CNN’s Chris Cuomo: Criticism of Me an Attempt to Distract from School Shooting


Thursday, Breitbart News published a story pointing out that CNN’s Chris Cuomo had made some basic errors in an interview with David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress. Those errors led other journalists to reach the wrong conclusion about Daleiden, with one outlet posting a video and story claiming he’d admitted “Fiorina was wrong.”

Friday, Cuomo responded angrily on Twitter to suggestions he was responsible for the confusion, claiming discussion of his interview was an attempt by “rabid righties” to distract from the school shooting.

For the record, Daleiden is not my pal. I’ve never met him or spoken to him. I contacted him for a quote about the Cuomo interview, but he didn’t respond. As for the rest of Cuomo’s claims, they’re all false in every detail.

Cuomo continued to claim, incorrectly, that the image was of a “stillborn” and it’s still not clear he realizes that’s not the image Fiorina was talking about:

The fact that the baby in the image Cuomo is referring to was not stillborn was reported nearly two years ago by the Daily Mail:

Walter Joshua Fretz was born at 9:42pm. ‘I was crying so hard at this point but he was perfect. He was fully formed and everything was there, I could see his heart beating in his tiny chest,’ wrote Fretz…I held him, cuddled him, while his heart was beating I held him to my heart, I counted his toes and kissed his tiny head. I will always cherish those memories that I have of him.’

At some point, Cuomo’s tone started to shift:

I tried to get back to the main issue:

Finally, the question that should have been asked by someone before the interview took place:

And once more I tried to correct this:

The story about Cuomo’s interview was written for one reason. He was clearly confused about the facts, which helped to confuse other journalists and, at this point, probably tens of thousands of news readers.

Rather than clarify the facts during the interview or after, Cuomo attacked the motives of anyone who pointed out the errors. The ABC reporter, Ali Weinberg, who initially got this wrong corrected herself. Why hasn’t Chris Cuomo done the same? Why hasn’t CNN asked him to do so?