While a third accuser brought forward allegations of unwanted advances against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, his brother Chris Cuomo addressed the issue by opening his show on CNN Monday night.
“Before I start tonight, let me say something that I’m sure is very obvious to you who watch my show, and thank you for that. You are frank with me. I’ll be frank with you, ”said Chris Cuomo. “Obviously I’m aware of what’s going on with my brother, and obviously I can’t cover him because he’s my brother. Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and will continue to do so. I have always been very attached to these questions, and deeply. I just wanna tell you that. There’s a lot of news going on as well, so let’s go. “
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The network devoted eight segments to the allegations Sunday, two Saturdays and two Fridays.
Last spring, Cuomo had his brother on Cuomo Prime Time as a guest, breaking with a network policy that he does not question the Governor of New York due to the obvious conflict of interest. Although the Cuomo Brothers ‘segments have drawn criticism and some dismay in journalistic circles, network chief Jeff Zucker, in an interview with The New York Times, has defended “the brothers’ authenticity, relatability, and vulnerability. “.
CNN released a recent statement regarding Cuomo and his brother.
“The first months of the pandemic crisis were an extraordinary time,” the statement read. “We felt that Chris speaking with his brother about the challenges millions of American families face was of great human interest. As a result, we’ve made an exception to a rule we’ve had in place since 2013 that prevents Chris from interviewing and covering up his brother, and that rule remains in effect today. CNN has covered extensively on Governor Cuomo’s news. “
Monday, The New York Times reported that a third accuser said Andrew Cuomo made unwanted advances to her at a wedding reception. Two former collaborators accused him of sexual harassment.
On Sunday, the governor released a statement in which he said: “I now understand that my interactions may have been callous or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel feelings. that I had never considered. I admit that some of the things I said were misinterpreted as unwanted flirtation. As far as anyone has felt this, I am so sorry.
“To be clear, I have never touched anyone inappropriately and never made an offer to anyone and I never intended to make anyone uncomfortable, but this are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers. “
New York Attorney General Letitia James said she received a notice from the governor asking her to select an independent law firm to investigate the allegations.
While Cuomo received praise last spring for his coronavirus briefings, Janice Dean, senior meteorologist for Fox News Channel, had a different tone. She has been very critical of the governor’s way of handling the pandemic, after both of her husband’s parents died from the coronavirus in different assisted living and retirement homes in New York. She was particularly critical of a Cuomo Prime Time segment last spring in which Chris Cuomo pulled out an oversized cotton swab, meant to test for coronavirus, to poke fun at the size of his brother’s nose.
In January, James discovered that Cuomo’s administration significantly underestimated the death toll in state nursing homes. The New York Post later reported that one of Cuomo’s aides apologized to lawmakers and said they had not disclosed the death toll for fear of the response from federal prosecutors. An administration directive issued at the end of March for nursing homes to accept Covid-19 patients from hospitals has also been reviewed and criticized.
On Monday evening, Dean wrote on Twitter about Chris Cuomo’s remarks: “Too late….I will never forget those guys who joked as we screamed in horror at the thousands of people dying around us. An apology would have been a good start @ChrisCuomo. “