Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson responded to the indefinite suspension of CNN host Chris Cuomo – and it might not be what you’d expect.
Cuomo came under fire earlier in the week following reports that indicate he used media sources to track down information on his brother, disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s, sexual harassment accusers.
CNN evaluated the findings and declared them serious enough to warrant an ‘indefinite suspension’ from the network.
“These documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew,” they said in a statement. “As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
Tucker Carlson, by no means an ally of Chris Cuomo, began his show with a defense of the anchor over his suspension from CNN.
It was, after all, Carlson who would frequently call out Cuomo for his staged news segments and repeatedly mocked him for his endless self-absorbed workout videos.
Sometimes, he even combined the two, once outing Chris for staging emergence from a coronavirus quarantine and describing him as a “buff cable news Lazarus.”
Monday’s segment delivered more of the same from Carlson as he delivered endless jokes about Cuomo and his weightlifting segments.
Tucker began by wondering how Cuomo ever got to be the star of CNN in the first place.
“How, we wondered, how could a man who could barely speak English wind up with a paying job on television?” he said. “Some kind of weird affirmative action program for the illiterate?”
What may surprise you, however, is that Carlson came strongly to Cuomo’s defense, indicating that these actions were the least of his journalistic transgressions because he was putting family first – no matter how “loathsome” his brother is.
“Your most basic obligation is to the people you are related to,” Carlson pointed out. “When they need your help – no matter who they are, even if you’re the governor of a state, even if they are horrible people – you help them anyway because it’s your family.”
“Chris Cuomo may be an idiot – and he is – but he understands that,” he added. “What a thing to be fired for.”
Carlson makes a good point, as The Political Insider noted on Monday, acting on behalf of the interest of your family is understandable on some level.
Still, crafting his brother’s response to sexual harassment allegations, digging up “intel” on the women accusing him, and skewing coverage of former Governor Cuomo’s COVID response while casting yourself as a journalist is not.
Needless to say, there were others not quite as understanding over Chris Cuomo’s actions as Tucker Carlson.
President Trump took a shot at Cuomo in a statement alleging his actual firing was due to garbage ratings and no longer serving as a useful Fredo.
“Great news for television viewers, they have just suspended Chris Cuomo indefinitely,” Trump said.
“The big question is, was it because of his horrendous ratings, which in all fairness have permeated CNN and MSDNC, or was it because his brother is no longer Governor?” he added. “Probably both.”
As bad as his ratings are, his show still leads that putrid network.
Fox News meteorologist and author Janice Dean, whose husband’s parents were both victims of COVID-19 in which nursing homes in New York played a part, was far less forgiving.
Cuomo often let the Governor on air to playfully brag about his efforts in combating the pandemic, even though big brother issued an executive order which forced nursing homes to take on COVID-positive patients in New York.
The order resulted in thousands of seniors – like Dean’s in-laws – succumbing to the virus.
“I’m not surprised,” Dean said told the Daily Mail, “because early on in the pandemic, [Chris] was hosting his brother on CNN on a pretty regular basis – it was a comedy routine while thousands of people were dying.”
“We’re in a state of trauma and mourning, not being able to see them, and meanwhile, the Cuomo brothers were having a great old time,” she said in disgust.
Dean said the indefinite suspension was “the very least CNN could do” but wondered if he is still being paid by the network.
Carlson notes that while he doesn’t believe the latest revelations amount to a firable offense, other actions did – particularly his quarantine stunt and repeatedly demanding his viewers wear a mask even as he went about not doing so and yelling at anyone who challenged him.
“Helping his brother is not the worst thing [Chris Cuomo] ever did,” Carlson remarked. “In fact, it may have been the best thing he ever did.”
That’s a pretty low bar.
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