For decades now, the Cuomo family has been sleazily infecting New York. Ever since Mario Cuomo became the Governor of NY back in 1983, their politics and absurd way of seeing the world have run rampant across the state. His sons Chris and Andrew are no different, and if anything, they may have been even worse.
Their commitment to one another put Chris in a tough spot when allegations of sexual misconduct came out against Andrew. With his job at CNN and the free reign they gave him on his own program, nobody should have been surprised when he spoke out on Andrew’s behalf. So when they fired him as a result of his speaking up, he was infuriated. Now filing a $125 million arbitration suit against CNN, he claims the network knew what was going on.
The suit also claims that CNN was made directly aware of his mission to support and advise his brother. It also indicates that CNN themselves were offering advice to Andrew as well. It was this on-air support that caused such backlash that CNN chief Jeff Zucker decided to fire Cuomo from his top-rated TV show. As a result of this decision and many other ill-timed moves, Zucker and his top deputy, Allison Gollust found themselves both fired.
Chris Cuomo’s lawyer Bryan Freedman has adamantly spoken out in defense of his client since he was fired. “It should be obvious by now that Chris Cuomo did not lie to CNN about helping his brother. In fact, as the limited information released from Warner Media’s investigation makes clear, CNN’s highest-level executives not only knew about Chris’ involvement in helping his brother but also actively assisted the governor, both through Chris and directly themselves.” Meanwhile, CNN, Zucker, and Gollust as well as their respective attorneys have remained largely silent about the arbitration, or anything related to Chris.
With the stories about Andrew hitting during the pandemic, CNN was almost desperate for live guests for Chris. This timing and access provided a consistent guest as Andrew pushed his defense, and CNN decided to bend their rules and allow Chris to interview Andrew live on-air nine times before Chris was let go. These interviews allowed for the seeds of dissension as well as mistrust in NY to be sprinkled everywhere.
Adding in the ever-spewing stream of manure out of both brothers’ mouths, CNN had not only found themselves rating gold by having a live guest, but they also had a built-in inside eye into this scandal. With the world watching, the duo launched one of the only network-sponsored PR attacks against not only women but an entire state. This didn’t give CNN the credibility and impartialness they had proclaimed to be all about.
As a result, the viewership changed drastically. Freedman went on to claim that this was why Chris was told to leave. “Network standards were changed in a calculated decision to boost ratings. When those practices were called into question, Chris was made the scapegoat.” Fair or not, he got the short end of the stick on this deal. He was not too happy about that either. The decision to place the blame squarely on Chris’ shoulders seemed to upset Andrew as well, but with the issues, he was already having, speaking up was not in his best interests.
With other CNN anchors not getting disciplined for these misgivings, Cuomo felt safe to stand up for his brother. Don Lemmon admitted to texting with Jussie Smollett when he was accused of falsifying an attack on himself and claiming it was racially motivated. Meanwhile, Jake Tapper was allegedly advising an unnamed politician. Both claims destroy journalistic integrity, and Cuomo’s misgivings were apparently the worst of all as they had the least left positive spin to them.
Now, we wait and see if both will also be listed in the Cuomo suit in some fashion.