The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James, D., released transcripts and exhibits from her investigation into now-former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, which include the CNN host’s sworn testimony to investigators, where he admitted to using his media industry connections to dig up information on his brother’s accusers and reporters trying to cover the scandal.
Newly released evidence also included damning text messages in which Cuomo offered advice to the staff of his beleaguered big brother. The shocking batch of evidence indicates Cuomo crossed boundaries of journalism ethics but also misled CNN viewers when he claimed he didn’t contact reporters on the ex-governor’s behalf.
CNN’s lineup features multiple female anchors and reporters, but none have joined a laundry list of media industry figures to publicly call for the network to part ways with Cuomo.
Fox News Digital reached out to several prominent female CNN hosts and anchors but none were willing to comment on the record roughly 24 hours after the bombshell documents were released. Calls to fire Cuomo are growing, even among liberal media outlets, for his seeming ethical breaches and misleading remarks about the extent of his involvement in his brother’s political operation.
CNN’s primetime lineup is the only exclusively male one of the three major cable networks, consisting of Anderson Cooper, Cuomo, and Don Lemon. The liberal network also lost two high-profile female anchors who champion women empowerment this year, when Poppy Harlow stepped away to pursue a Master’s degree in law and Brooke Baldwin walked away from the network.
CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham did note on Twitter after linking to a Variety piece on Cuomo’s latest woes, “How many stories like this are we up to now?”
Earlier this year, Cuomo was accused by former ABC News producer Shelley Ross of squeezing her backside in a 2005 incident at a party and telling her with “cocky arrogance” that he could do that because she was no longer his boss. Ross didn’t call for Cuomo’s firing, but she did request he use the platform of his show, the most-watched on CNN, to “study the impact of sexism, harassment and gender bias in the workplace, including his own, and then report on it.”
CNN’s female voices didn’t publicly comment about Ross’ claims, either.
At the time, Fox News contributor Joe Concha said there was “nothing but downside” for the network’s female hosts to address their “untouchable” colleague.
“Can’t blame female hosts of CNN not speaking out,” he told Fox News Digital. “The few women put on the air at CNN … aren’t going to say a peep, because there’s nothing but downside.”
While CNN’s female staffer have stayed silent, UltraViolet, a leading national gender-justice organization, called for CNN to immediately fire Cuomo.