CNN’s Chris Cuomo is taking a birthday vacation as calls for him to be fired for this role in defending his embattled brother grow.
A report from NY Democrat AG Letitia James found that Gov. Cuomo, Chris Cuomo’s brother sexually harassed multiple women, including unwanted touching.
Thursday Cuomo said “Every year I take my birthday week off” while handing off to Don Lemon.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he continued.
“I’ll be right here at home because I don’t know why I’d go anywhere else than the East End of Long Island during the summer,” he added. “It’s the most beautiful place in the world.”
Per The Hill:
Chris Cuomo has also faced scrutiny in connection with the report, which revealed new details on the level of involvement the CNN host had in helping to craft his brother’s responses to the allegations when they first gained traction in February.
For example, the report included that Chris Cuomo had emailed suggested lines that were eventually included in his brother’s official February statement responding to the accusations.
Chris Cuomo was also copied in a series of other emails advising the governor on how to respond to specific allegations from former aide Charlotte Bennett, including telling Andrew Cuomo to “express contrition.”
While Chris Cuomo previously apologized in May after reports revealed that he had advised his brother on how to answer questions regarding the allegations, he has not publicly addressed the accusations since the release of the report.
Journalist Laura Bassett, who writes for MSNBC, said Chris Cuomo needs to “resign from covering politics or be fired.”
“CNN’s viewers deserve better than a news anchor who is working on behalf of a politician he covers and helps to manipulate public opinion of him,” she wrote. “Both Cuomo brothers have amassed massive power and influence, while betraying public trust. And both brothers must go.”
She added it was “extremely inappropriate and unethical for a journalist to advise and craft the statements of a politician, regardless of family relation.”
“This is an intolerable conflict of interest for @CNN,” said Keith Olbermann in a tweet. “You cannot have an anchor formally consulting his brother on how to handle the media, when he has outsized influence on how a large player in the media covers his brother (or doesn’t). They cannot keep @ChrisCuomo on air.”