New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t just have his brother Chris at CNN, he also has ties to one of its top executives — sparking accusations that it’s why the network has turned a blind eye to its star host’s involvement in his sibling’s sexual harassment scandal.
Allison Gollust was Cuomo’s communications director before becoming executive vice president at CNN — where she was even recently tapped to replace Jeff Zucker as Worldwide President, Fox News has noted.
“CNN has a real ethical problem on its hands,” former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer told Fox News on Wednesday,
Fleischer was adamant that Chris Cuomo had escaped punishment for his role in advising his brother over his mushrooming scandal because of the influence of Gollust.
“She now runs the show, she’s the number two to Jeff Zucker at CNN,” the former aide to George W. Bush told Fox.
“One of the reasons why CNN has not taken any disciplinary action against journalist Chris Cuomo is because of the relationship she has with Governor Andrew Cuomo,” he insisted.
Chris Cuomo — who reportedly makes $6 million a year — was named in the damning investigation that proved his brother had harassed 11 women, but has not been punished despite conceding that his involvement was a “mistake” that likely embarrassed his bosses.
Instead, CNN had reportedly even offered its star host a “leave of absence” to help his brother — and has allowed him to remain on-air even though he makes no mention of the day’s biggest story each night on his hour-long “Cuomo Prime Time.”
“The fact that the upper management at CNN, starting with Jeff Zucker the president of CNN, has not disciplined Chris Cuomo, the anchor, for his taking a hand in guiding his governor brother through all this, the fact that a CNN anchor actively helped to cover up what the governor was doing and worked on message points for the governor to deliver — this is a real ethical problem, and CNN is taking no action,” Fleischer told Fox.
Fleischer called the governor a “terrible New York politician” and “one of the most hypocritical governors anybody has ever seen.”
“He doesn’t think that the rules that apply to others should apply to himself,” he said, calling him an “imperial governor.”
Gollust did not immediately respond to Fox’s request for comment, the outlet said.