launch these paperwork and that he’d already checked out at CNN.
For instance, on his SiriusXM radio present, Cuomo uncharacteristically lashed out at “woke folks,” a bunch with which he often aligns, and their stance on Thanksgiving.
“(Thanksgiving) is my jam,” Cuomo mentioned. “And now you woke of us making an attempt to kill it for me.
“Listen, man, you know, don’t come up at me with all this pilgrim stuff. I don’t give a damn about the pilgrims and the indigenous people, the Native Americans, the Indians, wherever, whatever, whatever group of them wants to be called. I don’t care about any of that.”
Walking into CNN headquarters after admitting you don’t give a rattling about indigenous individuals takes balls.
Then on Tuesday, former CNN producer Steve Krakauer identified that Cuomo has additionally just lately attacked the media for the continuing COVID hysteria:
Now that we all know Cuomo has been suspended indefinitely, final evening’s present open does seem to be the form of section he’d do if he knew it is likely to be his final evening on the air. (For what it’s price, I feel he was proper in his evaluation.) https://t.co/kfQt1KjCDX
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) November 30, 2021
Then, on Wednesday, Cuomo lastly addressed his brother’s resignation for the primary time because it occurred again in August:
“[Andrew] had the Republicans hating him and the media never really liked him. So that is too much. And that is why he had to resign. I did not want him to resign in the beginning because I believed him. But eventually, when there wasn’t going to be due process, and his party was against him, and obviously the Republicans weren’t going to help him, then he had no choice because he couldn’t do the work of the state anymore.”
Add all this up, and it’s laborious to conclude that Cuomo has a long-term future at CNN — or any future in any respect. CNN has a listing of people that might preserve his primetime common of round 750,000 viewers at 9 pm ET. Such individuals embrace Jim Acosta; Michael Smerconish, Cuomo’s common fill-in; and Laura Coates, who visitor anchors rather than Don Lemon.
Meanwhile, Cuomo will presumably direct his attentions to his SiriusXM program, which he enjoys, or enter the direct-to-consumer fray, a route during which most tv hosts will ultimately head anyway. Though embroiled in controversy, Cuomo has a big sufficient following to enter the direct-to-consumer house and enhance his profile with SiriusXM, a platform higher match for his bombastic fashion.
Though Cuomo re-signed with CNN final 12 months, the hazy phrases of his contract might issue into the choice concerning his future on the community. If the contract prevents CNN from sufficiently chopping Cuomo’s wage, Cuomo himself, who doubtless sees the writing on the wall, might expedite his personal exit with an agreed-upon buyout — an consequence which might profit each events.
Chris Cuomo suggested his brother, Andrew, to resign as governor of New York in August as a result of, to make use of his phrases, “the time had come.” Cuomo knew his brother’s political energy had diminished so severely that he was nearly ineffectual. Now, a couple of months later, Chris Cuomo and his time with CNN look eerily related.