Media reporter warns Brian Stelter is 'really damaging his credibility' after Stephen Colbert grills CNN host on Chris Cuomo
On August 10, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — inundated with disturbing sexual harassment accusations and facing pressure from fellow Democrats — announced his resignation. Cuomo's brother is CNN host Chris Cuomo, and when CNN's Brian Stelter appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," host Colbert wanted to know how CNN would be handling Chris Cuomo.
Colbert asked Stelter, "Behind closed doors, are people mad at him? Is he in trouble?"
TONIGHT: @BrianStelter talks about the "wide range of opinions" inside CNN regarding anchor Chris Cuomo's coverage of his brother Andrew. #LSSCpic.twitter.com/27Z02RTNa3— The Late Show (@The Late Show) 1628645699
The New York Times has reported that Chris Cuomo, during the sexual harassment scandal, has been helping his brother craft his messaging. And Stelter acknowledged to Colbert, "Some people are mad at him…. I also have a source who says that Chris was on the phone with his brother this week."
When Colbert asked Stelter, "Is your source Chris Cuomo?" Stelter responded, "He is not. You've got to have boundaries. You've got to draw a line." And Colbert said, "Why? He doesn't."
On Twitter, the Daily Beast's Marlow Stern was highly critical of Stelter:
brian stelter's defense of his cnn colleague chris cuomo is really damaging his credibility as a media reporterhttps://www.thedailybeast.com/stephen-colbert-grills-brian-stelter-on-cnns-chris-cuomo-problem\u00a0\u2026— Marlow Stern (@Marlow Stern) 1628650239
Here are some more reactions to Stelter's appearance on Colbert's show:
Did Chris ever cover any of the issues that led up to resignation? Wasn't he "prime time" face? Others covered but not in "Prime Time". Interesting tonight no fawning hand off between Cooper and Lemon as had been typical between Chris and Don. Colbert doing a good job here.— Craig Beam (@Craig Beam) 1628647871
Who could possibly have foreseen that dynastic sons could aid one another from positions of prominence and power they both owe to their birth— Emil Seidel\ud83d\udeb0 (@Emil Seidel\ud83d\udeb0) 1628651360
Brian has always been the cleanup guy for CNN. They break stuff 6 days a week and he tries to fix their messes on Sundays. I stopped watching his show after that realization.— Tundey A. (@Tundey A.) 1628682269
Actually, there is a playbook, Brian. Conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived, should be avoided. @ChrisCuomo interviewing @NYGovCuomo was that! Chris helping his brother with comms is that! What are you talking about?— Martin G. Reynolds (@Martin G. Reynolds) 1628659666
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