There’s no relationship quite love it in politics or media: A pair of brothers, one governing the fourth-biggest state within the country, the opposite hosting one among the foremost prominent shows on cable TV. Right now, both men are standing in a very bright spotlight. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s alleged harassment and abuse of power — documented in excruciating detail by NY AG Letitia James’ report — is leading him down an impeachment track. Chris Cuomo’s role as a member of his brother’s clique, a task that raises serious questions on journalistic responsibilities and ethics, is additionally detailed within the report. Chris surely features a lot to mention about his brother. except for the nonce he’s staying silent: He didn’t mention the scandal on “Cuomo Prime Time” Tuesday night.
Everyone else is talking about it, though. The political firestorm around Governor Cuomo was the lead on all of the nightly newscasts. And CNN’s coverage of the governor was scathing all afternoon and evening. within the 8 pm hour, for instance, “Anderson Cooper 360” led with the news out of latest York while MSNBC and Fox went with other stories. “It’s not clear” if he “can do the essential function of state and govern during this state,” Maggie Haberman said. Per Haberman’s NYT colleague Katie Glueck, “Events could move swiftly: an individual conversant in the method said it could take just a month to finish the inquiry and draw up the articles of impeachment. an attempt within the State Senate could begin as soon as late September or early October.” Details here… Can Chris Cuomo still helm his 9 pm show while being connected to at least one of the most important stories in politics? CNN management said yes on Tuesday by keeping him on the air. Chris began to call his show a “Covid command center” last week and he maintained the theme on Tuesday, leading with the Covid case surge among the unvaccinated and interviewing Jerome Adams about it.
Inside CNN, some staffers I spoke with were supportive of Cuomo on Tuesday, recognizing that nobody chooses their relations, which viewers expected to ascertain him on the air for “Prime Time,” one among the network’s highest-rated shows. other staffers were, as BuzzFeed News wrote, “highly critical of the company’s decision to not discipline Chris Cuomo for his role within the scandal.” That’s due to Chris Cuomo’s role advising his brother, and even collaborating with members of his brother’s senior staff, because the harassment charges crested earlier this year. The Washington Post reported on this in May, and CNN publicly chastised Chris for participating in calls with the governor’s staffers. Chris also publicly apologized to his colleagues at the time for putting them during a “bad spot.”
A CNN spokeswoman declined further discuss the matter on Tuesday. Chris was mentioned a couple of times within the AG’s report. because the NYT’s Michael Grynbaum wrote, “One document included within the report shows Chris Cuomo participating in an email chain on Feb. 28 during which the group drafted a proper public statement for Governor Cuomo; the statement was issued by the governor’s office later that day. Chris Cuomo seemed to weigh in on the wording of the statement, although it had been unclear if he wrote it.” People taking note of the CNN host’s lunchtime radio show on SiriusXM have heard his feelings about his brother in recent weeks. He has been steeling himself for the AG report, expecting that it might hit in early August. On the air, he has sounded protective of his brother at times; bitter about the political warfare at other times; and detached from it at other times. Overall, I’d say, he sounded realistic about life as a member of his famous political family.
When Chris apologized in May, he said on his show, “Being a journalist and a brother to an official is… a singular challenge, and that I have a singular responsibility to balance those roles.” A front-page editorial is running across all 12 of Gannett’s local publications in NY on Wednesday, calling on Cuomo to resign, a bit like countless elected officials have. The editorial says “we repeat the decision we made in early March — that permanently governance and for the dignity of girls everywhere, Cuomo must vacate his office. Now, we are saying that he must leave directly .”