A group of women asked CNN on Thursday to suspend Chris Cuomo following reports that Cuomo advised his brother, the governor of New York, on how to respond to #METOO allegations.
The Washington Post reported that on Thursday CNN admitted that its primetime host engaged in “inappropriate” strategy meetings with the embattled governor’s team earlier this year as he faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted touching.
UltraViolet is known and called itself as an organization that “creates consequences for sexism by holding politicians and thought leaders accountable to all women,” weighed in on CNN’s scandal on Twitter.
The Washington Post reported:
The cable news anchor encouraged his brother to take a defiant position and not to resign from the governor’s office, the people said. At one point, he used the phrase “cancel culture” as a reason to hold firm in the face of the allegations, two people present on one call said.
“This is deeply disturbing and completely unacceptable,” UltraViolet reacted. “This wasn’t just a brother talking to his brother about their lives, or even about politics. This was a major network news anchor advising the Governor to actively push back against sexual harassment allegations and denigrate survivors of abuse by defining their calls for accountability as ‘cancel culture.'”
THREAD: Today the Washington Post reported CNN anchor Chris Cuomo advised his brother, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his staff on how to respond to sexual harassment allegations made earlier this year by women who had worked with the governor.https://t.co/E75sDbRu8n
— UltraViolet (Text JOIN to 98688) (@UltraViolet) May 20, 2021
“CNN should immediately suspend Chris Cuomo and conduct a thorough investigation into whether or not his position of authority at the network has impacted how others covered the allegations against his brother, Governor Cuomo,” Todd said. “Anything less is unacceptable, and further harms survivors of sexual abuse, who are already disinclined to come forward for fear of retaliation from men in power like the Cuomo brothers.”
Though the network acknowledged Chris Cuomo’s involvement, CNN said that the news anchor will not be disciplined for his conduct.
“Chris has not been involved in CNN’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo – on-air or behind the scenes. In part because, as he has said on his show, he could never be objective. But also because he often serves as a sounding board for his brother,” CNN said in a statement to Fox News. “However, it was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges. He will not participate in such conversations going forward.”
The behind-the-scenes strategy “cuts against the widely accepted norm in journalism that those reporting the news should not be involved in politics,” the Post reported.