In a bombshell report out Thursday, The New York Times exposed how New York State’s Health Department was undercounting nursing home deaths by up to 50 percent. It was a staggering revelation considering Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo was the one who ordered elderly COVID patients be returned to their long term care facilities. But later that evening, both ABC’s World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News completely ignored the scandal, dubbed #CuomoCoverUp on Twitter.
While ABC and CBS reported on GM no longer making gas-powered cars and a snowy owl spotted in New York, respectively, NBC Nightly News was the lone broadcast network to give The Times piece any coverage
“Tonight, New York State accused of undercounting COVID nursing home deaths by as much as 50 percent,” NBC correspondent Kristen Dahlgren reported. “The results of a months-long investigation by the state attorney general. The scathing 76-page report finding the state didn’t report nursing home residents who died from COVID-19 in the hospital.”
Dahlgren even spoke with the daughter of one of Cuomo’s victims, who argued that third-graders were smarter than the Governor Someone get Jeff Foxworthy on that.
When questions were first being raised about Cuomo’s failed leadership, he was a liberal media darling, even calling him the “acting-president.” And the networks covered up (including NBC) the bipartisan calls for an investigation from state lawmakers. They have also been largely silent on Cuomo’s other disastrous order that made hospitals throw out vaccine doses.
And some of their adulations were just embarrassing. Last fall CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King praised him in an interview as a “hard truth” teller. Then there was CBS Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley who was openly flirting with the new eligible bachelor.
But back in May, NBC was also the broadcast network stand out when they first reported on Cuomo’s nursing home scandal. They even chided what he had done and compared him to other governors. “That number climbing fast. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont thinks forcing nursing homes to take COVID positive patients, as most states are doing, is a path to disaster,” reported senior investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden, at the time… Via – Newsbusters