Meghan McCain, co-host of The View, called Chris Cuomo an example of “the worst kind of nepotism” on Wednesday after the CNN host failed to cover the sexual harassment scandal engulfing his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The daughter of the late Arizona Senator John McCain alluded to a nepotism debate she had on “The View” last week when she commented on the damning official report on the allegations against the governor on Wednesday morning’s show.
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“Do you want to talk about favoritism?” McCain said, “not having to talk about the biggest scandal in the country when it has to do with your brother and your host CNN, that’s favoritism.”
“The Cuomo family and CNN are the worst kind of nepotism the media has an example of,” she scolded.
McCain taunted Chris Cuomo and network as “cowards,” saying that if her brother was governor and accused of sexual harassment, “You’re damn honest, I’d be talking about it this morning on ‘The View’.”
Her comments came after the host of “Cuomo Prime Time” ignored his older brother’s growing scandal on his show Tuesday night, focusing instead on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Don Lemon, who hosts the program that airs right after Chris Cuomo’s show, immediately reported growing calls for Andrew Cuomo’s resignation. after an awkward transfer.
McCain, who will be leaving “The View” by the end of the week, also called on the governor to resign or be forced out of office — saying Chris should also face “retaliation” for the apparent double standard in how he covers his sibling.
She pointed out that Andrew made regular appearances on his brother’s show at 9 p.m. at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, engage in often grumpy chatter that initially helped boost ratings for the cable show. The two joked during the segments, including about the governor’s relationship status.
“So if he’s okay, it’s okay to broadcast it,” she said, “is that journalism?”
“It’s all disgusting,” McCain said.
Last week, during a clip about cronyism in Hollywood on the ABC show, McCain had whined that, “Every door I’ve ever walked in my entire life, people automatically assume you’re going to be a lazy, spoiled brat that won’t contribute anything. because you have famous parents.”
“I don’t care anymore. I think my job and my work ethic speak for themselves,” she had said.
Some viewers on Wednesday saw McCain’s comments about the Cuomos as hypocritical — noting that she is the child of a prominent politician who landed a lucrative TV appearance, as did Chris, whose late father was former New York Governor Mario. Cuomo, wash.
“@MeghanMcCain last week of #TheView talks about the evils of favoritism. Is this an unconscious self-own ??,” a person wrote on Twitter.
“Meghan McCain projected with that comment about favoritism,” another user wrote. “You know we look to YOU as the banner of favoritism. Quiet!”
The damning report, released by Attorney General Letitia James’s office, called Chris as one of several outside advisers who received confidential and privileged information from the Executive Chamber when the governor attempted to respond to a slew of sexual harassment allegations earlier this year.
Independent investigators found that Chris sent an email to the other advisers with a proposed statement that he appeared to have drafted or edited on behalf of his brother in response to allegations of sexual harassment from ex-assistant Charlotte Bennett.
In May, it was revealed that Chris had advised the governor on how to deal with the allegations, leaving both Cuomo brothers in hot water and prompting CNN to apologize.
The TV journalist also admitted that advising his brother was a mistake and apologized because he put his colleagues “in a bad place”.
He’s told viewers before that he “clearly” would not cover the sexual harassment allegations against his brother for being a conflict of interest — one that some say didn’t seem to exist when things were going well for the governor.
CNN in February a ban restored about Chris covering up his sibling after a… exclusive message report found that his administration was covering up thousands of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.
The network did not immediately return a request for comment on Wednesday.