Media Criticism

In Strategy Call, Chris Cuomo Advised Brother Andrew Cuomo Not To Resign

The CNN host reportedly blamed the governor's troubles on "cancel culture."

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CNN host Chris Cuomo participated in phone calls with his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to discuss strategies for rescuing the embattled Democrat's political career in the face of the scandals afflicting it. Chris Cuomo was apparently adamant that his brother should not resign.

These talks were inappropriate but the cable news host will not face punishment, CNN told The Washington Post.

It's not terribly surprising that the Cuomos have discussed the situation: They're close family members, and the fact that the governor is presiding over two separate scandals—nursing home deaths during the pandemic and a thorough #MeToo-ing—would certainly come up in their conversations. But it's pretty bad for a cable news anchor to join a strategy session that was specifically convened for the purposes of advising a political figure on avoiding accountability, even if the political figure is his brother. And according to the Post, the younger Cuomo didn't just passively listen or offer emotional support—he urged his brother to stay in office, even reportedly declaring that resigning would be giving in to "cancel culture." (Side note: We really need to declare a moratorium on this application of the term. Politicians facing consequences for their decisions isn't cancel culture, it's democracy.)

Throughout the pandemic, CNN has struggled to navigate the difficulty of having one of its major cable news stars be closely related to the governor of a state that receives a great deal of news coverage. Last spring, the network repeatedly allowed Cuomo to conduct softball interviews with his brother; these segments were often played for laughs, and they became increasingly ridiculous as the full extent of the governor's wrongdoing became evident. The network subsequently reinstated its ban on Cuomo interviewing his brother, and Cuomo has told viewers they should look to other CNN journalists for information on the various scandals, since there's no way he can objectively cover it.

This latest report suggests that behind the scenes, the cable news host has been closely involved in the governor's political decisions:

The episodes further illuminate how the Cuomo brothers, who are 13 years apart in age, have benefited from their respective high perches in politics and media. Early in the coronavirus pandemic, a top state Department of Health doctor was dispatched to the Hamptons to test Chris Cuomo and his family, The Washington Post previously reported.

Aides to the governor said his brother was simply part of an informal effort to provide support in the face of the harassment allegations.

"There were a few phone conversations, with friends and advisers giving the governor advice," said Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for the governor.

Chris Cuomo has long been a key confidant of his brother, regularly advising him about politics, according to people who know both men.

Former and current administration officials said the anchor played an active role early in the governor's coronavirus strategy, suggesting providers for the state to secure protective equipment.

CNN is correct to call these conversations "inappropriate." It's hard to see why disciplinary action would not be merited.

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  1. The real story here is how quickly the regime turned on Cuomo. Everyone with a brain knew for over a year that Cuomo killed tens of thousands of elderly New Yorkers when he placed Covid patients in nursing homes and regularly groped young female staffers. Only the yeast people who make up much of the modern left including left-leaning lolbertarians were in the dark. Who in the regime did Cuomo piss off? What did he do? Something stinks.

    Apply the same logic to Gates. Humanitarian to creepy, egotistical pervert in 1 week…

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    2. “Who in the regime did Cuomo piss off?”

      NY’s Attorney General.

      1. Cuomo is even by the standards of New York politics, an unbelievable asshole. And that puts in him the running for biggest asshole in the world. Cuomo has not a single redeeming quality and commands no loyalty from anyone beyond fear and bribery. So pretty much everyone in New York politics was looking to stick a shiv in his back should the opportunity to do it and get away with it ever arise.

        The other thing is that after he became a celebrity governor thanks to his brother and COVID, he became a threat for the 24 nomination and especially a threat to Harris. So, the national party had it in for him as well.

    3. A year isn’t that quickly. They only turned after the information was insurmountable. And even now there is more energy behind saying DeSantis is lying about Covid numbers in Florida than Cuomo in NY.

    4. And we found out that Ellen’s a bitch too. Haha.

  2. Keep voting for dems this is what you get, corrupt mafia shits and leftie trash.

  3. Thought it was consequence culture? Again the lefty shits change their stories as soon as they need to.

  4. Just waiting for Blue Anon to come along and swear there is no lefty bias in the media that covers for lefty shits.

    1. Sarcasmic, Jeff, Mike, DoL, Chipper aren’t leftists. They are simply centrist libertarians who only attack the right and defend the left. Please don’t confuse this again or you will suffer a mute button.

  5. >>But it’s pretty bad for a cable news anchor to join a strategy session

    meh. “cable news anchor” is irrelevant

  6. Although I did not major in a “hard science,” I learned in my college humanities classes how to interpret data. That’s why I know that out of 50 governors, Andrew Cuomo did the best job fighting the #TrumpVirus. (Florida’s Ron DeSantis did the worst.)

    I’m glad Chris Cuomo stuck by his brother when lying, mentally unstable, attention seeking women tried to ruin his life. Andrew C. remains my top pick for Democratic Vice President in 2024 — unless Biden serves 2 terms after all, in which case it’ll be #HarrisCuomo2028.

    #LibertariansForCuomo
    #Believe(Some)Women

    1. I thought my Humanities class was about wayback art & music

    2. From the NYT [old gray hag] 4/24/2021, regarding the Sienna College Poll that week: “And by another measure, Mr. Cuomo’s position is also stronger now than it was in 2018: 57 percent of Democrats say he is doing a good or excellent job as governor.”

      Looks like most New Yorkers agree with you, OBL. Poe notwithstanding.

      1. Which is one reason why New York is one of the most dysfunctional states in the union.

    3. Change first line to “In my hard science class of college humanities” and this would have been a perfect post.

      Do Better OBL.

  7. “It’s not terribly surprising that the Cuomos have discussed the situation: They’re close family members,”

    Yeah, we know how those Italians are.

  8. Throughout the pandemic, CNN has struggled to navigate the difficulty of having one of its major cable news stars be closely related to the governor of a state that receives a great deal of news coverage.

    While playing it for ratings.

    1. dude needs an award for his live-feed fever-pitched covid delirium

  9. Side note: We really need to declare a moratorium on this application of the term. Politicians facing consequences for their decisions isn’t cancel culture, it’s democracy.

    I disagree with your opinion as presented on The Beast. I agree that the people of New York getting upset with the Mayor they elected isn’t cancel culture, it’s Democracy. However, your piece on The Beast suggests that some people deserve cancellation, even by covert, political, and/or anti-democratic means so long as we don’t call it cancelling them and/or because they are politicians. I disagree with this assessment. I don’t like Taylor Greene’s politics much more than I like Al Franken’s I wouldn’t say either one of them was definitively ‘not cancelled’. Moreover, the City of Charleston (further) regulating bathrooms, the State of NC trying to stop them, and the resulting shitstorm of the NCAA, multiple states, multiple corprorations, and a slew of media outlets was unequivocally an attempt to cancel an entire state government in defense of an overtly fascist city policy.

    I agree that care should be exercised in distinguishing cancel culture from democracy. I believe the notion that Taylor Greene should’ve expected what she got by virtue of saying what she said or believing what she believes displays a lack of caution in drawing such distinctions.

  10. CNN has struggled to navigate the difficulty of having one of its major cable news stars be closely related to the governor of a state that receives a great deal of news coverage.

    Yeah, that must have been real tough on CNN, having a guy on the inside.

    1. I think the greater difficulty is that Chris Cuomo is a moron.

      1. Fredo’s smart! Not dumb like everyone says!

        1. He was banging two cocktail waitresses at a time. The players couldn’t get a drink. I had to straighten him out a little bit.

  11. It’s almost like CNN is a self admitted propaganda arm of the progressives

  12. Great advice, Fredo.

  13. Hint: It’s not cancel culture when you’ve committed a crime.

    1. *Crime* crime or “His account on Facebook was a crime against humanity!” crime?

    2. Meh, would bill cosby have been tried for giving quaaludes to groupies if he didnt speak out against “urban” culture? I doubt it.

      1. Well he did give the other team an incentive to go looking; though given the scope of his quaalude raping it is amazing that it took so long, and for a comedian to bring it to the publics attention.

  14. Well, why not? All he did was kill off a bunch of old folks, who now won’t be a drain on Social Security and Medicare.

    It’s not like he was sending mean tweets or anything SERIOUS . . .

    1. “All he did was kill off a bunch of old folks, who now won’t be a drain on Social Security and Medicare.”

      And that is likely a factor in his current [and still well above water] polls; young people need UBI and other benefits, and those old codgers weren’t able to engage in the keyboard culture war and were just going to die any way.

  15. Now, which one is Sonny and which one is Fredo? Neither one is smart enough to be Michael.

    1. The old man sure as hell wasn’t smart enough to be Vito. That is the problem with that analogy. They are not Fredo and Sonny. They are Nicky and Tony, the idiot sons of Mario, who was a local capo that Vito was going to whack but didn’t because he felt sorry for him and just couldn’t whack someone that stupid.

      1. Now that makes more sense. Thank you for clearing that up.

  16. Participating in his brother’s strategy session and giving him brotherly advice was completely appropriate.
    Assigning him to interview his own brother on TV, however, was wildly inappropriate. Funny how the CNN exec who made that call is avoiding accountability.

  17. Politics is Hollywood for ugly people.
    Journalism is Hollywood for assholes.

    1. And Hollywood is Hollywood for good looking, entitled, and morally superior virtue signaling assholes.

  18. CNN has struggled to navigate the difficulty of having one of its major cable news stars be closely related to the governor of a state that receives a great deal of news coverage.

    It doesn’t take much work to uncover Chris Cuomo’s past and figure out that he was given the job as a “major” cable news anchor because he was closely related to the governor of a state that receives a great deal of news coverage. Same kind of deal with George Stephanoupolus – he damn sure didn’t work his way up through the ranks. And at least half the goddamn “news contributors” to all the various news channels – they aren’t journalists, they’re partisan hacks with some kind of dirt to dish even if they have to make it up.

    1. Sean Hannity’s lips wrapped around Donald Trump’s tiny pecker fulltime doesn’t count as a “close relation”?

      1. Yes, yes it does. Sean Hannity is as much a journalist as Whoopie Goldberg is a journalist.

        1. Oops, I probably shouldn’t have said that – I forgot Sean Hannity knows karate and will no doubt want to beat me up for talking shit about what a fat-headed blowhard all puffed up with his self-importance he is.

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  21. Washington Post readers consider this no big deal. They’re still faithful to the Pandemic Hero.

    1. According to the latest poll [Sienna College, 4/20/2021]:

      https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/24/upshot/andrew-cuomo-polls-governor.html

      You are absolutely correct. These “scandals” as the rest of us would call them, may be enough to effectively sink any chance he may have had at a Democratic presidential bid; but they sure as hell won’t keep him from a fourth term as governor.

      I wonder how much the faithful NY Democrats have in common with Russians who still admire Joseph Stalin. I’m thinking that would be a very telling study.

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  23. Wringing our hands about media-government nepotistic corruption. How quaint.

    Remember when the president appointed his daughter to be special adviser in charge of handbags or whatever? And we had to pay her salary for that shit?

    Or when the president’s son in law was put in charge of Middle East peace and a number of other globally significant things?

    Or when the president’s daughter, son in law, and two sons profited in their private-sector careers directly from the Oval Office?

    1. Screw waiting for Godot…
      Given shitstain’s proclivity for lying, let’s see what sort of evidence he has to back this up:
      “…And we had to pay her salary for that shit?…”

      We do know:
      “President Donald Trump Probably Donated His Entire $1.6M Salary Back To The U.S. Government – Here Are The Details”
      https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2021/02/27/president-donald-trump-probably-donated-his-entire-16m-salary-back-to-the-us-government–here-are-the-details/?sh=22e619e21a8d

      1. And then, in an amazing display of shitstain’s inability to recognize reality, we get:
        “Or when the president’s son in law was put in charge of Middle East peace and a number of other globally significant things?”
        You mean during that time when we withdrawing troops and the time when the Pals and Israels didn’t lob missiles at each other and when Israel and the Saudis signed a treaty?
        How dare Trump put someone so incompetent in that position?!
        He could have easily started WWIII if shitstain here were given any responsibility.
        Hey, shitstain! Put up or STFU!

      2. And also:
        “Following Kushner’s appointment however, the Justice Department said the move did not violate anti-nepotism laws as the president had “an unusual degree of freedom” in “choosing his personal staff” and that he was not getting paid.”
        https://www.ibtimes.com/donald-trump-only-us-president-hire-family-members-administration-look-white-house-2559811

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