COVID-19 aside, arguably one of the most profound news stories of the year broke this week after New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) appears to be guilty of sexually harassing no less than 11 women, many of whom were former staffers.
But according to Fox News, the governor’s brother, Chris Cuomo, who hosts CNN’s highest-rated primetime program, didn’t spend even a second of airtime covering the story on Tuesday night, leaving many wondering what level of involvement the CNN host played in helping his brother through the scandal.
Making clear in the opening of his Tuesday evening show, Chris Cuomo told his viewers right off the bat, “We’re focused on COVID here.”
A missed opportunity
Chris Cuomo faces criticism on multiple fronts, including for his role in helping his embattled brother mitigate the public relations fallout with statements he drafted for the governor earlier this year when the number of accusers began to accumulate.
Others have slammed the CNN host for not taking the sensitive moment to put on display a true sense of journalistic integrity and cover the story in an unbiased manner, as again, it’s one of the most important news stories of the year.
As a result, many believe the younger Cuomo brother should be taken off the air as a result.
“Bias is not just the stories you report on from a center-left worldview, but the stories you decide not to write, the stories you decide not to report on. So it’s hard to see how someone could not report on the top news story of the day,” an unidentified host from a “rival network” told Fox News.
“It was a mistake for Chris to not provide insight on his own show last night about why he is not covering his brother,” DePauw University journalism professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall said.
“Lack of professional standards”
McCall went on to slam the network’s awkward and embarrassing coverage of the New York governor during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
“The lack of professional standards was appalling during the early days of COVID coverage when Chris routinely had the governor on his program to show off about Andrew’s handling of COVID, bash Trump and do comedy sketches,” the DePauw professor said.
McCall added: “CNN should have never let Chris cover his brother for either good or bad news, and only decided to prohibit such coverage once the governor’s news became all bad.”
Given the intense criticism over Chris Cuomo’s attempt to brush aside his brother’s scandal, all eyes will undoubtedly be on his show for the remainder of the week to see what kind of spin he deploys to downplay the situation once again. It should be quite entertaining for most.