CNN’s Brian Stelter admits Chris Cuomo’s revelations ‘cast doubt’ on anchor’s past comments on family drama
Left-wing CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter made a subtle but rather astonishing admission regarding the explosive revelations about his colleague Chris Cuomo that emerged from the New York attorney general’s investigation into his now ex-governor brother. Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
A recently released testimony shows that the “Cuomo Prime Time” host worked extensively with his brother’s inner circle to tackle the allegations of sexual misconduct against him, even relying on media sources on the reports that were made on the governor’s accusers.
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In a report covering CNN’s own scandal, Stelter pointed to on-air comments Cuomo made in August after his brother’s announced resignation, telling viewers, “I have never attacked or encouraged anyone to attack a woman. that came forward. I never called the press about my situation with my brother. “
“Monday’s revelations cast doubt on his statement regarding his interactions with the press,” Stelter co-wrote with his CNN colleagues Oliver Darcy and Sonia Moghe.
Stelter previously defended his colleague when he was toasted by “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, who denounced the CNN presenter’s “strange conflict of interest”.
âIt’s a weird conflict,â Stelter admitted, âbut I don’t think so – if we open the book of ethics of journalism, there’s no page for it. Craziest set of circumstances than you can imagine, right? A governor and a brother, both in these top jobs. It’s certainly embarrassing for CNN, though. “
Cuomo previously addressed the controversies that plagued his brother, but dramatically downplayed his role in helping the ailing New York governor.
âI was there to listen and offer my point of view and my advice to my brother was simple and consistent. no matter what you intended, what matters is how your actions and words were perceived, âCuomo told viewers in August after the governor’s announced resignation.â There are critics who say things about me, a lot without support, but know this, my position has never changed. I have never misled anyone about the information I provided or did not provide about this program. I never attacked or encouraged anyone to attack a woman who came. I never called the press about my brother’s situation. I have never influenced or attempted to control CNN’s coverage of my family.
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The host of the poorly watched “Reliable Sources” media show also insisted Cuomo abides by journalistic boundaries after Colbert suggested CNN’s anchor wasn’t doing it.
Transcripts of his interview with investigators show that the host of “Cuomo Prime Time” admits he would seek to know the new accusers who have not yet come out publicly.
“When asked, I contacted sources, other reporters, to see if they had heard of anyone else,” Cuomo told investigators.
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Three days after the New York Times revealed the story of Anna Ruch, who alleged the governor sexually harassed her at a wedding reception in 2019, the CNN presenter texted the Cuomo’s assistant, Melissa DeRosa, “I have a lead on the wedding girl.”
In another exchange, DeRosa texted Cuomo, “Rumor circulating of politico 1-2 more people will come out tomorrow,” then asking him, “Can you verify your sources?”
Cuomo replied âabout this,â later writing âNo one has heard of this yet. “
Cuomo nosed around in the progress of Ronan Farrow’s report about his brother and passed it on to the governor’s inner circle.
The host admitted to reaching out to Farrow colleagues for updates, but claimed it was just “business as usual” to use such methods. Text messages issued by state investigators showed DeRosa questions about “information the CNN anchor had about Farrow’s report on March 15, to which he replied he was not prepared to be. The Farrow Story was finally published on March 18.
Cuomo’s confession contradicts what he told CNN viewers in August when he said, “I never called the press about my brother’s situation.”
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Additionally, the transcript of investigators’ interview with Democratic strategist and Andrew Cuomo ally, Lis Smith, showed that Chris Cuomo had forwarded his documents regarding the governor’s second accuser, Charlotte Bennett, and her “time to time.” ‘university”.
It comes as the CNN presenter claimed to investigators that he was not in the “oppo research business.”
âI would never do oppo research on anyone claiming something like this. I’m not in the oppo research business. I don’t tolerate a lot of oppo research at any level,â Cuomo said. “And I have never been aware of anything like what you are suggesting, and I have never participated in, suggested, or tolerated anything like what you are suggesting.”
CNN offered a lukewarm response to the growing scandal hours after the damning revelations from probe NY AG went viral.
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“The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the New York Attorney General deserve careful consideration and review,” CNN said. “We will have conversations and seek further clarification on their importance to CNN over the next few days.”
Many critics are asking CNN to fire Cuomo while others remain stunned that the Liberal Network has yet to take action against its problematic star.
Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.