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CNN’s Chris Cuomo participated in several strategy calls to help his brother NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo cover up his sexual harassment scandals.
The Washington Post reported that CNN admitted that Chris Cuomo engaged in “inappropriate” strategy meetings to help his embattled brother.
According to WaPo, Chris Cuomo joined several conference calls with Governor Cuomo and his aides as allegations of sexual harassment mounted.
Cuomo advised his brother to not resign and said the attacks were a symptom of “cancel culture.”
The calls occurred earlier this year, when a growing number of claims that Andrew Cuomo made inappropriate comments or touched women without their permission had escalated into a political crisis for the three-term governor.
The cable news anchor encouraged his brother to take a defiant position and not to resign from the governor’s office, the people 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.
The behind-the-scenes strategy offered by Chris Cuomo, who anchors CNN’s 9 p.m. nightly newscast, cuts against the widely accepted norm in journalism that those reporting the news should not be involved in politics.
CNN said Chris Cuomo will not be disciplined for his conduct.
“Chris has not been involved in CNN’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo — on air or behind the scenes,” the network said in a statement. “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,” said CNN in a statement. “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.”