On Monday, CNN host Chris Cuomo broke his silence on his New York Governor brother’s scandals, admitting that he gave advice to the soon-to-resign Andrew Cuomo.
But Chris insisted that he’s “not an adviser” to his brother.
The younger Cuomo made his remarks on his CNN program “Cuomo Primetime.”
Chris Cuomo addresses his brother's resignation, says "I never covered my brother's troubles because I obviously had a conflict." He doesn't apologize for advising him — in fact he denies serving as an adviser altogether — and says he urged Andrew to resign. pic.twitter.com/onqRTuqmvJ
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Chris Cuomo: ‘I’m Not An Adviser’
After thanking his audience, Cuomo said that he didn’t cover his brother’s troubles because of his journalistic conflict and CNN’s company rules.
Cuomo said when the sexual harassment controversy began to unfold, “I tried to be there for my brother. I’m not an adviser. I’m a brother. I wasn’t in control of anything.”
“I was there to listen and offer my take, and my advice to my brother was simple and consistent: own what you did, tell people what you’ll do to be better, be contrite, and finally, accept that it doesn’t matter what you intended, what matters is how your actions and words were perceived,” the younger Cuomo said.
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Cuomo then claimed, “And yes, while it was something I never imagined ever having to do, I did urge my brother to resign when the time came.”
“There are stories and critics saying all kinds of things about me, many unsupported,” CNN’s Cuomo insisted. “But know this, my position has never changed.”
“I never misled anyone about the information I was delivering or not delivering on this program,” Cuomo said. “I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward.”
“I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation,” he continued. “I never influenced or attempted to control CNN’s coverage of my family.”
The CNN host then admitted how peculiar being a reporter and the brother of New York’s governor has been given the recent scandals.
Chris Cuomo tonight said "I’m not an adviser. I’m a brother. I wasn’t in control of anything. I was there to listen and offer my take.” His eventual advice: “I did urge my brother to resign when the time came.” https://t.co/w6OhpFm118
— Elahe Izadi (@ElaheIzadi) August 17, 2021
Cuomo: ‘We Have Rules Here At CNN’
Cuomo added, “And as you know, back in May, when I was told to no longer communicate with my brother’s aides in any group meetings, I acknowledged it was a mistake, I apologized to my colleagues, and I stopped, and I meant it.”
“It was a unique situation being a brother to a politician in a scandal and being part of the media,” Cuomo said. “I tried to do the right thing, and I just want you all to know that.”
He continued, “As I’ve said, we have rules here at CNN that prevent me from reporting on my brother. They remain in place and will continue to.”
“Tonight, I simply wanted to address something that, given what’s happened, I just felt it needed to be said,” Chris Cuomo wound down. “This will be my final word on it, and I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to do so.”
Cuomo has come under scrutiny for his early coverage of his brother’s COVID pandemic policies, after the New York Governor’s nursing home scandal.
Cuomo was allowed to interview his brother about New York’s COVID policies in the early part of 2020.
Recently, comedian Stephen Colbert asked CNN’s “media critic” Brian Stelter about the situation.
Fox News reports that Stelter “echoed the network stance from May calling Cuomo’s participation in the governor’s strategy sessions “inappropriate” and that it was a “management ruling” for the anchor to not cover his brother’s scandals. ”
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