A CNN guest on Sunday morning called the network for allowing host Chris Cuomo to conduct rousing “love-a-thon” interviews with his now scandal-plagued brother Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple changed the script when “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter asked about “media coverage” of the governor’s scandals “thus far.”
“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention CNN’s great media story here,” Wemple said.
“Chris Cuomo, the host at 9 o’clock, who covered Andrew Cuomo and had all these wonderful love interviews with him, more than 10 of them.”
“They suspended Chris Cuomo’s conflict of interest rule for those interviews,” Wemple continued. “However, it has suddenly been enforced again now that Andrew Cuomo was in the midst of a historic scandal in the Albany House of Representatives.”
“I think it’s a big black eye for CNN,” he concluded, before Stelter changed the subject.
CNN said last month that it reinstated its “rule” that prevents Chris Cuomo from interviewing or covering his brother, reversing the policy after the governor made frequent appearances in 2020.
The television host briefly addressed the allegations against his brother on the air on March 1.
“Obviously I am aware of what is happening with my brother”, the anchor said at the top of his primetime show. “And obviously I can’t cover him, because he’s my brother.”
“Now, of course, CNN has to cover it,” the presenter continued. “They have covered it extensively and will continue to do so.”
Cuomo, 63, has been accused in recent weeks of inappropriate behavior or comments from seven women, but has flatly denied doing anything wrong. It is also under fire for withholding data on the number of COVID-19 deaths in state nursing homes.