“I have a lead on the wedding girl.”
Chris Cuomo of CNN apparently used resources available to him as a member of the media to snoop for information on women who accused his brother, then governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo.
As awful as that sounds, Chris probably won’t suffer any consequences. After all, Jeffrey Toobin still has his job.
Brian Schwartz reports at CNBC:
CNN host Chris Cuomo used his media sources to find out info on brother Andrew’s accusers, records show
CNN host Chris Cuomo used his sources in the media world to seek information on women who accused his brother Andrew Cuomo, then the governor of New York, of sexual harassment, according to documents released Monday by the New York Attorney General’s Office.
While Chris Cuomo has previously acknowledged advising his brother and his team on the response to the scandals, the records show that his role in helping the then-governor was much larger and more intimate than previously known.
Chris Cuomo was actively in touch with Melissa DeRosa, who was the then-governor’s top aide, about incoming media reports that detailed alleged sexual harassment by Andrew Cuomo, according to exhibits from the Attorney General’s probe and a transcript of his interview with the state’s investigators. He also lobbied to help the governor’s office as it sought to weather the storm of accusations, and he dictated statements for the then-governor to use.
“Please let me help with the prep,” Chris Cuomo said to DeRosa in one message in early March. Then, three days after the New York Times reported in March about how Andrew Cuomo attempted to kiss a woman, Anna Ruch, in an unwanted advance at a wedding, Chris Cuomo texted DeRosa: “I have a lead on the wedding girl.”
Cuomo’s snooping led him to the reporting of Ronan Farrow, who wrote extensively at the height of #MeToo.
Brian Flood reports at FOX News:
CNN’s Chris Cuomo snooped on Ronan Farrow’s reporting on his brother, relayed ‘intel’ to Andrew Cuomo aide
CNN’s Chris Cuomo snooped into the progress of Ronan Farrow’s reporting about his brother Andrew Cuomo and relayed it to the governor’s inner circle, according to a newly released transcript of his testimony to New York state investigators in July.
Farrow, who famously won the Pulitzer Prize and helped launch the #MeToo movement with his reporting on disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, also took a deep dive into alleged sexual wrongdoing by former Gov. Cuomo, the CNN anchor’solder brother.
Chris Cuomo admitted to contacting colleagues of Farrow for updates but claimed it was simply “business-as-usual” to employ such methods. Text messages released by state investigators showed top Andrew Cuuomo aide Melissa DeRosa asking about “intel the CNN anchor had about Farrow’s report on March 15, to which he replied it wasn’t ready for publication. Farrrow’s story was eventually published on March 18.
Cuomo’s admission contradicts what he told CNN viewers in August when he claimed, “I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter, who covers the media, posted this meaningless statement on Twitter:
A CNN rep says "we will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity" about the Chris Cuomo revelations pic.twitter.com/xkeFghL0lR
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 29, 2021
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