CNN anchor Jack Tapper isn't holding back how he feels about his fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and his recent on-air apology amid his conflicting relationship with his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Last week, a red-faced Chris apologized on Cuomo Prime Time after it was revealed that he reportedly advised Andrew on a slew of sexual harassment allegations made against him. Andrew has denied his involvement in any of the allegations.
"It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business in a bad spot. It will not happen again," Chris, 60, said during his on-air apology.
He continued, "It was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor's staff, which Chris acknowledges," CNN said in a statement to The Washington Post. Thus far, it appears Chris will not have to face a suspension or any disciplinary action at all for his actions.
While Chris may not face any punishment from his own network, that has not stopped Tapper from letting his personal feelings known. The anchor was recently interviewed by Kara Swisher on The New York Times' "Sway" podcast.
"Such a complicated issue," Tapper said. "I cannot imagine a world in which anybody in journalism thinks that that was appropriate. So I agree with that."
Tapper went on to say, "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. I work very hard to be fair and to be ethical and to not cross lines. And I certainly understand the love that Chris has for his brother, and I have a brother and I get it. But that was not a fun day."
The outrage from Chris' peers stems from an industry standard of ethics that journalists should not have conflicts or interests with the subject they're covering.
The segments were highly criticized by other media outlets for blurring the lines of CNN's journalistic ethics.
In March, Chris announced on his CNN show that he would be stepping back from coverage of his brother, while CNN would continue to report on the sexual misconduct allegations against Andrew.
"When my brother's situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his and advisors that did include some of his staff — I understand why that was a problem for CNN," Chris said.
Chris added, "This is a unique and difficult situation and that's okay." It may be okay with Chris, but it certainly isn't okay with Tapper.