ABC Censors Coverage of Andrew Cuomo Scandal, Order Killing Thousands of Nursing Home Residents

State   |   Kyle Drennan   |   Jan 29, 2021   |   7:44PM   |   Washington, DC

On Friday, ABC’s Good Morning America maintained the liberal network’s censorship of the scandal swirling around Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over a disturbing new report that his administration undercounted the number of coronavirus nursing home deaths in the state by 50%. Despite ABC’s continued journalistic malpractice, CBS This Morning discovered the news and the Today show continued NBC’s coverage of the story.

“New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges that the State of New York has undercounted coronavirus-related fatalities at nursing homes by as much as 50%,” CBS This Morning co-host Tony Dokoupil informed viewers Friday morning, after Thursday’s Evening News completely ignored the bombshell finding. “She says Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration has only counted those who died on site, not those who died in the hospitals, of the virus,” Dokoupil explained.

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The host specifically pointed to the disastrous policy implemented by Cuomo:

Back in March, 2020, long-term care facilities were directed to take in COVID patients to relieve stress on hospitals. And the measure was reversed in May. The AG’s report says that by then the policy, quote, “may have put residents at increased risk of harm in some facilities.”

On NBC’s Today show, fill-in co-host Willie Geist kept up the network’s coverage of the scandal: “Now to a scathing new report out of New York, accusing the state of undercounting the number of COVID deaths in nursing homes.” Like she did for Thursday’s Nightly News, correspondent Kristen Dahlgren reported:

In a new report, the state’s attorney general saying New York may have underreported the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%….The 76-page report also blasts a March directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo, mandating nursing homes take in COVID patients to free up hospital beds. Adding, some of the facilities were unprepared for the order and failed to comply with protocols, like isolating infected patients.

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO [D-NY]: What we did here in New York is nothing different than what the federal government put out as guidance for every state. Yes, people died in nursing homes, Savannah.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Was that a mistake?

CUOMO: No, look, if you look at how many people died in nursing homes in New York compared to other states, we actually have a lower percentage of people who died in nursing homes.

Dahlgren wrapped up the segment by going through the newly-revealed numbers: “If you add them all up, Willie, those who died in nursing homes, in hospitals, and those that haven’t been confirmed yet but are suspected, it is more than 12,000, not the 6,000 that’s officially on the books.” Geist concluded: “It is a maddening report for so many families in this state.”

Amazingly, ABC News has refused to cover this latest sad chapter in Cuomo’s incompetent and deadly response to the coronavirus pandemic. Note: Kyle Drennen is an MRC News Analyst and a graduate of Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. This was originally posted on the Media Research Center blog NewsBusters.