CNN presenter Jake Tapper has weighed in on the controversy surrounding his colleague Chris Cuomo’s consultative meetings with his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“I can’t imagine a world in which anyone in journalism thinks it was appropriate,” Tapper said in an interview with The New York Times released Thursday. “And he said, Chris, in his apologies for delivering on the air, said he put us in a bad position. And I would also agree with that.
He added that he works hard to be fair and not to cross ethical lines, but understands “the love that Chris has for his brother”.
“I have a brother and I understand. But it was not a fun day, ”he said.
Cuomo apologized on “Cuomo Prime Time” last week after the Washington Post reported that he joined meetings with his brother and his team earlier this year to strategize on the governor’s response to the allegations of sexual harassment. Nine women accused the governor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, including three who said they kissed them without consent.
The report raised the question of whether CNN could objectively cover the scandal. The network said in a statement at the time that it was inappropriate for Cuomo to join these conversations with governor’s staff; however, Cuomo wouldn’t face discipline.
Cuomo apologized to his colleagues, adding that he had been barred from covering his brother’s crisis and had never tried to influence CNN’s coverage.
“It won’t happen again,” Cuomo said on air. “It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad position. I never intended for this, never intended for this, and I’m sorry for it.
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