"Intentionally not reporting death toll because it will only go up," CNN's Chris Cuomo tweeted Monday night after a two-mile-wide tornado tore through Moore, Okla. "This is far from over. Whole communities reduced to splinters."
At the time, it had been reported in some outlets that the death toll was nearing 100. But from there, it didn't go up. It went down to 24. Unfortunately for Cuomo, that wasn't his only breaking news flub.
Tuesday morning while interviewing Oklahoma Rep. Mark McBride (R), Cuomo lightly chided him on the stalemate that has prevented Congress from acting in times of crisis in the past: "When we think about you guys in Washington," Cuomo said, "and what you’re fighting over and where money goes and what it’s for. And then you’re standing down here and seeing the need as so great, I hope that it moves up the list, Congressman, because certainly it would make a difference in so many people’s lives in your own community.”
Okay. But, as McBride explained, he's a state representative and has nothing to do with what goes on in Washington. "Thank you for that clarification," Cuomo said.
Every reporter is going to make mistakes when breaking news. But Cuomo only recently joined CNN and it hasn't been a smooth start. Just last month, it was Cuomo who had to embarrassingly say on live television, "Okay, so let's reset. Let's back up," after the channel wrongly reported a suspect had been arrested in relation to the Boston Marathon bombings.
And two weeks ago, Cuomo landed an exclusive interview with accused murderer Amanda Knox. After it aired, Cuomo ended up defending himself from charges that he cheapened the news value of the interview by referring to Knox as a sexual "freak."
Yeah, rough start.