‘View’ guest host Jane Coastan ripped into embattled CNN anchor Chris Cuomo over recent reports that he attempted to use his media connections to gather information on women who had accused his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.
As The Daily Wire reports:
Coaston, an ABC contributor and host/editor of “The Argument” podcast at The New York Times, joined regular co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, and Joy Behar — and she seemed to be the only one who believed that Chris Cuomo might have committed an egregious ethical offense when he allegedly kept tabs on upcoming stories about the accusations against his brother.
“I think he’s in a lot of trouble. If you were reporting about this on someone else, you would be saying that person should be fired,” Coaston said.
“I’m not going to be judge and jury of the guy,” Behar replied, saying that she understood Cuomo’s desire to help his brother but wondered if it didn’t just look bad. “I get it anyway, but you don’t use your position in the media to help him. I mean, he – he said, I have a lead on the wedding girl. He called Andrew’s aide, and I think that that is, like, let’s find out some dirt on your accuser? That’s right out of, you know, some kind of defense attorney … I don’t think that’s kosher, frankly. Whether he should be fired for it, you know, that’s for Jeff Zucker to figure out, not me. There’s a lot in this story that doesn’t feel right even though I do appreciate the Cuomo family very much.”
“This is a massive ethical breach,” Coaston said when they turned to her, saying that it was one of the basics of working at a news agency. “Like, if you found out that an intern did this, they would be gone a second after these text messages came out, and I think that this is an abuse of power. What – this took place – the only reason Chris Cuomo was able to do any of this, he was able to get sources on some of the accusers, think about what that would – you see in these text messages how it’s not just Chris Cuomo, to be clear, and I think it’s really worth taking a look at what Letitia James released. You’re seeing people talking about these accusers like they’re just nuisances. One person says, can we just fire all the women from the governor’s mansion? Just the ways in which power took precedence over doing what’s right –”
After reports of the new allegations emerged, CNN released a statement claiming that it would review the materials before it makes any final decision on Cuomo’s future.