CNN journalist Jake Tapper slammed colleague Chris Cuomo for not disclosing his collaboration meeting with his older brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I cannot imagine a world in which anybody in journalism thinks that that was appropriate,’’ Tapper told the New York Times in a recent podcast interview.
Chris Cuomo, who hosts the cable network’s news-analysis show “Cuomo Prime Time” during the week, reportedly took part in repeated strategy sessions between his brother and the governor’s top aides earlier this year over how to handle the allegations against Andrew — with the TV talker insisting his sibling shouldn’t become a victim of “cancel culture” and resign.
Gov. Cuomo took his baby brother’s advice and will continue to fight to stay in power even amid probes by the state attorney general and assembly into the allegations against him, sources told the Washington Post, which broke the news of the journalistically taboo conference calls earlier this month.
“And he said, Chris, in his apology that he delivered on air, said that he put us in a bad spot. And I would also agree with that,” Tapper said in the interview with Kara Swisher on her “Sway” podcast.
“And then just as a last point I would say that I work very hard to be fair and to be ethical and to not cross lines. And I certainly understand the love that Chris has for his brother, and I have a brother, and I get it.
Chris Cuomo previously landed in hot water with the network over interviews he did with his brother during the COVID-19 pandemic — while failing to ever address the governor’s related nursing-home death scandal.
Gov. Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing in response to the sexual misconduct allegations against him.