CNN guest calls the network for the Cuomo brothers “love-a-thon” on air
A CNN guest called the network Sunday morning for having anchor Chris Cuomo conduct glowing “love-a-thon” interviews with his now scandal-ridden brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple flipped the script when Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter asked about “media coverage” of the governor’s scandals “so far”.
“I wouldn’t be sure if I didn’t mention CNN’s great media history here,” said Wemple.
“Chris Cuomo, the anchor at 9 o’clock, covering Andrew Cuomo and having all these wonderful love interviews with him – more than 10 of them.”
“You suspended the conflict of interest rule for Chris Cuomo for these interviews,” continued Wemple. “But suddenly, when Andrew Cuomo was in the middle of a historic scandal in the Albany Statehouse, they got it back on track.”
“I think that’s a big black eye for CNN,” he concluded – before Stelter changed the subject.
CNN said last month that it reintroduced its “rule” preventing Chris Cuomo from interviewing or covering up his brother and reversed policy after the governor made frequent appearances in 2020.
The TV presenter briefly addressed the allegations against his brother on March 1.
“Obviously I know what’s wrong with my brother.” said the anchor at the top of his primetime show. “And of course I can’t cover it because he’s my brother.”
“Now, of course, CNN has to report on it,” the host continued. “You have covered it extensively and will continue to do so.”
The 63-year-old Cuomo has been charged by seven women in the past few weeks of inappropriate behavior or statements, but has firmly denied doing anything wrong. It is also under fire for withholding data on the number of COVID-19 deaths in state nursing homes.