CNN has suspended one of their most prominent anchors, Chris Cuomo, the brother of the disgraced former New York governor Andrew Cuomo. CNN actions swiftly came after the New York Attorney General’s Office published documents on Monday which revealed that the anchor had been using his position in media to help his brother navigate sexual harassment allegations.
The documents were part of Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against the former governor. Chris Cuomo publicly apologized on-air back in May when the Washington Post first revealed he had participated in strategy calls with his brother about the allegations.
Documents released Monday revealed Chris told investigators he contacted journalist Ronan Farrow to discuss a piece about his brother regarding allegations against him. He also texted with his brother’s former aide, Melissa DeRosa.
“I have a lead on the wedding girl” Chris texted DeRosa after one woman accused the governor of attempting to kiss her at a wedding, according to a New York Times report in March. As allegations against the governor continued to pile on, many criticized CNN and Chris for his absolute silence on the matter, except for a rare, quick acknowledgment.
After Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor, Chris said “I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward. I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation.”
We now know that was a lie. CNN released the following statement:
The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense. The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions. When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second. However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.
Internal docs show Amazon censored books on vaccinations due to pressure from Biden White House
Recently released internal Amazon emails reveal the company caved to pressure from the Biden White House to suppress available vaccine information.
Provided to the House Judiciary Committee, the emails light on the extent of the Biden White House’s influence over the retail giant regarding vaccine-related content. The emails disclose a concerning narrative of pressure from government officials to suppress information deemed unfavorable to their agenda.
Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio took to Twitter to disclose the findings, stating that the emails reveal direct pressure from the White House on Amazon to censor books expressing views contrary to those endorsed by the administration. One email, albeit redacted, explicitly poses the question of whether the administration requested the removal of certain books, to which the answer was affirmative.
National Review highlights the successful efforts of the Biden administration in persuading Amazon to limit the visibility of titles skeptical of vaccine efficacy. White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, Andrew Slavitt, expressed concerns about Amazon’s role in propagating what he termed as “misinformation” regarding vaccines. His emails illustrate a push for action to address what he perceived as a proliferation of dissenting views.
In response to Slavitt’s inquiries, Amazon initially hesitated to take overt action, fearing backlash from conservative media outlets. The company’s internal deliberations reflect a concern for public perception and the potential amplification of the issue if intervention were too conspicuous.
Despite initially refraining from manual intervention, Amazon eventually succumbed to pressure, engaging in discussions with White House officials. The company’s internal documents reveal deliberations on whether the administration sought outright book bans or alterations to search results. Amazon’s stance, as expressed in their meeting with the White House, emphasized the provision of diverse viewpoints and the distinction between online retail and social media platforms.
THE AMAZON FILES – “feeling pressure from the White House”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 5, 2024
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