We all know of the problems facing New York’s embattled Governor, Andrew Cuomo. Now there have been at least three women that have come forward accusing him of sexual dalliances, as well as his ill-fated decision to force nursing homes in the Empire State to take COVID-19 patients (which killed upwards of 15,000 otherwise healthy nursing home residents), and then covered it all up. But did you know the collateral damage may just claim another victim? It would be that of Andrew’s brother Chris, who is a commentator at CNN.
As you know, CNN hasn’t really delved deeply into this whole story (though they think they are), and they’ve forbidden Chris from covering it at all on his show. Why? Probably to spare the younger brother the embarrassment of having to tell the world about the foibles of his older brother. At least that’s my guess. Well, Chris came clean on Monday evening.
He said that he was “obviously aware of what’s going on with my brother, and obviously, I cannot cover it because he’s my brother. Now, of course, CNN has to cover it,” he continued. “They have covered it extensively, and they will continue to do so. I have always cared very deeply about these issues, and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that.”
Actually, if Cuomo were indeed a professional journalist, speaking as someone that made his living in the media for over 35 years, I can tell you, he COULD cover the story. It may be difficult, but there has been precedent. Many times family members have had to cover the less-than-favorable actions of other family members. And I would assume that it was done with professionalism. At least it should have been. You just have to divorce yourself from the story. And in this case, it is almost impossible to do,
The press, his viewers, other pundits have been ruthless on poor Chris though. Most of them, even from the uber-socialist New York Times has wondered why it was he was so chummy with his brother when things were going well and he was winning Emmy Awards? Typically, a journalist, even a “commentator” masquerading as a journalist, would be told not to be as “close to the story” as what Cuomo has appeared to be during the good times. But then when the bad times hits, he’s protected from covering it? No serious journalist makes that connection. It’s just bad business.
And so, not only is Andrew getting heat, and will face the end of his political career, the chances are that brother Chris is going to also be facing a similar fate in the world of broadcasting. Ah, the thud you hear when the mighty have fallen!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!