CNN’s Chris Cuomo gave a hard-to-believe apology to “Cuomo Prime Time” viewers on Thursday night, claiming that he never influenced the corporate media network’s coverage of his brother New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I’ve never tried to influence this network’s coverage of my brother. In fact, I’ve been walled off from it,” Cuomo said.
Chris’s “apology” came days after reports surfaced that he participated in adviser meetings with his brother and senior aides who helped cover up the state’s nursing home scandal to determine the administration’s response to the sexual harassment allegations against him.
The primetime anchor went on to claim he was not sorry for helping his brother before offering regrets to his colleagues for putting them “in a bad spot.”
“This is no revelation. I’ve said it publicly, and I certainly have never hidden it,” Chris said. “I can be objective about just about any topic, but not about my family. Those of you who watch this show, get it. Like you, I bet my family means everything to me. And I am fiercely loyal to them. I’m family first, job second.”
Chris faced no consequences from his employer who acknowledged that his actions were “inappropriate.” Instead, CNN offered a weak statement claiming that “Chris has not been involved in CNN’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo — on-air or behind the scenes.”
CNN admitted they knew Chris “could never be objective” about his brother, a statement that Chris reiterated on-air during his monologue on Thursday night.
“If you remember I told you back in the beginning of March, I can’t cover my brother’s troubles. It wouldn’t be fair, and you got it then, and I appreciate you understanding,” Chris said.
But CNN and Chris’s excuse that the anchor could never objectively cover his brother is a new revelation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Chris repeatedly invited the governor on his program to discuss Andrew Cuomo’s emergency response to COVID-19. Chris ran interference for his brother by joking around with him on live television and refusing to ask the governor questions about the rising nursing home death toll that resulted from his administration’s deadly policy.
The anchor’s excessive fawning over Andrew as thousands of elderly people died in care facilities was not widely covered by corporate media outlets which left organizations like The Federalist to consistently question the press’s motives and commitment to objectivity about the issue.
Instead of acknowledging his role in Andrew’s scandal coverup by the media, Chris offered no apologies for his previous actions. In fact, he didn’t even acknowledge them even when he officially announced that further coverage of his family member would be a conflict of interest beginning in March.
“Obviously I am aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously, I cannot cover it because he is my brother,” Chris said on-air. “Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so.”
Now, Chris is hiding behind the mask that his position as a journalist while his brother is a politician facing intense scrutiny, scandal, and investigations is “a unique challenge”
“I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles. It’s not always easy, but people can say and write what they want but I want you to know the truth,” Chris said.