CNN’s Chris Cuomo continues to be criticized for his widely criticized series of interviews with his older brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, which include constant praise from the governor despite the tragedy of nursing homes in his state.
“Governor Cuomo, in terms of his performance, to get Chris Cuomo to say he’s impressed by that, and how he did it, shows that he should no longer be a television presenter, he should go to work for the Cuomo campaign if and when run for president and be your spokesperson because it basically seems to be your job right now, “The Hill reporter Joe Concha told Trace Gallagher in” America’s Newsroom “on Friday.
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Frequent and flattering interviews between the siblings have been seen as a major conflict of interest during the coronavirus outbreak, especially in the past few weeks, as scrutiny of the governor’s management of nursing homes in his state intensified. The siblings often joke around, tease each other, and have even tried comedy props.
The last interview between the Cuomo brothers marked their eleventh conversation on the air since the coronavirus pandemic began, but it was the first time that Chris Cuomo asked his brother about the growing controversy in nursing homes that he had been chasing the governor. from New York. Concha noted the lack of questions about nursing home deaths, adding that the governor has not been exactly transparent about why it took him so long to clean up the subway system when the coronavirus spread.
“‘Keeping Up With the Cuomos’ is a nickname it has received, outside of the Kardashian series … and rightly so … This was gutted everywhere,” Concha said.
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Concha noted that Glenn Greenwald called the recent CNN interview “one of the most embarrassing and self-destructive things I’ve ever seen done in the media” and said that North Korean state television would not even allow such a thing.
Concha also criticized the CNN host for bragging about New York’s coronavirus numbers during a conversation with his brother.
“Okay, let’s look at the numbers. Six thousand people died in nursing homes in New York State. In contrast, that’s more than the death toll of 43 US states, 37 countries, “said Concha.
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While the Cuomo brothers have been repeatedly criticized for their playful conversations for months, many critics believe that it peaked on Wednesday night when the eponymous “Cuomo Prime Time” admitted that he is not objective when covering his brother.
“Obviously, I love you as a brother. Obviously, I will never be objective. Obviously, I think you are the best politician in the country, ”said the CNN host.
A trio of teachers voiced concerns Thursday about the ethical dilemma CNN has created by allowing Chris Cuomo to regularly interview his brother.
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DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News that he understands that “Chris Cuomo will not be objective when it comes to reporting or interviewing his brother,” but he feels that someone online should have intervened long ago. long time and routine is detrimental to journalism
“What is not understandable, and quite unacceptable, is that CNN’s hierarchy allows for such a clear conflict of interest on what a journalistic platform is supposed to be,” McCall said.
“This obvious comfort of a news program and the governor of a big state just looks bad for CNN and the journalism industry in general,” McCall added. “CNN might think this Cuomo-Cuomo tag team is poignant and fuzzy entertainment, but it’s a farce of journalistic principles. Public confidence in the media institution is low enough as it is without these avoidable tricks. “
Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson told Fox News: “Is CNN a news operation? If so, it’s inappropriate for you to repeatedly have this strange display of ‘brotherly love’ during an alleged news broadcast, where a brother is serving as an animator for his political brother. “
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University of North Carolina professor Lois Boynton is a member of the University’s Parr Ethics Center. She feels that Chris is the “most emotional” of the siblings on the air and feels that it was smart for the CNN host to admit that he cannot be objective.
“It would be troublesome if I tried to claim objectivity by interviewing or covering Governor Cuomo,” Boynton told Fox News.
“After that, it depends on the intention of these exchanges. If CNN is looking for objective informational news about the governor’s record, then someone other than his brother should report and get different perspectives that would allow viewers to draw their own conclusions, “Boynton said.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.