Chris Cuomo’s firing was turned into a “breaking news” story at CNN.
In an ultimate ironic twist about the cruel cable news business, Cuomo’s demise was used to juice ratings on the failing network by having Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter (aka Mr. Potato Head) deliver the
good bad news to CNN viewers.
“This is CNN breaking news,” the dramatic intro led in.
“And we have breaking news to report to you now about CNN anchor Chris Cuomo,” Acosta said, deadpan. “Earlier this week, Cuomo was suspended from CNN after documents revealed he had been involved more than previously known in shaping his brother’s, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s, defense.”
“Cuomo, Chris Cuomo, we should point out, has now been terminated here at CNN,” Acosta added before going to Brian Stelter.
“Brian, obviously this is huge news,” he said. “Not only inside CNN, but for this industry. What can you tell us?”
“Yeah, Chris Cuomo, one of the most popular anchors at CNN,” Stelter said, “One of the best known names in television news, violated journalistic ethics and norms, not once or twice, but many times. And that’s ultimately the result of today’s news.”
It’s amazing to see Brian Stelter and Jim Acosta discussing “journalistic norms.” Chris Cuomo had appeared on the network for over a year with his brother Andrew Cuomo, throughout numerous scandals, most egregiously, the nursing home deaths reporting scandal that neither Acosta nor Stelter substantially criticized on-air.
No, it took the actions of a New York Attorney General to shine the light on Chris Cuomo, whose brother just happened to have gotten taken down recently for a sexual assault accusation scandal. It appears that Chris Cuomo’s connections in New York politics dried up with his brother’s departure, and now both brothers are out of a job.
Life comes at you fast. But for Acosta and Stelter, pretending they didn’t know Cuomo was violating journalistic ethics for the last year and a half, up to the moment of “breaking news,” is unintentionally hilarious. If there were any justice at CNN, all of Chris Cuomo’s fellow journalists who turned a blind eye to his bad behavior should be on the hot seat, as well.
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