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CNN’s Chris Cuomo is in hot water with his brother Andrew now that the Washington Post premiered some juicy truth about what’s been happening behind the scenes.
Is this the beginning of the end for one or both of the Cuomo brothers?
Maybe everything will instead smooth over, but it definitely irked a plethora of individuals to speak up about the utter lack of integrity shown by the Cuomo brothers over the last nearly year and a half.
From nursing home scandals to unconstitutional vaccine passports, the older brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), 63, has been under media scrutiny almost as much as his younger brother has been in the media scrutinizing.
We learned yesterday that Chris Cuomo has officially thrown his journalistic integrity out the window once again by advising his brother on the current allegations of sexual abuse.
Of course, everyone expects the two to speak about anything happening in their lives. They are brothers, after all. It’s the circumstances surrounding this topic that have everyone fired up.
One group, UltraViolet, is concerned about the possible repercussions for the women involved in Gov. Cuomo’s latest allegations. To say they are displeased is an understatement.
UltraViolet is an organization that “creates consequences for sexism by holding politicians and thought leaders accountable to all women.” They took to their Twitter account to address their concerns.
This was a major network news anchor advising the Governor to actively push back against sexual harassment allegations and denigrate survivors of abuse by defining their calls for accountability as "cancel culture."
— UltraViolet (Text JOIN to 98688) (@UltraViolet) May 20, 2021
“This was a major network news anchor advising the Governor to actively push back against sexual harassment allegations and denigrate survivors of abuse by defining their calls for accountability as ‘cancel culture.’ ”
The Washington Post broke the story, citing anonymous, reliable sources that Chris joined a series of conference calls with his brother, the current Democratic governor of New York, his top aide, lawyers, communications team, and several outside advisers.
The calls were about an escalating number of allegations that Andrew had made inappropriate comments or touched women without their permission. Chris was supposedly providing general advice in regards to the political outlook.
Chris’s presence on the call alone was enough to void journalistic precedence that the media does not involve themselves in politics.
“If you are actively advising a politician in trouble while being an on-air host on a news network, that’s not okay,” Nicholas Lemann said, professor at Columbia Journalism School and a New Yorker staff writer.
Chris then offered advice to his brother to continue his term as governor, telling him to take a defiant stance against “cancel culture.” Hence UltraViolet’s vehement response.
Andrew continues to deny the allegations, issuing an insincere apology if he “unintentionally made some women feel uncomfortable.” There is no emotion on his face as he speaks these words, and he repeats himself like it will make a difference to his accusers.
As if he hadn’t already given us a literal glimpse of who he really is when he wore a white, slightly see-through polo shirt that allowed the world to see his nipple rings at a coronavirus briefing last March.
For legal purposes, I must inform you that his spokesperson, Rich Azzopardi, responded “Of course not,” when directly confronted about said nipple rings.
If you were unaware, the definition of gaslighting means manipulating someone by psychological means into questioning their sanity. Telling someone they didn’t see what they saw is textbook gaslighting and obviously is a common tactic Gov. Cuomo employs.
Like when he tried to make light of all the nursing home deaths for which he was directly responsible. His administration underreported nursing home COVID-19 deaths by as much as 50%, and we still don’t have an accurate number of those who senselessly lost their lives at his idiotic command.
Why? While he was busy securing a $5 million deal for his new pandemic book, his staff was busy trying to hide all the numbers. They blocked health officials from telling the truth, and senior staff was even able to mute a scientific paper that contained the actual death toll of Covid-19 patients. The initial report included a mere 21% of the exact number.
Even when directly confronted, the gaslighting continues as if the perpetrator is oblivious to what he is doing. The New York Post agrees that the governor was lying through his teeth when he insisted, “The concern for the state was that we provide accurate numbers.”
It’s no wonder his brother Chris is wanting to help his brother after all of this.
Insincere apologies must run in the family because Chris’s apology was as heart-felt as Andrew’s. “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. I never intended for that, I would never intend for that, and I am sorry for that,” he told viewers on his Thursday show.
CNN issued a formal statement, keeping themselves out of any potential trouble Chris may be causing, “Chris has not been involved in CNN’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo – on air or behind the scenes. 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.”
The statement added, “However, it was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges. He will not participate in such conversations going forward.”
When Chris joined CNN back in 2013, they ensured that he was prevented from reporting stories about his older brother. Apparently, they forgot about this ban as they allowed Chris to interview Gov. Cuomo six times in the spring of 2020 when New York was the epicenter of the pandemic.
Sure, the brothers were entertaining at times, but their clear bias for each other may influence some viewers.
CNN let it slide, and when they were confronted about it, they explained that due to extenuating circumstances of the pandemic, the brothers conversing about it on-air together would be of high interest to viewers.
A CNN insider scoffed at the situation, saying that, “It’s the height of hypocrisy for Chris to have [his brother] on there for the good news but doesn’t have him on to discuss the bad news. It’s laughable for him to be so judgmental of other people for their wrongdoings and he’s sitting there enabling and coming up with excuses for someone with sexual misconduct allegations.”
It sounds like they’re taking the liberty upon themselves to decide on behalf of the people what is in their best interest, maybe even persuading them to take a particular viewpoint they might not otherwise take.
Like when Andrew made a health decision for all the people and became the first state to reintroduce segregation and mandate vaccine passports. There’s a term for that sort of power-wielding by a politician, forcing the people to do as they are told “or else,” and it hasn’t worked out here in America.
The Washington Post also reported that Andrew assisted his brother in cutting the coronavirus testing line, allowing them special access to state-administered tests. State officials were dispatched to their homes, and their test results were expedited while everyday Americans had to wait.
It’s no secret the brothers have each other’s backs, but it’s of major concern that they are abusing their positions of influence and changing the course of history to the people’s detriment.
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