Trouble in Paradise: Brian Stelter Slams Chris Cuomo in Newsletter

Trouble in Paradise: Brian Stelter Slams Chris Cuomo in Newsletter
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A broken clock is apparently right once a lifetime.

As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces a sexual harassment scandal that would’ve sunk any Republican by now, CNN faces an obvious conflict of interest in their reporting in that they employ his brother Chris Cuomo, who has own show.

Behind the scenes, Chris/Fredo Cuomo has been helping his brother navigate the scandal, taking part in strategy calls where he advised him.

Chris devoted not a single second to the AG report substantiating the allegations of 11 of Gov. Cuomo’s accusers on Tuesday – which was awkwardly followed by him handing over the show to Don Lemon, who immediately called for the Governor’s resignation.

Surprisingly, Brian Stelter is the first person on the network to call out the obvious issue here.

According to Fox News:

“There’s no relationship quite like it in politics or media: A pair of brothers, one governing the fourth biggest state in the country, the other hosting one of the most prominent shows on cable TV. Right now, both men are standing in a very bright spotlight,” Stelter wrote in his “Reliable Sources” newsletter. 

Stelter took a swipe at his CNN colleague for putting himself in troubling ethical territory. “Chris Cuomo’s role as a member of his brother’s inner circle, a role that raises serious questions about journalistic responsibilities and ethics, is also detailed in the report,” Stelter wrote. “Chris surely has a lot to say about his brother. But for the time being he is staying silent: He did not mention the scandal on ‘Cuomo Prime Time’ Tuesday night.”

According to his newsletter, Stelter could only find CNN staffers who were “supportive” of Cuomo. He did flag a BuzzFeed News report that quoted anonymous employees bashing the network over Chris Cuomo’s embarrassing situation.

If Stelter wants to continue criticizing CNN, his network sure has given him a lot of material to work with!

Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New YorkDebunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate


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