Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean has emerged as one of the most critical voices of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 response after both of her husband’s parents died of the disease in nursing homes last year.
Last week, BizPac Review reports, a 76-page report was released by New York Attorney General Letitia James which charges Cuomo with underreporting the nursing home deaths that the governor has already been blamed for thanks to an executive order which required patients who tested positive for the virus be re-admitted to long-term care facilities.
Jean is now calling out the “Today Show” for what she characterizes as a “disgusting” attempt to downplay Cuomo’s role in nursing home deaths.
In a tweet last weekend, Dean tagged NBC and the program’s host, Lester Holt, accusing them of asking her friend to shift blame from Cuomo to “New York.”
“So @NBCNews @LesterHoltNBC @TODAYshow censored one of my friends who lost a loved one in a nursing home,” she wrote.
“She wanted to say ‘@andrewcuomo failed us’ in the interview and they told her to say ‘New York failed us’ instead. The mainstream is STILL protecting this guy. Disgusting,” she added.
In a follow-up tweet, Dean called Holt a “disgrace” like Cuomo.
“Shame on you @LesterHoltNBC @NBCNews @TODAYshow,” she wrote. “New York State did not fail us. The governor, his administration and his health department FAILED US. You are a disgrace to all families. Just like @andrewcuomo.”
It is worth noting that the Today Show is one of the top competitors to “Fox & Friends,” for which as the network’s chief meteorologist Dean is a co-host.
However, regular viewers of the program may recall that, before the pandemic, she rarely provided much political commentary and was better known for her bubbly personality and cheerful conveyance of the latest weather patterns.
Her accusations against Holt and Cuomo are quite blunt—it’s hard not to believe they’re entirely sincere, especially after suffering such loss.
Cuomo, for his part, also directly invited criticism last week when asked to respond to the AG report and it didn’t help matters much that he literally used the words “who cares” while addressing nursing home deaths.
“Who cares [if they] died in the hospital, died in a nursing home? They died,” he said, shifting the blame on the federal government and others.
Not a good look.
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