We’ve long said that journalists need a governing body like lawyers have with the American Bar Association. It’s ridiculous that they have no self-governing standards and cannot kick one of their own outta the biz.
Of course, at least half of DC would be unemployed.
We mention this only because Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie’s hall monitors have all the hot dish that CNN can handle:
CHRIS CUOMO UNDER FIRE FOR HELPING HIS BROTHER — CNN star CHRIS CUOMO is coming under a wave of criticism after New York A.G. TISH JAMES released records depicting just how hands-on he was in helping shape his older brother’s response to the sexual harassment controversy that ended his governorship. Explosive testimony and text messages detail how Cuomo used his journalism network to pump sources for information about stories reporters were working on regarding allegations against ANDREW CUOMO.
And that’s just the first of many ethical conundrums that Cuomo finds hisself in.
Chris Cuomo brushed off criticism of his involvement or suggestions that he crossed an ethical line given his position as a prime-time TV host, as Nick Niedzwiadek reports. “How do I protect my family? How do I help protect him?” the CNN anchor told state investigators in sworn testimony July 15. “[I] probably should have been thinking more about how I protect myself, which just never occurred to me.”
“…because I’m a dope,” Cuomo did not add.
But his critics aren’t going to let this slide so easily. “Chris Cuomo Must Go,” reads the headline on a piece by David A. Graham in The Atlantic that argues the “anchor betrayed his obligation to his viewers.”
CNBC and WaPo have more on the story, including Cuomo’s push to help his brother’s team draft statements denying reports of sexual harassment claims. CNN issued a statement vowing to review the newly released documents.
CNN reached for the Magic 8-Ball, I’m sure. “Did the big dope do it?”
Replied the 8-Ball: “No D’uh!”
“The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration,” CNN spokesman MATT DORNIC said, per CNBC. “We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”