On December 4, 2021, CNN host Chris Cuomo was fired for aiding his brother, Andrew Cuomo, throughout his sexual harassment scandal. In a series of messages, Chris contacted multiple resources to find out more information about his brother’s scandal – something that was strongly discouraged.
According to AP News, Chris Cuomo stated that he did not reach out to the press about the scandal. Yet, admitted that he reached out to “private media figures” (including former aide Melissa DeRosa) for additional information. When asked about his role in the scandal, Cuomo insisted that his intentions were to be there for his brother and to not interfere with ongoing investigations.
“I’m not an adviser. I’m a brother. I wasn’t in control of anything. I was there to listen and offer my take.”Chris Cuomo about his role in brother’s scandal, CNN
While it was admirable of Chris Cuomo to want to protect his brother, it cost him his job and business opportunities. When it comes to journalism, it’s important to keep your professional and personal matters separate. Using one’s professional resources to get a lead on private matters is a huge journalism no-no.
Should family come before your job even though it will cost you in the end?
When it comes to family, many believe, you should be there for them no matter what. But are there limitations? We know family is important but, your job guarantees stability. Before you risk everything consider these questions: Would they put everything on the line for you? Would they help you recover if everything falls through? Would it be worth a huge impact on your mental health and/or financial stability?
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