CBS Shows “Devastating Toll” of Coronavirus on Nursing Homes, Never Mentions Andrew Cuomo’s Order

National   |   Scott Whitlock   |   May 18, 2020   |   6:04PM   |   Washington, DC

Monday’s CBS This Morning highlighted the “devastating toll” the coronavirus is having on nursing homes in this country, noting that 28,000 deaths are connected to nursing homes. What wasn’t mentioned at all in the four minute-plus segment? New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s disastrous decision to send COVID patients to nursing homes. Somehow, that never came up at all.

Co-host Anthony Mason explained, “We could soon get a clearer picture of the devastating toll the pandemic has had on nursing homes. More than 15,000 nursing homes had to submit their first reports on coronavirus deaths and infections to the federal government by last night.” He added, “CBS News has confirmed that of the more than 89,000 deaths from the coronavirus, more than 28,000 were connected to nursing homes, nearly a third of the total.” detailed Cuomo’s actions and the stark toll:

Cuomo has come under fire for his policy enacted March 25 forcing nursing homes to take in COVID-19 positive patients, which has only recently been reversed.


More than 4,800 people died from COVID-19 in nursing homes in New York from March 1 to May 1, according to a count by the governor’s office. Roughly 25 percent of all deaths in the state occurred in nursing homes.

Back on May 5, the New York Post’s Michael Goodwin wrote in an op-ed entitled “This nursing home disaster is on you, Gov. Cuomo”:

The March 25 order that forced infected patients on them allows for no exceptions and has not been changed.

Over 1,700 more coronavirus deaths reported in NY nursing homes

The killer fifth paragraph still reads: “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to ­admission or readmission.”

Yet, while CBS ignored New York and Cuomo on Monday, the network hailed Cuomo back in April. On the April 19 Face the Nation, John Dickerson showcased the Democrat as an example of a real “leader”:

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DICKERSON: In an age of finger-pointing, blame-shifting and spin, it can be bracing to simply hear a leader take responsibility.

CUOMO: If you are upset by what we have done, be upset at me. My judgment is do whatever`s necessary to contain this virus and then we will manage the consequences afterwards. The old expression, the buck stops on my desk, the buck stops on my desk. Your local mayor did not close your restaurants, your bars, your gyms or your schools. I did. I did.

Dickerson added, “Leaders identify a need, make a plan, and follow through.” How did that plan work out in New York?

In comparison, NBC called out Cuomo back on May 11. Note: Scott Whitlock is a news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing writer to NewsBusters, its blog where this item first appeared. Scott’s blogs have been featured in the “Inside Politics” section of the Washington Times and linked to on the Drudge Report. He is a graduate of George Mason University. This originally appeared at Newsbusters.