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CNN: Cuomo Interviews Cuomo

Media watchers have raised eyebrows today after CNN anchor Chris Cuomo interviewed his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, about the Metro-North disaster in the Bronx.
Journalists usually refrain from directly interviewing their family members, even in normal breaking news situations. And there was a certain level of awkwardness in watching Chris call Andrew "Governor," and then say, "Now obviously to those who don't know, we are family, so we've been talking about this a lot." The interview was probably not markedly different from any other one that the governor was doing that morning, and it's unlikely that Cuomo would interview his brother about any major political issues, but the point of keeping family members out of these things is to ensure that nobody has a chance to jump to any conclusions about favoritism.

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