CNN fired primetime host Chris Cuomo this weekend in the wake of revelations that he provided assistance to his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), concerning sexual harassment allegations from multiple accusers.
Although other on-air personalities at the left-leaning network had been reluctant to criticize Cuomo, that quickly changed as soon as he was terminated, as CNN’s Brian Stelter was the first to criticize Cuomo for putting the network in an awkward situation.
According to Fox News, Stelter addressed his former colleague’s departure on Saturday with fellow anchor Jim Acosta.
“Violated journalistic ethics”
“Chris Cuomo, one of the most popular anchors at CNN, one of the best-known names in television news, violated journalistic ethics and norms not once or twice, but many times and that’s ultimately what is the result of today’s news, Jim,” Stelter told Acosta.
“What we didn’t know until tonight, Jim, is that an outside law firm came in and went through the thousands of pages of text messages and sworn testimony that was released back on Monday,” he continued.
Stelter went on to add that “there was clearly something in those documents that was found to be a serious breach of standards and practices.”
“He was causing so many headaches for the network and for CNN staffers that ultimately this decision was reached,” Stelter explained.
Fox noted that Stelter’s words contrasted sharply with earlier efforts to defend Cuomo, including his having told Late Show host Stephen Colbert that he had maintained “boundaries” with his brother.
Media critics react
Others had been calling for Cuomo’s removal far earlier, including Dan Gainor, who serves as vice president at Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group.
Gainor told Fox News during an interview Sunday that “CNN should have never let him so openly advocate for his brother in the first place.”
“You can’t have a ‘journalist’ using his professional contacts to help defend his scummy brother who’s accused of sexual harassment by 11 women,” Gainor said.
Fox News reported in October that Andrew Cuomo was facing a misdemeanor sex crime charge in Albany, New York for allegedly touching a woman without her consent.