Don’t ask a question when you may not like the answer.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo learned that lesson the hard way Thursday, as Twitter users proved all too willing to point out examples of biased and unethical behavior by the “Cuomo Prime Time” host.
The trouble began for Cuomo after he decided to confront a social media critic who told him “you constantly deny facts you dont [sic] like.”
“Name one?” Cuomo asked, adding: “Tick tock”.
Twitter users obliged the anchor’s request, with some listing several offenses.
“You broke quarantine while actually sick with COVID,” recalled Post columnist Karol Markowicz.
Indeed, Cuomo got in hot water in April of last year — days after announcing he had tested positive for COVID-19 — when a Hamptons cyclist called him out for violating rules against unnecessary travel set out by his governor brother Andrew.
The week after the heated confrontation with the cyclist (who claimed Cuomo told him, “Who the hell are you?! I can do what I want!”), the anchor staged what he called his “official reentry” from his basement, having been purportedly “cleared by the CDC.”
“Anything that has to do with your brother?” chimed in Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean, a persistent critic of Andrew Cuomo.
CNN heavily promoted the Cuomo Brothers double act on “Cuomo Primetime” during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. The segments often devolved into cringeworthy lovefests in which the siblings “humorously” squabbled over who their mother’s favorite was, the size of Andrew Cuomo’s nose and the governor’s mercifully brief status as a sex symbol.
The laughter came to an abrupt end earlier this year, when multiple women accused the governor of sexual misconduct. In February of this year, CNN said it had reinstated its “rule” preventing Chris Cuomo from interviewing his famous family member after apparently lifting it to allow the yukfests that marked the spring of 2020.
On March 1, Chris Cuomo told his loyal viewers that he was “aware of what’s going on with my brother, and obviously I cannot cover it, because he is my brother. Now, of course CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so.”
In May, The Washington Post reported that Chris Cuomo was not merely “aware” of the allegations against his brother, but he had advised the scandal-stricken governor to respond to the allegations — at one point saying the claims were an example of “cancel culture.” The revelation led to calls for the anchor to be fired from CNN and earned him and the network a rebuke from the Poynter Institute, a prominent journalism think tank, as well as colleague Jake Tapper.
Commentator Drew Holden responded to Cuomo’s challenge with a list of other missteps by the anchor, including giving interview slots to Florida coronavirus conspiracy theorist Rebekah Jones and disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti.
By Thursday evening, Cuomo’s initial challenge had been retweeting 347 times and drawn more than 1,900 responses — a heavy ratio against the CNN anchor.