CNN HOST Chris Cuomo has come under fire after he avoided discussing sexual harrassment claims against his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a apparent media blackout.
Five of America's major broadcasting networks – ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC – have swerved mentioning the allegations made by the Governor's former special adviser Lindsey Boylan during their evening news broadcasts.
Boylan published an essay on Medium citing Cuomo's "inappropriate behavior towards women", claimed that he confessed he had a "crush" on her, forcibly kissed her, and suggested they should "play strip poker".
Cuomo is also facing calls for his impeachment and resignation after he was told he had "blood on his hands" after instating the controversial order allowing nursing homes to accept covid-positive patients.
The FBI and Brooklyn's US Attorney's Office are reportedly investigating him after Cuomo was accused of covering up the number of deaths in assisted living facilities, as the death toll reached over half a million in the US.
ABC's World News Tonight, CBS' Evening News, and NBC's Nightly News have not mentioned Cuomo or any of the allegations made against him, according to Fox News.
The broadcaster, evaluating Grabien transcripts, found that CNN and MSNBC followed suit and ignored the allegations, that the Governor's office have dismissed as "simply false".
During his Wednesday night segment, Chris Cuomo used his slot to question why the Democrats cannot secure a deal on the pandemic relief package, as well as discussing the Capitol riot and last week's Boeing 777 incident.
The accused's brother refrained from mentioning either of his sibling's scandals, instead taking the opportunity to insult former President Donald Trump.
CNN originally barred Chris Cuomo from covering his content on his brother, but network bigwigs scrapped the plan so he could continue his relaxed interview approach.
It is not the first time the Governor's misconduct has been glossed over either – this marks the second occasion in just three months that dominant networks have remained mute.
According to NewsBusters, ex-aide Boylan initially exposed Cuomo's sexual harrassment on Twitter in December, but remained vague and said she had "no interest in speaking to journalists".
She tweeted, "Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched," and that "I *know*(sic) I am not the only woman".
Cuomo responded: "Look, I fought for and I believe a woman has the right to come forward and express her opinion and express issues and concerns that she has. But it's just not true."
When asked about Lindsey Boylan's allegations, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, called for an independent investigation.
"These allegations are really disturbing… This kind of behavior, if it's true, is just unacceptable. We've got to get the truth about this," he said.
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