CNN commentator Chris Cuomo, better known as “Fredo” to his detractors, was exposed when Tucker Carlson played more audio of his conversations with Michael Cohen. This time, “Fredo” teaches Michael Cohen how to dodge questions in preparation for a CNN interview concerning “hush money” payments.
Last night, Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson continued going in on Chris Cuomo, exposing new audio in a second part of a series of segments of conversations “Fredo” had with Michael Cohen.
We’ll let Tucker set the scene for you:
Fox News further highlighted Cuomo’s zealous advice:
“You will be asked that and you can say, ‘I did it for [Donald Trump]. My relationship has always been for him. I’ve always said I don’t speak for the campaign. I speak for him as his attorney,'” Cuomo told Cohen. “And to the question of motive … the response would have to be, ‘You can speculate as to why you think I did it all day long, but the only answer is my answer and I just told you why I did it. You don’t get to speculate because if you can’t prove that I got paid back by Trump or the campaign, it is slander and defamation for you to say that I did.'”
As you can see, the host of “Cuomo Prime Time” appears all too eager to go above and beyond the call of duty in giving the former Trump attorney advice about what he should say in an appearance on his own network.
These tapes are a treasure trove. First, let’s address the inside look it gives us into the inner workings at CNN. Notice how the conversation jumps off about optics. Cohen mentions that Cuomo’s CNN colleague, Erin Burnett, is lobbying for the interview by claiming that it will look good for Cohen because she is a woman. Add that to Cuomo’s recommendations on tactics, and you have definitive proof that CNN is a propaganda network, not a news network.
We miss you, Bernard Shaw.
As for “Fredo”, the past Buffoon of the Week Winner offers interview preparation on steroids. The lengths – and depths – he’d recommend Cohen go to avoid answering questions. Clearly, Cuomo doesn’t view news interviews as searches for answers. To “Fredo”, interviews are combat, with a winner and a loser. This reflects the media consumer’s appetite for politi-tainment shows that dominate prime time viewing. Cuomo knows that his show is all about who “owns” whom, and not about informing his audience.
Instead of rising above and acting like a journalist, Cuomo is one of the grimiest of the grimy in this era of digital muckraking.