Source: Carmine Sabia
There is some infighting at CNN and it could become more interesting than anything they news network has show on its shows in a long time.
CNN’s chief anchor, and host of “State of the Union” tore into CNN evening host Chris Cuomo after it was learned that he provided advice to his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during his many scandals this year.
Tapper was speaking to The New York Times when he accused Cuomo of placing the entire network in an awkward spot.
“I cannot imagine a world in which anybody in journalism thinks that that was appropriate,” Tapper said in the interview that was conducted on Friday.
“Chris, in his apology that he delivered on air, said that he put us in a bad spot. I would also agree with that,” the host said.
“I work very hard to be fair and to be ethical and to not cross lines. And I certainly understand the love that Chris has for his brother… but that was not a fun day,” he said.
Chris Cuomo apologized for advising his brother during his scandals involving COVID patients in nursing homes and a parade of female staffers who have accused him of being sexually inappropriate.
“When my brother’s situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his and advisors that did include some of his staff — I understand why that was a problem for CNN,” Cuomo said.
“It will not happen again. It was a mistake, because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot,” he said. “I never intended for that, I would never intend for that, and I am sorry for that.”
“Being a journalist and a brother to a politician is… a unique challenge, and I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles,” he said. “It was a mistake.”
Cuomo has not covered any of the negative stories involving his brother during his “Cuomo Prime Time” show.
“Chris has not been involved in CNN’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo — on air or behind the scenes,” a spokesperson for CNN said to NBC News. “In part because, as he has said on his show, he could never be objective. But also because he often serves as a sounding board for his brother.”
He would not be participating in future calls, as CNN said Chris Cuomo acknowledged it was “inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff.” The prime-time anchor will not face discipline from the network.
Richard Azzopardi, a spokesman for the governor’s office, told NBC News that there were “a few phone calls” with Andrew Cuomo, friends and advisers.
More than a half-dozen women, including staffers, have publicly accused Andrew Cuomo of harassment. The governor has denied touching anyone inappropriately but acknowledged that he may have acted in ways that made people feel uncomfortable.
Though Andrew Cuomo initially apologized for his actions, he has since pushed back and claimed that making someone uncomfortable is not harassment.
“Harassment is not making someone feel uncomfortable — that is not harassment,” the governor said last week. “If I just made you feel uncomfortable, that is not harassment. That’s you feeling uncomfortable.”
The statement was made after Rebecca Lewis, a reporter for the website City & State New York, asked whether he’d acknowledge that the motivation behind his alleged harassing comments to accuser Charlotte Bennett were irrelevant.
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But another scandal for Governor Cuomo surfaced around two weeks ago when it was revealed that he allowed family to jump the line to get coronavirus tests.
“Federal investigators are examining whether New York state officials gave priority access to COVID-19 testing to some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s close associates and his brother during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, according to people familiar with the matter,” Fox News reported.
“The review of the testing marks an expansion of the probe that the investigators, based in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, opened in February to look at how the Cuomo administration handled COVID-19 in nursing homes,” the Fox report added.
“Prosecutors have recently contacted and scheduled interviews with officials in the Democratic governor’s office who worked on the testing program, some of the people said,” according to Fox.