Is there a bigger joke in broadcast news than Chris Cuomo?
Now, he says, he cannot cover his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, because it’s a conflict of interest. You don’t say? Apparently no such conflict arose when Chris constantly hosted his brother during the height of the pandemic, tastelessly turning his nightly news show into “The Cuomo Brothers Variety Hour.”
The governor took time out of his busy schedule — consisting of daily ego baths dressed up as press conferences and writing a book about leadership while allegedly sexually harassing at least one young employee and eugenically shunting old people with COVID into nursing homes and certain death — to answer hard-hitting questions and accusations such as these, posed by little brother Chris:
“No matter how hard you’re working, there’s always time to call Mom. She wants to hear from you.”
“You know that what people are saying about how you look really can’t be accurate, so it must be hard for you to make sense of what is real and what is true now. I feel for you.”
“Now I’ve seen you referred to a little bit recently as the LuvGuv and I’m wondering if that’s bleeding into your demeanor at all and making you a little soft on the president?”
“Do you think you are an attractive person now because you’re single and ready to mingle?” (Those last two haven’t aged well at all.)
This unethical coverage, by the way, was cheered on by the mass media: The “Today” show, Oprahmag.com, NBC News, USA Today — to name a few — heartily endorsed it.
“That is one thing the Cuomo brothers do: They love one other,” New York Times media columnist Ben Smith wrote last April. “On March 30, the day a Navy hospital ship arrived in New York, they said, ‘I love you,’ twice each, in quick succession.”
This reads more like a soggy diary entry written by a teenage girl.
The same day Smith’s column ran, April 5, 2020, the Times reported that new state data showed 4,183 people had died in New York nursing homes from COVID.
Not that Chris Cuomo asked his brother about that.
Nor has CNN been on top of Gov. Cuomo’s latest scandal, the three credible allegations of sexual harassment against him.
And so many on the left still wonder why the mainstream media is mistrusted — 33 percent of Americans having “none at all,” according to a recent Gallup poll.
“Obviously I love you as a brother,” Chris told Andrew on his show last June. “Obviously I’ll never be objective.”
Imagine: A CNN anchor just admitted on-air what we all knew — he could not do his job, but would continue to do it anyway!
Seriously, what does Chris Cuomo have on Jeff Zucker? Why does he still have this job? I realize this may be a hypothetical given Brian Williams, that other puffed-up fabulist, is back on MSNBC, but still — Chris Cuomo, reported annual salary $6 million, is a special case.
Lest we forget his self-indulgent chronicles once he tested positive for COVID (according to his own self-report), then roaming around the Hamptons without a mask and calling a local who spotted him a “jackass loser fat-tire biker”; later faking his emergence from basement quarantine on CNN; spanked by management of his NYC building for repeatedly entering, exiting and riding the elevator without a mask, and — as Page Six reported last December — flexing his muscles and admiring himself in that same mirrored elevator.
Ron Burgundy doesn’t come close to Chris Cuomo.
Yet here he was Monday night, dressed somberly in black suit and tie, opening his show with his trademark ooze of condescension and hypocrisy.
“Let me say something that is very obvious to you who watch my show — and thank you for that. You’re straight with me, I’ll be straight with you. Obviously, I’m aware of what’s going on with my brother.”
As a so-called journalist, one would hope.
“And obviously,” he continued, “I cannot cover it because he is my brother.”
Now he can’t cover it! Right, of course. Makes total sense.
This past year has made one thing painfully obvious: Chris Cuomo isn’t at CNN because of his searing intellect, his unique take on the world, his prosecutorial questioning of those in power, or his instinct for a good story.
No: He’s at CNN because his older brother is the governor of New York. If Andrew goes, how much value does Chris actually add?
Funny how their fates are intertwined like that.