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NBC News Has Some Explaining to Do After Cuomo Revelations Implicate Prominent MSNBC Anchor

Documents released Monday from New York State Attorney General Tish James’ office about CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s major role in helping craft an expansive and targeted response strategy earlier this year to the sexual harassment allegations made against his brother and then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) have rocked the low rated cable news network, prompting them to say in a statement that they would be conducting “a thorough review and consideration … over the next several days” of the new information as it related to the longtime “Prime Time” anchor’s role.

But as it turns out, Chris Cuomo is not the only prominent national media figure who was implicated by James’ document dump this week. New York-based “The City” did some digging and discovered revealing comments made by Lis Smith, a former advisor (2018) to both Gov. Cuomo and failed 2020 Democratic presidential candidate turned Biden Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg. In group text messages on March 3, 2021, Smith noted how she was texting with “MSNBC Live” anchor/NBC News correspondent Katy Tur, alleging that Tur was using her talking points about Gov. Cuomo “verbatim” during a live broadcast:

In text messages to senior advisers and allies, Smith bragged that MSNBC host Katy Tur was using her talking points about Cuomo live on air.

“I’m texting w Katy Tur,” Smith wrote to the group. “Katy is saying my spin live. Like verbatim.”

Smith and the group appraised how the story was moving in a favorable direction after the governor held his first press briefing in March in which he said he was embarrassed and apologetic, but would not resign.

Smith was hesitant for the public to know about her involvement in helping the governor and his team, telling Cuomo’s advisers it would be bad for her “credibility” to answer a reporter’s question.