Chris and Andrew Cuomo joke about COVID testing during the height of the COVID pandemic in May 2020. (Photo: Screen shot)
(CNSNews.com) – CNN anchor Chris Cuomo apologized to his colleagues Thursday night for crossing a journalistic line — advising his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, amid allegations of the governor’s womanizing.
The Washington Post reported that Chris « encouraged his brother to take a defiant position and not to resign from the governor’s office, » according to « people familiar with the conversations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private sessions. »
« If you would, allow me a moment, » Chris said at the top of his « Prime Time » show:
Remember I told you back in the beginning of March, I can’t cover my brother’s troubles, it wouldn’t be fair. You got it then, and I appreciate you understanding. Now, today there are stories out there about me offering my brother advice. Of course I do. This is no revelation. I have said it publicly and I certainly have never hidden it.
I can be objective about just about any topic. But not about my family. Those of you who watch this show get it. Like you, I bet, my family means everything to me. And I am fiercely loyal to them. I am family first, job second.
But being a journalist and a brother to a politician is unique and a unique challenge, and I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles. It’s not always easy. People can say and write what they want, but I want you to know the truth. How I helped my brother also matters.
When my brother’s situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his and advisers, that did include some of his staff, I understand why that was a problem for CNN. 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.
It’s also important for you to understand — not only do I not cover this here, I’ve never tried to influence this network’s coverage of my brother. In fact, I’ve been walled off from it. This is a unique and difficult situation, and that’s okay. I know where the line is. I can respect it and still be there for my family, which I must. I have to do that. I love my brother, I love my family, I love my job. And I love and respect my colleagues here at CNN.
And again, to them I am truly sorry. You know who I am. You know what I’m about, and I want this to be said in public to you who give me the opportunity and to my colleagues who make me better at what I do.
Chris and Andrew Cuomo, not known for their humility, joked in May 2020 about nasal swabs and the size of Andrew’s nose during the worst of the COVID pandemic on Chris’s “Prime Time” show, where Andrew was an occasional guest.
Andrew went on to write a book touting his handling of the pandemic in New York, stoking outrage among relatives of the many elderly people who died when the Cuomo administration prevented nursing homes from turning away COVID patients discharged from hospitals.
More recently, the governor and his senior aides « engaged in a sustained effort to prevent the state’s own health officials…from releasing the true (nursing home) death toll to the public or sharing it with state lawmakers, » the New York Times reported.
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