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CNN won’t discipline Chris Cuomo for strategic calls with brother’s staff over sexual harassment scandal
CNN admits that it was “inappropriate” for its presenter Chris Cuomo to advise his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R), on how to handle his sexual harassment scandal. The CNN host took part in a series of policy calls earlier this year on how to respond after the New York governor faced allegations of sexual harassment, the Washington Post revealed Thursday. Those calls reportedly included the governor’s senior assistant, communications team, lawyers and advisers, and the CNN presenter urged his brother not to resign citing “cancel the culture,” the Post said. Chris Cuomo hosts a nighttime show on CNN, and he said in March that he “obviously” couldn’t cover his brother’s scandal on the air, although CNN would continue to do so. But Cuomo taking part in these advisory calls “goes against the widely accepted norm in journalism that those reporting the news should not be involved in politics,” the Post wrote, while the professor of the Columbia Journalism School Nicholas Lemann said: “If you actively advise a troubled politician while he was an on-air host on a news network, that is not correct.” CNN in a statement to the Post confirmed that Cuomo, who “often serves as a sounding board for his brother,” participated in those calls and said it was “inappropriate” but that he will not be punished. “It was inappropriate to engage in conversations with governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges,” CNN said. “He will not participate in such conversations in the future.” CNN has previously been criticized for allowing Chris Cuomo to interview his brother multiple times on the air at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The network said it “made an exception to a rule we’ve had in place since 2013 that prevents Chris from interviewing his brother” during that time but that rule has since been reimposed. Angelina Jolie stands perfectly still, showerless, covered in bees for World Bee Day What the left is wrong about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict