Washington Post’s Erik Wemple surely caught “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter off guard Sunday when he called out CNN for last year’s “love-a-thon” between anchor Chris Cuomo and his older brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The scandal-ridden Democratic governor is facing growing calls to resign after yet another woman came forward, the seventh, to accuse him of inappropriate behavior. This coming on the heels of reports that Cuomo hid the true number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes after an early directive instructed these facilities to accept patients who had the coronavirus.
Wemple was analyzing media coverage of Cuomo now that many key Democrats and their media allies have reluctantly abandoned the governor. He dutifully held up that reporting to claim it “undoes the right-wing conspiracy theory about the mainstream media, which is that we don’t cover Democratic politicians.”
It’s not “a right-wing conspiracy theory,” as the Johnny-come-lately coverage of the Democrat is an exception, not the rule. Either way, Stelter would have been pleased if Wemple had stopped there, but he didn’t.
“I would be remiss, Brian, if I didn’t mention CNN’s own huge media story here with Chris Cuomo, the anchor at the 9 p.m. hour, who covered Andrew Cuomo and had all these wonderful love-a-thon interviews with him, more than 10 of them,” he said.
“They’ve suspended the conflict of interest rule for Chris Cuomo for those interviews, yet all of a sudden they’ve enforced it again now that Andrew Cuomo is in the midst of a historic scandal in the Albany statehouse,” the media critic continued. “So I think it is a major black eye for this network.”
When the Cuomo scandals reached a point where CNN could no longer ignore them, Chris Cuomo served up a shameless effort sold as an attempt to avoid the appearance of professional impropriety.
“Before we start tonight, let me say something that I’m sure is very obvious to you who watch my show — and thank you for that. You’re straight with me, I’ll be straight with you.” Cuomo said on March 1.
“Obviously, I’m aware of what’s going on with my brother,” he added. “And obviously, I cannot cover it because he is my brother.”
As for the 10+ interviews mentioned by Wemple, younger brother Cuomo all but served as a one-man cheering squad for Gov. Cuomo in 2020 over his handling of the pandemic, of all things.
As ironic as that may be, in one segment, the CNN anchor actually said to his sibling, “I’ve seen you referred to a little bit recently as the ‘Love Gov.’”
This was in response to what the anchor saw as the governor going easy on former President Donald Trump.
“I’m wondering if that’s bleeding into your demeanor at all and making you a little soft on the president,” the “Prime Time” anchor said.
“Yeah, I am the ‘Love Gov. I’m a cool dude in a loose mood, you know that. I just say let it go, just go with the flow baby, you know,” the elder Cuomo said, in a reply that couldn’t be made up.
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