Nation Shocked: CNN Is As Bad As We All Thought

I’m shocked.

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.”

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9 Responses to Nation Shocked: CNN Is As Bad As We All Thought

  1. laura says:

    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.”

    We’re going to bend ourselves backwards into a pretzel to save the well remunerated skeezy fucker’s career because it’s on brand and we wouldn’t want to open up a position to a qualified journalist who could possibly be a skirt or a blah or both he did not add.

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  2. spotthedog says:

    I had read previously that the lighthearted brotherly interview segments were against CNN’s own policy, but Chris was allowed an exception because pandemic and familial access and all. I saw it a couple of times and found it a bit too warm and cozy. And you know who is going to gleefully jump on the resulting controversy and whip it hard if CNN doesn’t do the right thing immediately, it was already troublesome because of the nursing home deaths data issue.

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  3. sos says:

    I think Andrew is more mook than dope but granted, it’s a fine line.

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  4. robginchicago says:

    Y’all can gang up on me but I was pretty much aware that Chris Cuomo was Mario’s son and Andrew’s brother. While I prefer watching Rachel to watching Chris, I’ve appreciated his show on those days Rachel is not around. That Chris Cuomo, a trained lawyer, was asked for advice by his brother and offered his brother his best advice doesn’t bother me in the least. That’s what brothers do and I think that’s a good thing. That Chris and CNN decided early on that Chris wouldn’t generally report or comment on his brother’s situation was also expected and a good thing too. I don’t have a fiduciary relationship with Chris Cuomo, but I think I’m able to listen to what he says or doesn’t say on the air and deal with it as I would any other journalist’s work or TV talking head. I can do that without knocking him for being his brother’s friend and advisor. It’s possible to separate personal and professional lives, even when they run up against one another. Aside from that, Andrew has always been (and remains) a self-absorbed cretinous a$$hole and was destined to go down sooner or later.

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    • Redhand says:

      Aside from that, Andrew has always been (and remains) a self-absorbed cretinous a$$hole and was destined to go down sooner or later.

      Pretty impressive use of language, I must say. However, it was interesting to read that other “talent” talking heads at CNN can’t stand Andrew either.

      I understand your “He ain’t heavy, Fodder, he’s my brudder” feelings about this but a case can be made that both of them abused their positions, and unless you’re a Republican (IOKIYAR!) “with great power comes great responsibility” etc.

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  6. Weird Dave says:

    I was watching CNN the day Jack Cafferty asked Wolf Blitzer if Anna Nicole Smith was still alive.

    Wolf Blitzer is still on TV. Jack Cafferty is not…

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