Primetime anchor Chris Cuomo has been labelled a “national embarrassment” and a “disgrace to journalism” following CNN’s decision to suspend him from the network.
CNN suspended Mr Cuomo after new information released by the New York Attorney General’s office found the news anchor had more involvement in his brother’s sexual harassment allegations than he had led on.
“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly,” the CNN statement read.
“These documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew.
“As a result we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
In August New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into embattled former New York governor Andrew Cuomo found he had sexually harassed at least 11 female staff.
It also found Chris Cuomo was CC’d in on emails about how best Governor Cuomo address the allegations.
The report showed Chris helped write his brother’s response in an email that mirrored one of Andrew’s official statements in February.
The new evidence released by Ms James found the journalist had been liaising with Governor Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa about women coming forward with sexual harassment allegations.
In one example Ms DeRosa asked Chris to check with his sources about one woman’s allegations.
He replied “on it” and then told the former aide he had a lead on the “wedding girl” which was in reference to a woman who accused the governor of sexual harassment at a wedding they had both attended.
CNN copped criticism for allowing Chris to remain on air on Monday night despite the newly released transcripts coming to light.
“There are good people who work at CNN,” wrote Meghan McCain.
“What the network is doing to so many hardworking people by continuing to employ Chris Cuomo is nothing short of ethical malpractice.
“He is a disgrace to journalism and a national embarrassment who tarnishes every single person at CNN.”