What about the other Cuomo?

Political Cartoons by Margolis & Cox

Andrew Cuomo issued a policy directing nursing homes in the state of NY to accept patients who had or were suspected of having covid-19. Thousands of seniors died. Cuomo then tried to cover up the death tally.

Hardly any outcry or outrage. Dems and the media still loved him. No sweat. No problem.

Woman after woman after woman comes forward claiming Cuomo groped them. It hits the fan. Cuomo quits in disgrace.

Before the resignation his brother, Chris Cuomo, a CNN host, offered Andrew behind the scenes advice.

CNN Cuomo apologist Brian Stelter referred to Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s mess an ‘optics’ problem.

Enter Erik Wemple of the Washington Post:

There is no optics problem. It’s all substance. The network acknowledged as much earlier this year when it issued a statement scolding Chris Cuomo for having participated in conference calls to assist Andrew Cuomo: “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.” (Chris Cuomo apologized on air for the lapse.)

More substance: The Post reported in May that Chris Cuomo, in his discussions with his brother’s support group, “encouraged his brother to take a defiant position and not to resign from the governor’s office, the people [familiar with the conversations] said. At one point, he used the phrase ‘cancel culture’ as a reason to hold firm in the face of the allegations, two people present on one call said.” (We put several questions before Stelter, who declined to respond on the record; Stelter did ask to interview Chris Cuomo but was turned down.)

Another non-optics problem for CNN emerges from the attorney general’s report itself: The fellow to whom Chris Cuomo provided crisis-management advice has spent years, per the testimony of his own employees, ruining women’s careers with his sexually suggestive comments and his groping mitts. The 168-page report is redundant and tedious, through no fault of its drafters; the governor reportedly repeated his abusive behavior with victim after victim.The AG report, of course, focuses on Andrew Cuomo’s conduct, not Chris Cuomo’s. That’s why CNN needs to commission a report of its own to determine just how its star anchor fit into this sexual harassment pushback effort. What, precisely, did he say in the conference calls? Was he aware that the executive chamber had provided false information to the Albany Times-Union as the paper explored the predicament of “Trooper #1”? What role did he play in the governor’s denials?

I sure would like to know.

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