New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced on Tuesday that he would step down amid an ongoing sexual harassment scandal, elevating additional questions on what CNN will do together with his beleaguered little brother, star anchor Chris Cuomo.
CNN’s Cuomo was away from the community this week and wasn’t round for his large brother’s political downfall. However he’s caught up within the scandal himself, because the New York state lawyer basic concluded that CNN’s primetime host tried to assist the outgoing governor battle sexual harassment allegations alongside the best way.
A former CNN worker who labored carefully with Chris Cuomo at occasions thinks the “Cuomo Prime Time” host might be allowed to return to his program after what has been referred to as a long-scheduled trip, largely due to his shut relationship with CNN president Jeff Zucker.
“My guess can be when he comes again, they’re going to have him open the present with a brief, temporary, ‘That is why I am not going to speak concerning the robust scenario that my brother goes by means of proper now. And I can’t converse to this once more. And now let’s get after it,” and transfer on,” Cuomo’s former CNN colleague informed Fox Information.
“, that is most likely what is going on to occur,” the previous CNN worker added. “I feel it’ll be within the first couple of minutes of the present and he’ll use the, ‘I’m probably not able… authorized has suggested me that I’m not allowed to talk on this. Requirements and practices and administration right here has suggested me that I’m not allowed to handle this, you clearly perceive that it’s a household concern. Household comes first.’”
Cuomo’s former CNN colleague predicted that the embattled anchor will then rapidly transfer on to the times non-Gov. Cuomo information however it will be “onerous for him to not handle it in any respect.”
“I feel there will be a fastidiously crafted assertion on the prime after which he’ll get on to, you recognize, slamming Florida,” the previous worker mentioned.
If Chris Cuomo is allowed again, as predicted, the following query might be what’s he allowed to cowl. Poynter Institute senior media author Tom Jones questioned if Chris Cuomo would be capable to pretty cowl politicians that referred to as for his brother to step down earlier than the governor introduced he would step down.
“CNN is in a foul spot right here,” Jones wrote final week. “Politicians that Chris talks about — Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and so forth — have referred to as for Andrew to resign. May that have an effect on how Chris covers them? The truth that that is even a query is an issue for CNN.”
A case may very well be made that Chris Cuomo might have a good greater axe to grind now that Biden, Pelosi and different outstanding Democrats have gotten their manner.
CNN didn’t instantly reply to a collection of questions, together with whether or not or not Chris Cuomo might be allowed to handle his brother’s resignation or whether or not the community will enable “Cuomo Prime Time” to cowl politicians who referred to as for the soon-to-be-former governor to step down.
If latest historical past is any indication, the previous CNN worker doesn’t anticipate the community to place journalism ethics are the forefront of its resolution making when the “Cuomo Prime Time” host returns from trip.
“I hate the time period optics, however the optics of it are simply they dealt with it abysmally in my estimation,” the previous worker mentioned, including they left CNN on good phrases and nonetheless retains in contact with mates on the community.
“Nobody goes to faux to decorate the pig up and put curls on it and say that it is something greater than a pig. It seems to be terrible as a result of the community dealt with it poorly as a result of they favored their relationship with him, you recognize, as being one thing, you recognize, sacrosanct and extra vital than the impartiality of being a straight information company,” the ex-staffer added.
The previous worker feels CNN by no means ought to have allowed the Cuomo sibling to conduct a collection of household banter disguised as interviews through the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. CNN then banned Chris Cuomo from overlaying his brother as soon as he grew to become engulfed in scandals, additional damaging the CNN anchor’s fame within the course of.
“They put Chris in a extremely, actually dangerous place and I empathize with him as a result of it’s his brother,” the previous worker mentioned. “They need to have stepped in and pulled him from the air, when you’re not going to have the ability to cowl a narrative of that sort of significance… they backed themselves right into a nook with this one as a result of higher administration actually, actually likes Chris. It smacks of favoritism or cronyism.”