CNN’s Jake Tapper slaps colleague Chris Cuomo for advising brother Andrew on sex scandal

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‘He put us in a bad place’: CNN’s Jake Tapper slaps colleague Chris Cuomo for officially advising brother Andrew on his sex scandal

  • CNN’s Chris Cuomo admitted last week that he took part in calls to advise his brother Andrew Cuomo on how to respond to sexual harassment allegations
  • CNN boss Jeff Zucker said Chris had ‘crossed a line’ and ordered him to offer an on-air apology
  • CNN employees allegedly outraged Chris’s behavior, which they claimed damaged their image of impartiality
  • An anonymous employee called Chris’ actions’ journalistic and morally immoral ‘
  • Now CNN’s protagonist Jake Tapper has also joined the stack, saying, ‘I can’t imagine a world where anyone in journalism thinks that was appropriate’

CNN’s Jake Tapper has convicted colleague Chris Cuomo for participating in strategy talks in which he advised his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, on how to respond to allegations of sexual harassment.

Tapper – widely regarded as CNN’s biggest star – said the New York Times that Chris’s behavior has put network workers ‘in a bad place’.

“I can’t imagine a world where anyone in journalism thinks that was appropriate,” the 52-year-old anchor stated in an interview on Friday.

Chris, in his apology he delivered on the air, said he put us in a bad place. I agree with that too. ‘

Tapper continued: ‘I work very hard to be honest and ethical and not to cross boundaries. And I certainly understand the love Chris has for his brother … but that was not a nice day. ‘

In recent months, multiple women have come forward accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. An independent investigation into the allegations is underway, but more than 120 New York state lawmakers have called for his resignation.

Last week, Chris admitted on his primetime CNN show that he was “ looped through ” about how his high-profile brother was dealing with the allegations. Some of Chris’s executives were also on the phone at the time.

“I understand why that was a problem for CNN,” Chris groaned. ‘It will not happen again.’

CNN's Jake Tapper has convicted colleague Chris Cuomo for participating in strategy talks in which he advised his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo on how to respond to sexual harassment allegations

CNN’s Jake Tapper has convicted colleague Chris Cuomo for participating in strategy talks in which he advised his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo on how to respond to sexual harassment allegations

Last week, Chris Cuomo (right) admitted on his primetime CNN show that he was 'looped through' on how his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, should deal with allegations of sexual harassment.  In 2018, the brothers are pictured together

Last week, Chris Cuomo (right) admitted on his primetime CNN show that he was ‘looped through’ on how his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, should deal with allegations of sexual harassment. In 2018, the brothers are pictured together

However, many CNN employees would be outraged that Chris damaged their image of impartiality.

“I am very disappointed with the network,” a woman who works on CNN’s broadcast told The Daily Beast. “I think this situation required at least some disciplinary action.”

“As a woman who works here, I honestly feel a little disappointed,” she said.

“Chris Cuomo’s concern for his brother is admirable, but discrediting the multiple women who accuse Andrew Cuomo of sexual impropriety is both journalistic and morally immoral,” another regular on the airing told the outlet.

Andrew made numerous appearances on his Chris' show last year, for light-hearted interviews with fraternal chatter

Andrew made numerous appearances on his Chris’ show last year, for light-hearted interviews with fraternal chatter

Chris Cuomo has never covered the sexual harassment allegations against his brother on his program, despite the New York government appearing on the show regularly for light-hearted segments last year.

During those gigs, Chris Andrew praised his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York before the pair would hang out together.

An anonymous CNN executive told Fox News that: ‘Chris must have the height of hypocrisy [his brother] on there for the good news, but didn’t have him to discuss the bad news.

“It’s laughable for him to be so judgmental of other people for their wrongdoing and he’s sitting there making excuses and making excuses for someone with allegations of sexual misconduct.”

Last week, CNN President Jeff Zucker said he spoke with Chris in person to express his displeasure, and ordered him to apologize.

Zucker reportedly told colleagues that Chris “ crossed a line, ” but ultimately decided not to discipline him.

Last week, CNN President Jeff Zucker said he had spoken to Chris in person to express his displeasure, ordering him to apologize on-air.

Last week, CNN President Jeff Zucker said he had spoken to Chris in person to express his displeasure, ordering him to apologize on-air.

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