On Thursday’s New Day on CNN, as New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo made his first appearance on the show since word broke that he went against CDC guidelines and pressured nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients, leading to thousands of unnecessary deaths, CNN co-host Alisyn Camerota failed to bring up the important issue.
By contrast, just a couple of days ago, Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends show, which runs opposite New Day, devoted a segment to discussing calls by New York assembly members for an investigation of the matter.
On CNN, Governor Cuomo was appearing to discuss his recent decision to require non-New Yorkers to quarantine themselves for two weeks after entering the state, and Camerota spent much of the interview pressing him on whether he was being hypocritical for speaking out against quarantines in the past if they were directed at residents of his state.
But she totally ignored the issue of his mismanagement of the pandemic in the early days.
After spending the first two questions asking about how the quarantine order would be enforced, she then followed up: “Remember when Florida did this to New Yorkers? And I remember you being not so pleased, calling it ‘political’ at that time. So what’s different now?”
She soon played a clip of Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis complaining about New York politicians who complained when his state imposed a quarantine directed at New York residents. Camerota then followed up: “So what do you say to him today now that the tables have turned?”
In contrast with Camerota not getting around to the brewing nursing home scandal at all, on Tuesday’s Fox and Friends, co-host Ainsley Earhardt reminded viewers of the issue as she set up a segment on the matter:
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AINSLEY EARHARDT: New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, facing backlash after his controversial March 25 executive order directing nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients. In total, the state confirming over 7,800 confirmed or presumed nursing homes deaths.
She then introduced New York Republican assemblywoman Nicole Mallionakis as a guest and began by posing: “I understand you’re calling for an investigation now, right?”
Mallionakis recalled that, not only has she demanded an investigation, but so has the leading Democrat on health issues in the New York state assembly,
CNN has so far given little attention to the scandal, and, in when it has, accepts Governor Cuomo’s deceptive attempt to blame the CDC for his own misreading of their guidelines.
LifeNews.com Note: Brad Wilmouth is a news analyst for the Media Research Center and a graduate of the University of Virginia. This column originally appeared on the NewsBusters web site and is reprinted with permission.