• CNN’s Chris Cuomo Said Wh-a-a-att to Fox News’ Sean Hannity?

    Surge Summary: Liberal CNN host Chris Cuomo offers a public “thank you” to Sean Hannity for the latter’s coming to his defense in a recent, much viewed and embarrassing controversy.

    Everyone take a deep breath: CNN’s Chris Cuomo singled out Fox NewsSean Hannity … for praise!

    Along with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, he thanked both broadcasters for their support after video in which he confronted a man for calling him “Fredo” went viral.

    “In the video,” Huffpo’s Lee Moran reviews the facts,

    Cuomo lashed out at an unidentified man who’d called him “Fredo.” “Fredo is from ‘The Godfather,’ he was that weak brother, and they’re using it as an Italian aspersion,” said Cuomo, who is of Italian descent. He later likened the slur to being “the ’N-word’” for Italians.

    Returning Monday night to host his Cuomo Prime Time, the host quipped, “Alright, no secret how I spent one particular afternoon on vacation.”

    “And there is nothing to add, except to say thank you,” he continued. “Thank you to all who reached out in person, who sent messages. I appreciate it. That includes Mr. Hannity and Ms. Maddow. They acted as colleagues, not competitors, and I won’t forget it.”

    “In fact, I’m not going to forget and I will use all of the feedback because the key is for us all to be better, and that starts with me,” Cuomo added.

    Hannity (more commonly a Cuomo target) remarked publicly at the time that his rival cable news anchor has “zero to apologize for” – then went further: Cuomo “deserves the apology” himself, he said

    I say good for [Chris Cuomo],” Hannity wrote. “He’s out with his 9-year-old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family.”

    I’ll differ with the Fox News figure on one score: while Cuomo’s heckler was out-of-line with his smart-aleckery, Cuomo’s profane, vile retort was nothing to brag about, either. He missed an opportunity – as he later admitted – to respond firmly but with class to his mocker’s nastiness. Both players blew it in this very open, caught-on-video exchange.

    That said, conservative spokesman Sean Hannity’s taking up for liberal CNN fixture Chris Cuomo was mildly startling. As was Cuomo’s dignified show of gratitude toward Hannity after the fact. Both responses were striking and refreshing in a day in which name-calling and insults have become regrettable standard fare in the political and cultural scrum.

    The Cuomo/Fredo contretemps was a fetid one, indeed; all the way around. Nice to see some redemptive developments coming out of it.

    Cuomo underscores a deed well done is a deed well done and merits an “attaboy” – even when it’s performed by someone we’d more normally be snorting at.

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    The Godfather Meets CNN: Lessons from the Chris Cuomo / ‘Fredo’ Outburst

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