Cuomo rewarded while Santorum axed at selectively outraged CNN

CNN anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoBudowsky: How Biden can defeat COVID-19 for good Matt Schlapp spars with Chris Cuomo: 'I'm not welcome at CNN' US just finished dead last among 46 countries in media trust — here's why MORE is probably sitting comfortably in a Manhattan high rise or in the Hamptons as you read this knowing that he is untouchable at his network despite multiple ethical breaches that would have sent almost anyone else at CNN packing up their desk. 

Now-former CNN pundit and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum is likely sitting not-so-comfortably after being let go by the same network because his comments – made off the air at a speaking engagement – about Native Americans were deemed racist. 

“We birthed a nation from nothing,” he said. “Yes, there were Native Americans, but there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”

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“People say I’m trying to dismiss what happened to the Native Americans,” Santorum explained to Cuomo on his program recently. “Far from it. The way we treated Native Americans was horrific. It goes against every bone and everything I’ve ever fought for as a leader in the Congress.”

An opinion from a person paid to give his opinion which, in this case, he says was misconstrued. You can agree or disagree with it. But does it warrant termination? 

The answer to that question would be easy if CNN reprimanded or fired its primetime anchor in Cuomo for committing the following over the past year. 

1) March 2020: Received COVID-19 testing at a time when very few New Yorkers could get tested at the onset of a deadly pandemic that has killed more than 52,000 in the state alone

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Thanks to his brother, Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoAs Biden's America becomes less safe, the violence and crime could cost Democrats New York gun rights case before Supreme Court with massive consequences  New York bans underage marriages, raises age of consent to 18 MORE (D-N.Y.), Chris and other family members had "special access to state-administered coronavirus tests, dispatching a top state doctor and other state health officials to their homes, according to three people with direct knowledge of the effort," according to a Washington Post report. Neither Chris nor Andrew has apologized, nor has the network made any statement of condemnation. In case you're wondering, the "C" in CNN apparently stands for "Cuomo."

2) March/April/May/June 2020: Chris Cuomo tests positive for COVID but continues to do his show from his Hamptons basement while in "quarantine." Ratings rise as the anchor describes on a nightly basis what the experience is like, including fever, chills and hallucinations of his late father, Mario Cuomo. During this time and after, Chris interviews his governor brother in what could more accurately be described as the best PR any politician could receive as a mostly-fawning media eats it up. The governor's approval rating skyrockets as the conversations go viral, leading to speculation that Andrew could replace Joe Biden at the top of the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket. 

 

But was Chris really in quarantine this entire time? Rhetorical question given the police report filed against him by a 60-something year-old man who spotted him without a mask outside of a home under construction in the Hamptons. Cuomo was still shedding the virus at the time per his own CNN segments sharing his conditions. But he apparently decided it was a good idea to drive 30 minutes with his family to another home before getting into a verbal confrontation. Cuomo later inexplicably shared what happened on his radio show the following day. 


“I don’t want some jackass, loser, fat-tire biker being able to pull over and get in my space and talk bullshit to me, I don’t want to hear it,” Cuomo said on Sirius XM in seemingly not understanding how he was implicating himself.  

Cuomo would later "emerge" from quarantine in what was easily the most cringeworthy cable news moment of 2020, telling viewers he had "dreamed of this moment" despite already breaking said quarantine via the biker confrontation. 

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And during all of this time, the anchor could not be bothered to ask his brother about a scandal that resulted in the deaths of nearly 15,000 nursing home residents in the state, a scandal that has spawned federal and state investigations. 

September 2020: The anchor not only provides questions in advance to former Trump attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenMichael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip Why the Trump Organization indictment may be far less consequential than the media think Michael Cohen: Weisselberg indictment 'the tip of the iceberg' MORE, but also advises him on how to answer them. It's all on audio obtained by Tucker Carlson Tonight.

 

March 2021: Once things went south for Andrew Cuomo due to not only the nursing home scandal but multiple allegations of sexual harassment by staffers as much as 35 years younger than the 63-year-old governor, Chris Cuomo announced on his program that – only now – he "obviously" couldn't cover his brother's scandals. 



But principles aren't principles if only applied when convenient.

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May 2021: A Washington Post report finds the anchor advised his brother on how to handle the sexual harassment allegations against him, sparking backlash from the right and left. 



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CNN put out a statement indicating that Cuomo would not be disciplined. Not even a slap on the wrist, a one-week suspension. Nothing. 

Add it all up, and Rick Santorum is out at the network. Meanwhile, Chris Cuomo will still rake in millions for the foreseeable future and was just awarded a podcast this month with fellow anchor Don LemonDon Carlton LemonBiden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work The absolute farce that was the Biden-Lemon town hall Biden: Republicans who say Democrats want to defund the police are lying MORE

See how it works? 

Joe Concha is a media and politics columnist for The Hill and a Fox News contributor.