NewsNation anchor Chris Cuomo said that when he worked at ABC, the station did not allow anchors to wear American flag pins during 9/11.
Chris Cuomo admitted that after 9/11, ABC banned reporters from wearing American flag pins:
“We weren’t allowed to say this back then, but it doesn’t matter now… During 9/11, they wouldn’t let us wear flag pins on ABC News. I always thought it was a mistake. I’m American.” pic.twitter.com/mw1975EePE
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) October 26, 2023
Cuomo discussed the apparent ban on his NewsNation show “Cuomo” Wednesday night. “During 9/11, they wouldn’t let us wear flag pins on ABC News. I always thought that was wrong,” he told guest Ian Brenner.
Mr. Cuomo had defended his reporting on U.S. involvement in the Israel-Hamas conflict amid criticism for using the word “we” to describe U.S. interests. (Related: Watch Hamas spokesperson walk away from interview with Chris Cuomo)
“For the first time since 9/11 and the War on Terror, people are commenting on social media that we shouldn’t say ‘we’ when talking about America,” the former CNN anchor said. “I wasn’t allowed to say this then, but now I don’t care. I’m an American and I report as an American. And I think about America’s interests when I report. ” he said.
“I’m an American. I’m concerned about the American hostages. I’m concerned about our interests. That’s one of the reasons I care,” he continued.
Mr. Cuomo got his start in journalism at Fox News and moved to ABC, where he anchored “Good Morning America” and served as the station’s chief legal correspondent until his retirement in 2013, ABC said. biography.
Cuomo left ABC to join CNN, where he rose through the ranks and eventually became a marquee anchor, but was arrested in 2021 after being accused of helping cover up the sexual misconduct scandal of his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. was fired.