After the news broke on Monday that CNN anchor Chris Cuomo played a bigger role than previously believed in helping his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, respond to sexual harassment allegations, other members of the media had an immediate reaction: The cable network needs to fire him immediately.
That didn’t happen, although CNN did suspend him indefinitely on Tuesday.
Still, many of Cuomo’s media colleagues feel that his actions violated standard journalistic policies of objectivity.
And they didn’t mince words.
— nxthompson (@nxthompson) November 30, 2021
If some news channel intern did what Chris Cuomo did they'd have been fired one second after these docs were published https://t.co/IVw6XvKujP
— David Weigel (@daveweigel) November 30, 2021
ive seen friends and colleagues lose their jobs and blacklisted from the industry for doing so much less, so it's genuinely insulting to see CNN and Chris Cuomo flout standards. it's infuriating and i won't stop talking about it.
— Gene Park (@GenePark) November 29, 2021
The Chris Cuomo issue is hard. On the one hand, he took a direct role in smearing victims of serial sexual misconduct. On the other, he's a terrible journalist and the living embodiment of the absolute worst of for-profit cable news cynically posturing as Truth Defenders
— Steve Morris (@stevemorris__) November 29, 2021
If this story is accurate, it describes a series of shocking ethical breaches — fireable offenses at any other news outlet. https://t.co/EqFsllFk9m
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) November 29, 2021
Chris Cuomo must resign or be fired by CNN. His involvement in helping his brother navigate the accusations was far more extensive than he let on. It was an ethical lapse and betrayal of his viewers. https://t.co/YvXQAU2NeQ
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) November 30, 2021
Some criticized the network for not dealing with Cuomo more harshly when his involvement in his brother’s situation broke last May.
The admission by @CNN that the documents relating to @ChrisCuomo merit further consideration is also an admission of failure at the highest levels of network leadership: They could have investigated this matter months ago and chose not to. https://t.co/HruMFybOc5
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) November 30, 2021
There are good people who work at @CNN. What the network is doing to so many hardworking people by continuing to employ @ChrisCuomo is nothing short of ethical malpractice.
He is a disgrace to journalism and a national embarrassment who tarnishes every SINGLE person at @CNN.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 30, 2021
One person called out CNN for allowing Cuomo to help his brother. They also threw shade at Fox News for criticizing its competitor while allowing hosts like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson to advise Donald Trump.
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) November 30, 2021
One conservative journalist snarkily noted that CNN is at least consistent since it also allowed legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin back on the air after co-workers at The New Yorker caught him masturbating during a Zoom call.
what's a guy got to do to get fired by CNN? masturbate in front of his coworke -- oh.https://t.co/gX1DvIGDGt
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) November 29, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.