One of the things faith leaders from all over the world have advocated during this coronavirus pandemic is for people to look inward, to seek changes in living a better life.
It seems that, while perhaps not faith-based per se, CNN’s Chris Cuomo is doing exactly that.
The host of Cuomo Prime Time, diagnosed with the virus on March 31, has been conducting his show from home. A guest on Sirius XM radio on Monday, he shared some of his thoughts on how his current situation may affect his thinking on career moving forward.
“I don’t want to spend my time doing things that I don’t think are valuable enough to me personally,” Cuomo said. “I don’t value indulging irrationality, hyper-partisanship.”
Cuomo was not at all partisan in his opinion on talking to Democrats, Republicans, and the President, essentially saying that no one tells the truth, not the full truth, in Washington.
“I don’t like what I do professionally,” he continued. “I don’t think it’s worth my time.”
According to his brother, Democratic New York governor Andrew Cuomo, President Trump always asks how his brother is doing after Chris was diagnosed two weeks ago. Perhaps trying to stoke a flame, radio host Howard Stern said, “He’s been critical of Trump. Do you think [Trump] sits there and says, ‘Oh good,’ like there’s an enemies list or something like that? I feel it’s that vicious.”
Cuomo replied, “The President always makes a point of saying to me, ‘How is Chris? Is he doing okay?’ And that’s not in his usual character. We’re not chit-chatty when we’re on the phone. But he always makes a point to say that about Chris and always remembers my mother.”
Chris Cuomo’s assumption that Trump is “full of sh-t” on Sirius perhaps didn’t take into account Trump’s concern for both him and his family. Perhaps it did. But one thing his brother has done is urge the American people, especially those in his state, to avoid making this coronavirus a political circus. He has recently thanked the president, even amidst the horrible outbreak in New York.
“Forget the politics, we have a national crisis,” the governor said. “We are at war, there is no politics. There is no red and blue. It’s red, white and blue. Let’s get over it and lead by example.”
It seems Andrew’s brother Chris is making a similar value statement in yesterday’s remarks. It remains to be seen if this emergence of values will translate to cable television.