May 21, 2021

CNN's Chris Cuomo Admits to Potential Conflict of Interest with His Brother, Governor Cuomo

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By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

CNN’s Chris Cuomo has admitted that it was a ‘mistake’ to advise his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) on how to handle the onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations brought up in recent months. He stated, however, that he did not influence CNN’s coverage of the allegations against Gov. Cuomo. 

The Background: 

Chris Cuomo, CNN news personality, has admitted that he crossed a boundary when advising his politician brother on how to handle sexual misconduct allegations. 

According to the Washington Post, Cuomo urged his brother in conference calls with top aides and advisors to stand firm and not back down amid the allegations. 

Cuomo stated to his viewers this week that he understood that it placed his colleagues at CNN “in a bad spot.”

“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,” Cuomo stated. “... When my brother's situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his and advisors that did include some of his staff, I understand why that was a problem for CNN. It will not happen again.” 

According to Fox, Chris Cuomo was initially prohibited from covering news surrounding his brother, but the ban was lifted in 2020 to allow for interviews about Gov. Cuomo’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Notable Quotes:

“Four sources familiar with the calls told the newspaper that Chris Cuomo advised his brother on how to handle the political fallout produced by the allegations. Chris reportedly told his brother to refuse to resign and strike a defiant pose, claiming he was standing up against ‘cancel culture.’ The governor has said he will not step down from office and offered only the most formal of apologies to his accusers.” - The Daily Wire

"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. 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.” - formal statement from CNN

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