CNN host Chris Cuomo set aside some time in a short segment on his program “Cuomo Prime Time” to issue an apology for advising his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on sexual harassment allegations made against him by a number of his former staff members.
“If you would, allow me a moment. If you’ll remember, I told you back in the beginning of March, I can’t cover my brother’s troubles. It wouldn’t be fair. And you got it then, and I appreciate you understanding. Now today, there are stories out there about me offering my brother advice. Of course I do. This is no revelation,” he went on to say. “I’ve said it publicly and I certainly have never hidden it. I can be objective about just about any topic, but not about my family. Those of you who watch this show get it. Like you, I bet, my family means everything to me and I’m fiercely loyal to them. I’m family first, job second.”
“But being a journalist and a brother to a politician is unique and a unique challenge, and I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles. It’s not always easy,” he continued. “People can say and write what they want, but I want you to know the truth.”
According to Cuomo, he “understands” why his network has been put into such a difficult situation when he was “looped into calls” with advisors for his brother and vowed the incident will never happen again.
“It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot,” Cuomo stated. “I never intended for that. I would never intend for that. And I am sorry for that.”
The CNN host went on to say he purposefully doesn’t cover the allegations made against his brother.
“I’ve never tried to influence this network’s coverage of my brother,” he explained. “In fact, I’ve been walled off from it.”
Cuomo said he knows where “the line” is and how he can manage his professionalism while also being there for his family.
“I have to do that. I love my brother. I love my family,” he said. “I love my job. And I love and respect my colleagues here at CNN.”
Cuomo closed out the segment with yet another apology to both colleagues and viewers.
“And again, to them [his colleagues], I’m truly sorry,” Cuomo said. “You know who I am. You know what I’m about, and I want this to be said in public to you who give me the opportunity and to my colleagues who make me better at what I do.”
“Being a journalist and a brother to a politician is… a unique challenge, and I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles,” says @ChrisCuomo regarding reports that he offered advice to his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “It was a mistake.” pic.twitter.com/P0GkglgrYM
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) May 21, 2021
The only reason there was an apology is because the media exposed what he did. He’s not sorry for doing something wrong. He’s sorry for getting caught.
There’s a big difference between heartfelt repentance and a people pleasing appeasement. This is likely the former.