New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office had a curt response to Fox News Chief Meteorologist Janice Dean over her continued criticism of the governor’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dean’s in-laws, along with thousands of New Yorkers, died because the New York State Department of Health required long-term care facilities to accept returning residents regardless of their Covid-19 status.
It took Cuomo two months to reverse that decision. (Mediaite)
Cuomo earned early (premature) praise from a fawning media, largely due to his reassuring tone during coronavirus-related press conferences early in the outbreak. His “we’re all in this together” mien was a stark contrast to President Donald Trump’s “leave it to the states,” which, in hindsight, wasn’t … great.
But Dean, known for her remarkably bubbly and consistently apolitical demeanor on Fox & Friends, was among the first to call BS on the Cuomo lovefest. Outraged by the death of both of her husband’s parents due to Covid-19, she was the first to pull back the veil and bravely call Cuomo out for mistakes she saw him make early in the pandemic, namely the sending of Covid-19 patients to nursing homes. That decision alone may have led to thousands of deaths.
Since then, Dean has been on something of a mission to call out Governor Cuomo’s apparent cult of personality. There was an autobiography published about how he successfully handled a pandemic, perhaps prematurely published amidst a still raging pandemic.
On Tuesday, Dean hit out at what she saw as a botched rollout of the vaccine, which she called a “disaster.’”
A spokesperson for Cuomo flagrantly dismissed Dean’s criticism, saying “Last I checked, she’s not a credible source on anything except maybe the weather.”