But his emails: Chris Cuomo had ‘intimate involvement’ in his brother’s ‘public relations crises’

But his emails: Chris Cuomo had ‘intimate involvement’ in his brother’s ‘public relations crises’

Two sons of the late New York Gov. Mario Cuomo lost their jobs in 2021. Andrew Cuomo, inundated with sexual harassment accusations, resigned as New York State’s governor — and CNN suspended Chris Cuomo because of allegations that he used his position to help his brother. Now, Vice News’ Tim Marchman is reporting that “e-mails newly obtained via New York’s Freedom of Information Law shed light on” Chris Cuomo’s “intimate involvement…. in responding to public-relations crises surrounding his brother.”

“At one point, the e-mails show Chris Cuomo and the governor's top aide, Melissa DeRosa, working alone on a draft of a statement the governor would give responding to harassment allegations,” Marchman explains. “They also show Chris Cuomo discussing how best to attack reporting by the New York Times that revealed the nursing-home COVID-19 death toll was far higher than the governor had said…. Last November, CNN suspended Chris Cuomo after New York Attorney General Letitia James released documents related to an investigation into Andrew Cuomo that showed he wasn’t just airing his brother’s propaganda, but was actively creating it — something that had been publicly known for months, and which CNN was OK with until it wasn’t.”

Marchman adds, “The network subsequently fired Chris Cuomo after a lawyer for one of his former colleagues raised allegations of sexual misconduct against him.”

According to Marchman, the newly obtained e-mails “show in detail just how intimately Chris Cuomo was involved in crafting political messaging pushing back against Charlotte Bennett, a former Andrew Cuomo aide who said the governor sexually harassed her.”

“They also show him strategizing about how the governor should respond to the scandal over the Cuomo Administration’s efforts to cover up how many New Yorkers in nursing homes were dying of COVID,” Marchman notes. “The e-mails were obtained by a New York Post reporter who requested them from the governor’s office using Muckrock, an open-source journalism platform, in a way that made them public.”

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