Social media customers wasted no time in mocking Chris Cuomo after CNN fired the star anchor for making an attempt to assist his older brother Andrew Cuomo struggle off a sexual harassment scandal earlier this yr.
Chris Cuomo has typically been labeled with the nickname Fredo, the weak older brother of Michael Corleone within the basic Godfather films.
One on-line jokester, going by the Twitter deal with @seth_3333, posted a gif of an iconic scene from The Godfather II the place the Al Pacino-played gangster provides his brother Fredo the ‘kiss of loss of life’ after studying of the latter’s treachery towards the Corleone crime household, and was accompanied by the caption ‘You broke my coronary heart.’
CNN introduced the firing of its highest rated present, Cuomo PrimeTime, after suspending him on Tuesday.
‘Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending additional analysis of latest info that got here to gentle about his involvement together with his brother’s protection,’ the community’s assertion started.
The announcement went on to disclose that CNN had enlisted an out of doors regulation agency to look into how precisely Cuomo aided his brother, then the governor of New York, earlier than sexual assault allegations from a dozen ladies spurred the politician to resign in August to keep away from a possible impeachment trial.
One on-line jokester, going by the Twitter deal with @seth_3333, channeled fictional mafioso Michael Corleone in a publish poking enjoyable on the scandal embroiling the embattled anchor
Embattled anchor Chris Cuomo has been ‘terminated’ by CNN ‘efficient instantly,’ the community introduced in a press release Saturday – prompting a firestorm on social media
CNN host Chris Cuomo (proper) has admitted that he helped strategize brother Andrew Cuomo’s (left) response to a sexual harassment scandal that pressured the then governor of New York to resign earlier this yr
According to the community, the agency discovered ‘further info’ by their investigation that incriminated the newscaster, 51, spurring execs to ‘terminate him, efficient instantly.’
A slew of journalists additionally chimed in following CNN’s announcement, together with Huffington Post Senior Front Page Editor Philip Lewis, who speculated how damning the ‘further info’ discovered within the outdoors regulation agency’s probe have to be.
‘That “additional information” have to be wild,’ the journalist wrote lower than an hour after the anchor’s axing was introduced.
Minutes prior, one other news-minded commentator, Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple, gawked on the magnitude of the announcement whereas questioning why CNN elected to attend till the weekend to make such a declaration, after suspending Cuomo earlier within the week.
‘This is a surprising factor for @CNN to announce at 5:09 pm on a Saturday afternoon,’ Wemple wrote.
Minutes after CNN’s assertion, one other Post staffer, reporter Jose A. Del Real, equally took to Twitter to lampoon the newscaster, who’s accused of utilizing his place and media connections to assist put together his brother and his political crew because the then-governor’s accusers began to make their tales public.
‘Actually,’ Del Real wrote within the wake of the announcement, ‘CNN ought to hearth whomever allowed Chris Cuomo to interview his governor brother reside on air in broad daylight.’
‘That’s the place his battle of curiosity turned materials,’ the journalist joked.
In an announcement launched Saturday afternoon, the community revealed that extra info had come to gentle throughout its inner investigation into the anchor – which remains to be ongoing
Rolling Stone Editor-in-Chief Noah Shachtman, in the meantime, praised the community and the New York Attorney General’s workplace in a extra critical publish
‘It’s nice that CNN lastly did the fitting factor,’ Shachtman wrote lower than a half hour after the preliminary announcement.
He then added: ‘It should not have taken an investigation by the Attorney General of New York to pressure the community to take action.’
Minutes later, lower than an hour after CNN’s preliminary tweet, Intercept investigative reporter Ken Klippenstein joked that the dumped newscaster ought to edit his bio – which nonetheless lists him because the anchor of Cuomo Prime Time.
‘Might need to replace your bio,’ Klippenstein chided.
Members of the media weren’t the one web customers to commend CNN’s determination.
‘Better late than by no means,’ Republican New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik wrote minutes after CNN’s Saturday afternoon bombshell.
‘This is the right determination.’
Meanwhile, one other Republican, former Iowa congressman Steve King, who served the Hawkeye State for practically 20 years earlier than dropping his reelection bid this yr, quoted the Bible in a publish chastising Cuomo for allegedly utilizing his high-powered place at CNN to dig up grime on his brother’s alleged victims to cease them from talking up.
‘Pride goeth earlier than destruction, and a haughty spirit earlier than a fall.’
But others weren’t so fast to forged apart the scandal-plagued anchor.
Former Fox fixture Bill O’Reilly, for instance, questioned why Cuomo was getting fired, when the community have been those in the end accountable for the practices of their staff.
‘Chris Cuomo fired by CNN,’ the previous O’Reilly Factor host tweeted after CNN’s announcement.
‘But is not that group accountable for what occurred?’
Moreover, others questioned why the community didn’t reveal what findings uncovered throughout the Attorney General workplace’s investigation spurred them to axe the anchor.
‘What further info?’ alt-right media persona and political commentator Mike Cernovich wrote minutes after CNN’s assertion.
‘You’re supposedly a media outlet. Break the story. Tell the reality,’ Cernovich sniped.
Washington DC journalist Judd Legum, in the meantime, shared an analogous sentiment.
‘CNN says it’s now firing Cuomo as a result of “further info has come to gentle,”‘ Legum wrote.
He then declared: ‘What further info? CNN doesn’t say. Seems like now’s the time for transparency.
Others questioned why Cuomo was getting the axe when authorized analyst Jeffrey Toobin – who got here below hearth final yr for exposing himself and masturbating whereas on a piece Zoom name – remains to be employed by the community.
‘Yet the dude cranking his junk on a zoom name remains to be employed there,’ one consumer wrote within the wake of CNN’s announcement.
‘But you retained Jeffery Toobin who jacked off throughout a zoom assembly,’ one other proclaimed Helped a household member-fired, jacked off throughout a zoom meeting-no downside.
According to the community, the New York Attorney General’s workplace’s investigation into the extent of Cuomo’s position his brother’s sordid sex scandal remains to be ongoing.
After CNN’s announcement, the veteran TV journalist additionally took to social media to say his piece concerning his public axing.
‘This shouldn’t be how I need my time at CNN to finish,’ Cuomo wrote.
He then asserted: ‘But I’ve already instructed you why and the way I helped my brother.’
Cuomo, 51, issued acknowledging his axing Saturday in a public assertion expressing remorse in his a part of the scandal – however asserted that he was solely helping his brother, who was pressured to resign in August because of the allegations