From the New York Times, “CNN has barred Chris Cuomo from engaging in strategy sessions with the governor’s aides, but has said it would not prohibit him from speaking directly with his brother about the scandal.” The scandal is now former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s grappling with accusations of harassment and more from 11 women. Chris Cuomo had done so in the past, even having his soon-to-be-ex-governor brother on the show for interviews, even as he was helping said governor/brother with strategy for dealing with the accusations, report, and looming impeachment. CNN told Chris Cuomo that such conduct was, “inappropriate.” Mercy, the rough treatment! Nonetheless, Chris Cuomo’s show sallied forth without mentioning the nation’s biggest story. That’s crackerjack journalism.
Could you talk to a sibling facing sexual harassment allegations without suggesting strategies? “Here’s what you ought to do,” would be the first words out of my mouth.
There are only two ways to manage a conflict: You disclose whatever. CNN and Chris already failed the public on this one. So the answer is, “Don’t do it!” CNN proposed a leave of absence with a guaranteed return for Chris Cuomo. Chris Cuomo instead went to the Hamptoms. That oughta do it. The Hamptons cleanses everything. You can bet that the phone lines between Albany and Sag Harbor are full of strategizing. But Chris Cuomo will be back on the air thanks to the mish-mash of ethical standards the Cuomos and CNN follow when it comes to conflicts.