anchor Jake Tapper
has commented on the controversy surrounding Chris Cuomo
's advisory meetings with his brother, New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
“I cannot imagine a world in which anyone in journalism
thinks that was appropriate,” Tapper said in an interview
published Thursday by The New York Times. “And he said, Chris, in his apology
that he delivered on air, said that he put us in a bad spot, and I would also agree with that.”
He went on to say that he works hard to be fair and not cross ethical lines, but he understands "Chris's love for his brother."
“I have a brother, and I understand, but that was not a fun day,” he explained.
Cuomo apologized on “Cuomo Prime Time” last week after The Washington Post
reported that he had met with his brother and his team earlier this year to strategize on the governor
’s response to sexual harassment
allegations. Nine women
have accused the governor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, including three who claim he kissed them without their consent
The report raised concerns about CNN's ability to cover the scandal objectively, and the network stated at the time that Cuomo's participation in those conversations with the governor's staff was inappropriate; however, Cuomo would not face disciplinary action.
Cuomo apologized to his coworkers, saying he had been barred from covering his brother's crisis and had never attempted to influence CNN's coverage.
“It will not happen again,” Cuomo said on air. “It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business
, in a bad spot; I never intended for that, and I would never intend for that, and I apologize.”