CNN’s silence on allegations against Chris Cuomo’s is unacceptable


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Jason Galak

Shelley Ross, a former executive producer at ABC and CBS, came out with a guest essay on The New York Times saying that Chris Cuomo, current host of “Cuomo Prime Time” on CNN, sexually abused her in 2005.

“I was at the party with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Diet Coke as I spoke with work friends,” Ross wrote.

“When Mr. Cuomo entered the Upper West Side bar, he walked toward me and greeted me with a strong bear hug while lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock,” she continued.

An hour after the incident occurred, Cuomo sent an email to Ross about being “ashamed” of what he did and apologized for his actions. But perhaps the apology was sent to provide a sort of “legal and moral coverage to evade accountability,” Ross wrote.

With that said, Cuomo performed an act of sexual assault. But CNN is nowhere to be found or heard, as usual.

This isn’t just some type of allegation that cannot be proven. This is an allegation coming from a credible source with credible evidence.

As the sexual allegations came out against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo took a vacation that he claimed was previously scheduled. It was a convenient time for him to take a week-long vacation, allowing himself to almost fully avoid discussing his brother’s sexual allegations on air.

Additionally, New York Attorney General Letitia James’ 164-page report investigating the allegations against Andrew Cuomo had Cuomo’s name stated four times as one of several outside advisors who were “regularly provided with confidential and often privileged information” that affected the government despite having no “formal role, or obligation to the State,” AP News reported.

A week after Andrew Cuomo’s announcement to step down, Cuomo addressed the situation on CNN.

“My advice to my brother was simple and consistent: own what you did, tell people what you will do to be better, be contrite, and finally accept that it doesn’t matter what you intended. What matters is how your actions and words were perceived,” he said.

Now, allegations about Cuomo have been released and CNN continues to completely disregard the news and stay silent, just like it always does if it concerns a party of interest.

The day Ross’ article was released, Cuomo hosted his show without even coming close to addressing the story. Instead, he devoted the hour to discuss reports on the Arizona election audit, the case of Gabrielle Petito and “The View.”

Unfortunately, CNN will do anything to refrain from damaging its star’s celebrity status and its ratings,which are already low.

What is even more unfortunate is the lack of accountability from Cuomo.

“As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it,” Cuomo told The New York Times.

Recently, Ross slammed the whole CNN network for not covering her sexual harassment allegation against Cuomo, stating that Brian Stelter, CNN’s chief media correspondent and host of “Reliable Sources,” has not covered the story despite his beat being media.

Cuomo was outright caught and unfortunately, it doesn’t look like “The Continuing Education of Chris Cuomo” will be happening anytime soon with Cuomo and CNN’s refusal to report on this story in depth as if nothing had happened.

Ross must receive justice, and CNN must acknowledge this repulsive behavior of its star host.