Not even one day after CNN fired Chris Cuomo for shielding his scandal-plagued brother and 'additional information' which came to light, former colleague Brian Stelter threw Fredo under the bus.
"Chris Cuomo, one of the most popular anchors at CNN, 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 what is the result of today’s news, Jim," Stelter told Jim Acosta. "What we didn’t know until tonight, Jim, is that an outside law firm came in and went through the thousands of pages of text messages and sworn testimony that was released back on Monday. So there was clearly something in those documents that was found to be a serious breach of standards and practices."
The "Reliable Sources" host dinged Cuomo for "acting like an unpaid staffer" for his brother based on the documents released by the AG despite how "it was known months ago" that the anchor was helping the governor.
Stelter told Acosta he has "no answers" as to the "additional information" CNN had learned as part of its investigation and when it would ever be made public. -Fox News
"I think this may be a situation where it was death by a thousand cuts, where there were just so many headaches time and time again involving Chris Cuomo that even though many viewers loved ‘Cuomo Prime Time,’ looked forward to his show, he was causing so many headaches for the network and for CNN staffers that ultimately this decision was reached," Stelter continued. "I do think, you know, this is a moment where journalistic ethics are at play. I know there were many CNN staffers very unhappy with the situation, very frustrated by Chris Cuomo. At the same time, Jim, I was hearing from some fans of Chris, some viewers who said we understood he was looking out for his family."
CNN star anchor Chris Cuomo was fired on Saturday, just days after the network suspended him amid an internal investigation into his efforts to help his brother, former Governor Andrew Cuomo, fight a sexual harassment scandal.
"Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense," read a Saturday statement from CNN. "We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately. While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate."
As the New York Times reports, the announcement is a 'stunning downfall' for the network's top-rated anchor who had - up until last month - enjoyed the support of CNN president Jeff Zucker. He notably faced no discipline for strategizing with his brother's political aides - 'a breach of basic journalistic norms.'
Brian Stelter of CNN's "Reliable Sources" predicted Cuomo would be back in January. Whoops.
Brian Stelter, CNN's chief media correspondent, said he believes it is possible that Chris Cuomo will be back on air in January.https://t.co/NQhLpmz2CP
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 1, 2021
Chris Cuomo's undoing came after the NY Attorney General released a batch of testimony and text messages on Nov. 29 which revealed Cuomo had played a far more intimate and direct role in his brother's damage control.
— Lonewolfy 🐺 (@Lonewolfy777) December 4, 2021
In May, CNN anchor Jake Tapper spoke out publicly against the Cuomo brothers - saying that his colleague had "put us in a bad spot," adding "I cannot imagine a world in which anybody in journalism thinks that that was appropriate."