CALLS are growing for CNN's Chris Cuomo to be fired after the host ignored his brother's sexual harassment scandal for two nights in a row – and helped the embattled governor draft his past statements on the accusations.
An attorney general report found that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed several women and Chris helped his brother write responses to the press after the sordid allegations began emerging earlier this year.
However, the CNN host failed to mention the investigation in the Tuesday or Wednesday night episodes of Cuomo Prime Time.
Several media figures were quick to slam the network for allowing Chris to interview his governor brother during the Covid pandemic, but not mention the current harassment scandal during his news shows.
"The idea that it was fine for Chris Cuomo to 'interview' and 'report on' his brother-governor when his brother was popular — but not cannot utter a word about his serious scandals — is obviously pitiful," journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote.
"CNN wallowed in unethical journalism and is now stuck in this corner.
"If CNN, from the start, had just said: Chris Cuomo cannot objectively report on his brother and therefore will abstain and others will do it, that would be fine.
"Instead, they cheered as he heaped praise on his brother and touted him as a future President."
CUOMO 'SEXUALLY HARASSED MULTIPLE WOMEN'
On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the results of a months-long investigation into Gov Cuomo during a press conference.
The investigation found that Cuomo, 63, "sexually harassed multiple women," including members of his own staff, members of the public, and state employees.
The results of the investigation led to widespread calls for Cuomo to resign.
James said that the governor, "sexually harassed current and former state employees in violation of both federal and state laws.
"The independent investigation found that Governor Cuomo harassed multiple women, many of whom were young women, by engaging in unwanted groping, kisses, hugging, and by making inappropriate comments."
James also accused the governor of cultivating a "toxic workplace," leaving employees fearful of coming forward with complaints of misconduct, enabling "harassment to occur."
More than half a dozen sexual harassment allegations were leveled against Cuomo earlier this year, with the claims ranging from instances of unwanted kisses, hugs, and groping, to inappropriate remarks of a sexual nature.
CHRIS CUOMO 'ADVISED' BROTHER
The AG report also found that Chris Cuomo advised his brother on how to respond after sexual harassment claims initially started coming out.
In May, the CNN host acknowledged this on TV and apologized to colleagues.
"I love my family and I love my job," he said. "And I love and respect my colleagues here at CNN. To them, I'm truly sorry."
In the report, the governor's brother is listed as one of several outside advisers who were "regularly provided with confidential and often privileged information” that impacted the government despite having no "formal role, duty, or obligation to the State."
The CNN host was emailing with his brother's advisers about how to respond to allegations in a public statement, the report said.
CUOMO CONTINUES DENIAL
After the report came out, Gov Cuomo held a press conference where he again denied any wrongdoing, saying any discomfort he caused was not intentional.
"I have never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate advances," he said.
"I'm 63 years old and I've lived my entire life in public view," he added.
"That's just not who I am and that’s not who I have ever been."
Cuomo admitted that he does sometimes "slip" and embrace, hug, or kiss people he knows, and even strangers, but denied the acts were motivated by sex.
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