CNN Chris Cuomo unloads on Jon Stewart: ‘He shouldn’t pretend’ to be a journalist

posted at 8:01 am on July 28, 2014 by Noah Rothman

CNN’s New Day anchor Chris Cuomo was among the first major cable news network personalities to travel to a variety of European nations in the wake of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While reporting from Europe, Cuomo has filed a variety of provocative reports and secured important interviews including his recent exclusive with the self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Borodai.

Cuomo’s reporting has received mostly plaudits and few critiques, but the CNN anchor does not take even mild critiques lying down.

One recent example of that kind of soft criticism recently came from Comedy Central host Jon Stewart. In an interview with outgoing Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Cuomo asked if he could “shoot down” the theory that Ukrainian forces were responsible for the attack on MH17. Stewart presented that clip without commentary as one of his program’s closing “Moment of Zen” segments:

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple recently asked Cuomo for his take on that moment. The CNN anchor’s statement was, by any objective assessment, disproportionate relative to the offense to which he was responding:

“I made a mistake,” says Cuomo. “In terms of who reacted to it and how, it’s strictly a case of consider the source.” Stewart is a comedian who indulges in takedowns of the mainstream media, and bloggers “are what they are — they traffic in snark and negativity,” says Cuomo. Later in the chat, Cuomo circled back to that comedian: “If it seems like I’m being disrespectful of Jon Stewart, it’s only because I am. He’s funny but he doesn’t do the job we do and he shouldn’t pretend he does.”

That is a fair critique of Stewart who regularly blurs the line between comedian and news presenter, but it does not seem deserved in this instance when the Comedy Central host added no commentary to accompany this clip.

Cuomo is developing a bit of a reputation for not letting criticisms roll off his back. After a contentious recent interview with Kremlin-funded RT personality, Cuomo’s twitter account was bombarded by pro-Russian accounts accusing him of downplaying the non-existent evidence that Ukraine was responsible for the attack.

Cuomo told one Twitter user that he had crossed a line when he appeared to accuse Ukraine of exploiting those children who were killed in that attack for their propaganda value. “[I]f u r mocking dead kids, I won’t just block you, I will find you,” Cuomo ominously warned the Twitter user.

He later suggested that remark was out of line and requested another user “forgive” him.


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Blue on Blue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Neither are journalists, they’re celebrity advocates.

lowandslow on July 28, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Speaking of Ukraine:

Ukraine, Russia political crisis
1m
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko officially claims the taking of an important hill between Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine – @APUkraine
Read more on president.gov.ua

http://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/30871.html

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Blue Communist Red on Blue Communist Red!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 8:06 AM

ReWrite™ engaged for colorization.

Steve Eggleston on July 28, 2014 at 8:09 AM

“If it seems like I’m being disrespectful of Jon Stewart, it’s only because I am. He’s funny but he doesn’t do the job we do and he shouldn’t pretend he does.”

You mean Stewart doesn’t kiss Obama’s ass? I think he does.

Aizen on July 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

That is a fair critique of Stewart who regularly blurs the line between comedian and news presenter, but it does not seem deserved in this instance when the Comedy Central host added no commentary to accompany this clip.

What does adding commentary have to do with your argument? He showed it on his comedy show. And actually “moment of zen” is a very cutting and concise commentary.

Not that I care about defending CNN, don’t watch it so I don’t know whether the criticism is justified or not.

Fenris on July 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

I don’t know if I think his reaction to Stewart is disproportionate when you consider that Stewart doesn’t see the sights the media is up close and personal with. In many cases these folks are in areas where danger exists. Also, they talk to real players in these situations, people who are up at night trying to solve problems. (Present POTUS excluded.) Then along comes this smirking ass not only critiquing from his cushy chair with hair and make up but apparently polling as an actual deliverer of current events. Maybe Mr. Cuomo needs a vacation but I don’t think I can blame him for being miffed.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2014 at 8:13 AM

I guess my argument is actually with the viewers, who unfortunately vote based on their beliefs bolstered by Stewart. We are too stupid to survive.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Cuomo, only in the media because of his last name engages in a smackdown with a comedian. This is one of those “virginity among whores” moments.

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Cat fight.

BuckeyeSam on July 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Blue Communist Red on Blue Communist Red!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 8:06 AM

ReWrite™ engaged for colorization.

Steve Eggleston on July 28, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Steve Eggleston:Lol,… Much improved,..Canop approved!:)

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM

There’s plenty of hypocrisy to go around among this band of buffoons. Stewart doesn’t pretend to be a journalist.

Cuomo shows his glaring ignorance by pretending Stuart pretends to be a journalist. He deserves all the mocking and disrespect he gets out of this fiasco.

I think Noah set the tone well when he refers to Cuomo as a ‘news network personality’ rather than a journalist.

s1im on July 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM

CNN Chris Cuomo unloads on Jon Stewart: ‘He shouldn’t pretend’ to be a journalist

Neither should Chris Cuomo, for that matter.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 28, 2014 at 8:21 AM

All Stewart did was play a clip of Cuomo using “shoot down” and then joking it was a pun while at the crash site. A guy who makes puns while standing over a mass grave is not allowed to take the moral high ground in any controversy.

AngusMc on July 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Blue Communist Red on Blue Communist Red!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 8:06 AM

ReWrite™ engaged for colorization.

Steve Eggleston on July 28, 2014 at 8:09 AM

I’ve always wondered about that.

From the Revolutionary War’s “redcoats” to the USSR’s flag to the Little Red Book, red has always stood for Big Government.
So why are Dems deemed “blue” & Republicans “red”?

itsnotaboutme on July 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

I assume that that this Cuomo doesn’t talk like the governor of New York. That guy has the strangest voice…..please America don’t make me listen to him as POTUS.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

I guess my argument is actually with the viewers, who unfortunately vote based on their beliefs bolstered by Stewart. We are too stupid to survive.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Cindy Munford: True, and, nightmarish!:)

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Cuomo is just upset that Stewart doesn’t wear the proper
knee pads.

ToddPA on July 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Yet it was Jon Stewart who according to Jay Carney conducted the toughest interview on Obama in the entire 2012 campaign. Which says way more about “journalists” like Cuomo than it does Stewart.

Doughboy on July 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM

The Irony is strong in this one!

KS Rex on July 28, 2014 at 8:29 AM

I’ve always wondered about that.

From the Revolutionary War’s “redcoats” to the USSR’s flag to the Little Red Book, red has always stood for Big Government.
So why are Dems deemed “blue” & Republicans “red”?

itsnotaboutme on July 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

It was not always thus. I distinctly remember newscasters talking about “Lake Reagan”. Why the lapdog media decided to switch it around is left as an exercise for the reader.

Fenris on July 28, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Cuomo’s attitude does show what a sense of entitlement and lack of self-awareness the children of privileged Democratic politicians have.

They and others in the media and the Democratic Party loved it back in 1988 when Ann Richards used the line on George W. Bush that he was “Born on third base and thought he hit a triple,” but that pretty much describes the Cuomos, Kennedys or Chelsea Clinton. But they not only bristle at the notion their last names had anything to do with getting the job, they get mad at any criticism at all, including and especially from their supposed ‘allies’ in the media like Stewart, who in their minds are only supposed to go after the other side, not them, because the other side deserves to be unfairly mocked over any trivial remark they make.

jon1979 on July 28, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Q: What’s the difference between a crack whore and a journalist?
A: A crack whore may have integrity.

higgins1991 on July 28, 2014 at 8:39 AM

@itsnotaboutme
Red v Blue

It actually started as recently as 2000

LtGenRob on July 28, 2014 at 8:40 AM

So why are Dems deemed “blue” & Republicans “red”?

itsnotaboutme on July 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

itsnotaboutme: Well,…I blame the MSM for brainwashing me
on,

Blue States…..LibTards

Red States…..GOP/ConservativePatriots!!:)

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Hahahaha! Why? Because journalists must have their butts kissed all the time? I read one complaining on twitter that journalists are being bullied by people who refute their BS.

Blake on July 28, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I’ve always wondered about that.

From the Revolutionary War’s “redcoats” to the USSR’s flag to the Little Red Book, red has always stood for Big Government.
So why are Dems deemed “blue” & Republicans “red”?

itsnotaboutme on July 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Because immediately after Election Day 2000, the GOP let slip their true Big Government colors and used the other “red/blue” definition (red being the party out of power, blue being the party in power) to permanently cleave the red meaning (specifically, Communist Red) from the Rats.

Steve Eggleston on July 28, 2014 at 9:02 AM

What DNC shill David Gregory was doing for The Reich yesterday morning would’ve gotten him hauled in by Vice Squad only a couple decades ago.

viking01 on July 28, 2014 at 9:19 AM

You shouldn’t pretend either, Chris.

Buck Farky on July 28, 2014 at 9:45 AM

So why are Dems deemed “blue” & Republicans “red”?

itsnotaboutme on July 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

The hotly contested 2000 election set them in stone. You can thank Tim Russert, specifically. Previously they were swapped out every election.

Buck Farky on July 28, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Steve Eggleston on July 28, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Buck Farky on July 28, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Also, in our (European-based) culture, red has always signified danger, while blue, along with green has generally signified safety.

The media, progressives all, define Republicans as dangerous, Democrats as heroes, and deep-eco types as saints.

It’s one of the less subtle forms of agitprop in use today. It’s also about as scurrilous as any political cartoon of the yellow journalism days of the late 1800s.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Cuomo goofed and it made the Daily Show. Who cares?

Also, in our (European-based) culture, red has always signified danger, while blue, along with green has generally signified safety.

The media, progressives all, define Republicans as dangerous, Democrats as heroes, and deep-eco types as saints.

It’s one of the less subtle forms of agitprop in use today. It’s also about as scurrilous as any political cartoon of the yellow journalism days of the late 1800s.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

In Europe conservatives are blue and worker parties are red. Liberals are yellow, and since the 90′s, there have been greens.

If you are interested…

lexhamfox on July 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Liberal nice.

Akzed on July 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Going moderate to support Cuomo. He probably felt terrible about the unintended pun, personally perhaps more than professionally. I’d have a thin skin for a few days if in his position after such.

exdeadhead on July 28, 2014 at 10:33 AM

That is truly a LOL moment. Chris Cuomo is the very epitome of a “Pretender to be a journalist.”

Webrider on July 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

CNN Chris Cuomo unloads on Jon Stewart: ‘He shouldn’t pretend’ to be a journalist

Nor should anyone at CNN, especially Candy CrOWley.

bw222 on July 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

We all know why the dems took blue. They are liars and cowards.

John the Libertarian on July 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Fake Journalist on fake Journalist violence isn’t pretty.

Maybe they can get a gig on the Media mogul Palin’s channel….if they say pretty please.

PappyD61 on July 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM

‘He shouldn’t pretend’ to be a journalist’

…why shouldn’t steward EXPLOIT his stupid, ignorant, moronic, pathetic, doped-up, sub-human, leftist viewers?

Isn’t that the d-cRAT party way?

MicahStone on July 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Stewart, who is infinitely more popular than you, thanks you for the free publicity and material for his next show! LOL!

easyt65 on July 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM