Chris Cuomo Violated Journalism Norms To Help His Brother and Should Resign From CNN
The office of New York’s attorney general released thousands of pages of testimony relating to the sexual harassment allegations against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the new information makes it abundantly clear that CNN host Chris Cuomo involved himself in his brother’s efforts to survive public scrutiny. Contrary to Chris Cuomo’s claim that he did not act as an official advisor to his brother, the documents reveal that he actively used his journalistic access and connections to find out more information about the accusers—and potentially, to discredit them.
Chris texted his brother’s long-serving handler, Melissa DeRosa, about one of the accusers, saying, “I have a lead on the wedding girl.” The wedding girl is Anna Ruch, who accused Andrew of making a pass at her. Chris’s “lead” was a possible means of casting aspersions on her accusation; Chris told the attorney general’s fact-finders that he had learned of a source who might say Ruch had ulterior motives.
Despite claiming during his interview with the attorney general’s office that “I would never do oppo research on anybody alleging anything like this,” he was clearly engaged in a form of opposition research. He wasn’t just passively listening to his brother’s side of the story and offering words of encouragement: He took part in the strategizing.
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