The ongoing Chris Cuomo saga plaguing CNN has slowly become more about the network’s mismanagement than its biggest star, as watchdogs from prominent journalism institutions and liberal publications have called for action.
Liberal organizations that CNN typically strives to please such as the Poynter Institute, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times and The Washington Post have all put a harsh spotlight on the network’s handling of its lead anchor providing political advice to his powerful brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D.
Poynter’s senior media writer Tom Jones feels Chris Cuomo has a “credibility problem” that only a time machine could fix.
“I won’t go as far as to call for someone’s job, but CNN is in a bad spot here,” Jones wrote. “Politicians that Chris talks about — Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and so forth — have called for Andrew to resign. Might that affect how Chris covers them? The fact that this is even a question is a problem for CNN.”
CNN’s Cuomo was allowed to go on air last week after a report from New York Attorney General Letitia James concluded his brother sexually harassed multiple women and CNN’s biggest star tried to help him fight allegations along the way. The “Cuomo Prime Time” host ignored the bombshell report, which was a direct order from CNN honchos who have banned him from reporting on the major story despite anchoring the network’s most-watched hour.
“CNN made a huge miscalculation in assuming this controversy with Chris Cuomo would just fade away. Now CNN is making things worse by failing to acknowledge its mistakes and taking some sort of action, any action, to discipline Chris,” DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News.
“The situation with Governor Cuomo is dragging out with no quick resolution in sight, which means Chris and CNN’s questionable journalism ethics will remain a part of the ongoing saga,” McCall said. “CNN mistakenly believed it was bulletproof to outside criticism and counted on getting cover from its left-leaning pals in the establishment media. But the public has awakened and now realizes that CNN enabled one of its highest profile personalities to abandon journalism standards.”
Indeed, a plethora of “left-leaning pals in the establishment media” have scolded CNN.
Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan blasted the “deplorable behavior at CNN,” writing the network’s leadership “let him get away with” putting brotherly love ahead of journalism ethics.
MSNBC opinion columnist Laura Bassett has called for Chris Cuomo to “resign from covering politics or be fired,” while the Times reported a major “conundrum” for the liberal network.
McCall feels CNN is now losing on two separate fronts.
“It is taking a beating for its brazen abandonment of journalism standards, plus it is also taking a huge hit in viewership. The decline in ratings alone should prompt the CNN hierarchy to look in the mirror,” McCall said.
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