Whistleblower Confirms Andrew Cuomo Shut Down Opposition to Order That Killed Nursing Home Residents

National   |   Nicholas Fondacaro   |   Mar 19, 2021   |   8:30AM   |   Washington, DC

It had been days since the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC delivered any kind of substantive follow-up to Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nursing homes deaths and cover-up scandal, even as new damning information developed. This was not the case for the Fox News Channel’s Special Report as they aired an exclusive interview on Thursday with a nursing home administrator who sat in on phone conferences in which Cuomo was consigning many elderly folks to death.

Throughout the day, Fox News had aired portions on other news shows. And it’s common for the broadcast networks to use such clips from each other to pad out their programming. This was not the case Thursday, as all three of them gushed about President Biden calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a “killer.”

In stark contrast, Fox News correspondent Aishah Hasnie spoke to an insider who wanted to speak out about Cuomo’s disastrous leadership. “Michael Kraus is the administrator of Silver Lake Specialized Care Center in Staten Island, New York. And for the first time, he and his team are telling us what really happened behind closed doors when Governor Andrew Cuomo issued that controversial March 25 order,” she reported.

Cuomo’s order forced nursing homes to take in COVID-positive patents, regardless of a facility’s ability to keep them isolated.

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Kraus recounted how he had attempted to push back on the directive during a phone conference and was shot down by the Cuomo administration:

KRAUS: My position from the get-go was we can’t do it.

(…)

KRAUS: We can’t be doing this, it – it’s just not right to the residents.

HASNIE: And you vocalized that on these phone conversations?

KRAUS: I did vocalize it. And then, you know, once it was shot down, I never spoke again.

“In the end, Silver Lake reported two confirmed COVID deaths at the facility, six out-of-facility, and 37 presumed COVID deaths. The numbers are not the lowest in the state, but far from the highest,” Hasnie noted. “15,000 people died in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Governor Cuomo repeatedly insists his order was not the driving cause.”

According to Kraus, his team of care workers was more afraid of the Cuomo administration than the virus itself. “They were petrified, but they were more petrified of the Department of Health,” he told Hasnie.

And though Kraus didn’t blame the Cuomo administration for every nursing home death, he suggested they did bear some responsibility. “So, not entirely. I really feel that when the hospitals kept on pushing us to take these residents, I think it was a very big mistake,” he explained.

Earlier this month, for Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandals, CBS Evening News did the right thing by interviewing accuser Charlotte Bennett. But CBS should’ve applied the same standard to Cuomo’s nursing home scandal too.

But then again, other Democratic governors parroted the order. So, reporting on it would put those governors in hot water too.

LifeNews Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.