The controversy swirling around CNN anchor Chris Cuomo reveals some profound differences between CNN and the right-wing propaganda machine led by Fox News. Cuomo was properly fired for ethical breaches related to his support for his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo. He acknowledged the wrongdoing and apologized for it prior to his termination.
Naturally, Fox News immediately began celebrating Cuomo’s dismissal as if it were a validation of their seething animosity toward CNN, which they routinely malign as a radical leftist organization. However, CNN’s rapid review and decision about Cuomo is actually a testament to the network’s commitment to journalistic integrity. When they concluded that Cuomo had violated their standards of professional journalism, they didn’t hesitate to send him packing.
That fidelity to principle is a badge of honor for CNN that Fox News can never claim. Currently Fox employs Sean Hannity who violated the very same standards for which Cuomo was fired. While Donald Trump and Hannity are not brothers, they are political family. And it would be utterly unethical for Hannity to work with Trump and to make appearances at his cult rallies. Which is precisely what Hannity did. He also appeared in a campaign ad for Trump. And, of course, he promotes Trump daily on his Fox News program.
For the record, Cuomo never participated in political events with his brother. He never used his program to defend him. HIs ethical lapses were all on his own time and unconnected to his role at CNN. That is in sharp contrast to how Hannity made his program a nightly forum for Trump. If Fox News were to exercise the same journalistic scruples, they would have fired Hannity long ago.
Likewise, Tucker Carlson should have lost his job at Fox News for similar moral deficiencies. His recent crockumentary, “Patriot Purge,” aided and abetted Trump’s “Big Lie” and defended the violent insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on Trump’s behalf. And if that weren’t bad enough, Carlson accused the FBI of orchestrating the riots. Carlson was so deep into Trumpism that he actually took Russia’s side against democracy and America.
So, should CNN have fired Cuomo? Absolutely! Was the firing evidence of moral lapses at the network? Absolutely not. Quite the opposite. Now if Fox News could manage to demonstrate the same level of integrity with regard to Hannity and Carlson, that would be be nice. But don’t hold your breath. You’ll end up in the ICU on a ventilator with the COVID sufferers that Fox News has deceived into believing blatant lies and disinformation about the deadly pandemic.
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