CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been mocked online for failing on Friday to mention the scandal surrounding his older brother Andrew, the governor of New York.
One social media user said she was 'disappointed', while another joked that there was 'big news coming out of New York state' that Chris Cuomo ignored.
'How convenient,' said another.
Andrew Cuomo, 63, has been rocked by the confession on Thursday of his top aide, Melissa DeRosa, that they deliberately hid data on nursing home COVID deaths, in the midst of a Justice Department investigation into their handling of the pandemic.
He is yet to comment on the scandal, which is seeing mounting calls for him to resign.
On Friday night CNN anchors Jake Tapper and Erin Burnett covered the story, with Tapper tweeting that it 'keeps getting worse', but Chris Cuomo, 50, instead dedicated his entire show to Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
Chris Cuomo on Friday night failed to mention the scandal engulfing his governor brother
Fellow CNN anchor Jake Tapper said the story 'keeps getting worse' for Andrew Cuomo
'Some big news coming out of New York state,' joked one.
'Something about the governor and killing senior citizens. You might want to look into that, Mr Reporter.'
Another added: 'Speaking of trusting data and governors...'
One person dismissed the Cuomo family as 'scumbags'.
Another said they were 'disappointed', adding: 'Is your brother off limits?'
'I noticed no mention of the news about your brother on the show tonight! How convenient!' noted another.
CNN is yet to respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment.
In May the brothers were criticized for making light of the pandemic, after Andrew Cuomo appeared on Chris Cuomo's show.
The governor recounted how he was tested for coronavirus on live TV during his daily press briefing on Sunday, leading his brother to joke he had a big nose and required a baseball bat-sized nasal swab for a test.
The View host Meghan McCain led the criticism on Twitter saying: 'I’m not sure I’m going to ever be able to buy a crib or baby clothes for my first child in a store, Most of my friends are jobless, petrified and dealing w depression & @JaniceDean lost both her mother and father in law to COVID within a week of each other.'
'This is HILARIOUS guys,' she added sarcastically.
Chris Cuomo and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo were slammed for their lighthearted jokes on coronavirus testing during an episode of Cuomo Prime Time
The View host Meghan McCain led the criticism against the duo's segment saying: 'Most of my friends are jobless, petrified and dealing w depression...This is HILARIOUS guys'
Andrew Cuomo was at the White House on Friday, to meet Joe Biden and discuss COVID relief efforts. He did not take questions about the growing scandal.
Cuomo, who heads the National Governor's Association, instead praised the president in a statement released after the Oval Office meeting, saying Biden and his team 'made clear that they recognize and appreciate how critical this targeted relief is for our ability to recover from this pandemic.'
White House press secretary Jen Psaki would not say on Friday whether Biden has lost confidence in Cuomo given the growing criticism.
Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, was in the Oval Office on Friday to discuss COVID relief
The only public event on Cuomo's schedule on Friday was a meeting with President Joe Biden and others at the White House on Friday. Pictured, left to right: Cuomo, Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden and Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
A nursing home patient is seen receiving the COVID vaccine on January 6 in Brooklyn
'The president hosted Gov. Cuomo and a bipartisan group of governors and mayors today to get their perspectives from the front lines - not to give anyone a stamp of approval or to seek their stamp of approval, and to discuss the urgency of passing the American Rescue Plan,' Psaki said.
'Gov. Cuomo is the governor of one of the largest states in the country - one of the places where the pandemic hit hardest, the earliest.
'There are still many Americans continuing to struggle to get vaccinated and make ends meet, so it was important to have him as part of the meeting,' she added.
The meeting came as the New York State Assembly Majority is considering rescinding emergency powers granted to Cuomo to manage the coronavirus pandemic after a top aide admitted their administration hid damning information about deaths among nursing home patients, according to a report from NY1.
In a remarkable confession made during a conference call with state Democrats, obtained by The New York Post, DeRosa, secretary to Cuomo, admitted that officials 'froze' in August when former President Donald Trump's Department of Justice asked for the data, before rebuffing the request.
DeRosa told lawmakers: 'We were in a position where we weren't sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren't sure if there was going to be an investigation.'
The data remained secret for months until January, when a shocking report from New York Attorney General Letitia James' office said the state had undercounted the number of nursing home deaths by as much as 50 percent.
It comes after Melissa de Rosa (left), a top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo (right) admitted the administration had hidden nursing home COVID-related death numbers in a Thursday call, obtained by New York Post
New York State Assembly is holding a conference to consider rescinding Governor Andrew Cuomo's emergency powers to manage the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: A tweet by Zack Fink, an NY1 reporter who first broke the news about the discussion to rescind powers
It forced New York State's Department of Health to reveal that the true death toll among nursing home residents was 12,743, rather than the previously acknowledged 8,711.
New York had previously only counted residents who died in nursing homes, and left out 4,000 residents who were taken to hospital and died there.
A conference is expected to be held discussing rescinding Cuomo's emergency powers - which granted him the authority to suspend existing statutes or effectively create new laws - a new report states.
WHAT ARE CUOMO'S EMERGENCY POWERS AND HOW CAN THEY BE RESCINDED?
In March 2020, the New York State Legislature granted Cuomo emergency powers to address the coronavirus pandemic.
This effectively allows the governor to change any local or state law with the stroke of a pen.
He has issued 94 such executive orders including including limiting gatherings in public and private spaces closing or reopening businesses, mask mandates and expanding hospital capacity.
Cuomo has also issued orders indirectly related such as making a second wedding license available for free if the first one expired.
The executive powers are set to expire on April 30, but the New York State Legislature has the power to revoke these powers before the deadline with a simple majority in both houses.
There are 150 members in the Assembly so a simple majority would entail 76 members voting to rescind or 75 members and a tie-breaking casting vote by the Lieutenant Governor.
In the Senate, there are 63 members so they would need 32 Senators for a simple majority.
If the powers were to be rescinded it would mean Cuomo would no longer have the power to suspend existing statutes or effectively create new laws, all of which would now be done by the Legislature.