Sorry, Chris Cuomo: You’d Be An Ethics Hero If It Wasn’t For Your Blatant Conflict Of Interest

CNN’s  co-host on “New Day,” Chris Cuomo,  is about as pro-active a news anchor as one can imagine, often hijacking interviews and advocating his own positions as his guests listen. All of CNN’s morning hosts do this; though Cuomo wears his progressive pedigree on his sleeve, he is less annoying in the practice than colleagues like Carol Costello, in part because he is smarter, fairer, and less predictable. Sometimes he bucks the liberal line, and an Ethics Hero-worthy example occurred this week, when he repeatedly mocked the media’s ongoing coronation of Hillary Clinton, and the Malaysian airliner-level coverage she has been getting on CNN, and elsewhere.   CNN, after a segment on Hillary Clinton’s interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer as part of the former Secretary of State’s book promotion, Cuomo made such comments as these:

  • “Coming up on New Day, the Hillary Clinton book tour: Is it really the kickoff to her presidential campaign? Because, otherwise, why are we talking about it so much?”
  • “It’s a problem because what she’s doing is what they call in politics “freezing pockets” because the donors are giving her money thinking she’s going to run. That means they’re not going to have available money for other candidates…if she doesn’t. And I don’t think she’s going to give it to them.
  • “We couldn’t help her any more than we have, you know. I mean, she’s got just a free ride so far from the media. We’re the biggest ones promoting her campaign, so it better happen.”
  • “Coming up on New Day, the endless reading of the Hillary tea leaves continues. She’s now speaking out about her decision on whether to decide, and we’re covering this as if she has decided.”

Bravo! Except that there’s one little problem that throws the legitimacy of Cuomo’s refreshingly candid (and accurate) exposition of the news media’s functioning as part of the Clinton campaign PR apparatus.

His brother is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, credibly rumored to have his own 2016 presidential ambitions. Is little brother Chris trying to slow the Hillary campaign express so she doesn’t get too far ahead of the field? Maybe. Maybe not. Such are the problems of assessing motive and objectivity when a network anchor has a conflict of interest, as Chris Cuomo does regarding anything involving his brother’s political career.

I’m grateful for a dissenting voice among all the Hillary worship; I just wish it had come from someone whose motives I could trust.

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Pointer: Newsbusters

8 thoughts on “Sorry, Chris Cuomo: You’d Be An Ethics Hero If It Wasn’t For Your Blatant Conflict Of Interest

  1. I pretty much agree, but with some skepticism. Last time out, Sean Hannitty started a “Stop Hillary” Express. Sadly, it worked, and look what we got instead.

    • Taking the unknown over the known Awfulness is a valid strategy, not without risks. In my direst nightmares, I could not have predicted how this administration turned out. Hindsight bias. Stopping HC was still the wise course; it just didn’t work.

      • Possibly, with a tip-of-the-hat to unintended consequences. Still, would rather she had been stopped after winning the nomination than allowing this abortion to win it.

      • One of my Lieutenant buddies (an avid Democrat for the most annoying reasons, as he was often right wing on most issues) was a die hard Obama fan. We discussed the candidates prior to 2008. I told him, if it must be a Democrat, Hillary would be awful for the country…devastatingly awful. Of the Democrats, I endorsed Obama with the following clarification: his inexperience and general lack of knowledge of things governmental will compel him to pick strong advisors and lean heavily on their counsel. That way if we get the Democrat, at least it won’t be awful.

        Obama undermined and outflanked my analysis by nominating people more incompetent and hopeless than he.

  2. As much as I would like a female president, it’s not in my top five criteria and I’m willing to wait. Maybe his speaking out will encourage others out of the handbasket too.

  3. While it is refreshing to see Cuomo’s comments, this comment is the most telling of the ones you quoted above:

    “We couldn’t help her any more than we have, you know. I mean, she’s got just a free ride so far from the media. We’re the biggest ones promoting her campaign, so it better happen.”

    Didn’t he just confirm that the mainstream media are Democrat party operatives? What am I missing in this statement?

    jvb

    • That’s a fair reading. Or he could be saying: “she better run, because she’s screwed the party otherwise, and America is always the loser if two strong, qualified, well-funded candidates aren’t on the ballot.”

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