Andrew Cuomo to receive Emmy award for televised Covid briefings; Janice Dean leads reaction

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be receiving an Emmy Award for his “leadership” amid the coronavirus pandemic and using his televised addresses to “calm people around the world.”

Apparently, Hollywood thinks the man leading the state that was once the nation’s epicenter of the pandemic, and where thousands of immuno-compromised elderly people died in nursing homes, deserves special recognition for his “masterful” use of television.

This year’s International Emmy Founder’s Award “in recognition of his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world,” a press release from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences stated.

“I think the International Emmys are confusing ‘highest death count’ and ‘putting COVID patients back into nursing homes’ categories with the ‘best performance’ category,” U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas tweeted in response to the news.

During a conference call with the media on Friday, Cuomo said the award was “flattering.”

“I accept it on behalf of the people of this state. It’s for the people of the state. What New Yorkers did was really amazing,” he said.

“The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” gushed International Academy President & CEO, Bruce Paisner. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”

The daily briefings by the Democrat governor to inform New Yorkers about the latest grim coronavirus updates were carried live by New York’s local TV stations, and were aired on national outlets as well from the first in March until mid-June.

“These daily communications have drawn a total of 59 million viewers,” the press release noted.

According to the Academy, the Founder’s Award is presented to an individual or organization who “crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.” Former Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg have been past recipients of the award.

No sooner had Cuomo been recognized than the reaction poured in, slamming the tone-deaf decision to award the governor who has been under fire for months of restrictive coronavirus lockdown measures and especially for the controversial policy that mandated the return of infected patients to nursing homes.

Cuomo, who even released a book praising his own leadership during the pandemic, has pointed fingers, name-called and pandered throughout his briefings, frequently lobbing blame and responsibility on President Donald Trump. While he was hailed for his “calm” press briefings at the start, with fawning media and others speculating about a possible 2024 presidential run, the three-term governor started to face more criticism over the nursing home policy and more.

His condescending tone and sometimes petulant behavior sparked even more backlash. This week, he made headlines for not only being clueless about school closures in his own state, but also berating a reporter who pressed him on it.

“Let’s try not to be obnoxious and offensive in your tone,” Cuomo said to the reporter and told another, “Well, I don’t really care what you think.”

Criticism of the Emmy Award decision was swift and brutal on Twitter.

Fox News meteorologist, a fierce critic of Cuomo who lost both of her in-laws due to COVID-19 in New York nursing homes because of the flawed policy, slammed the move.

“Andrew Cuomo deserves to be on trial for the elderly people his nursing home order directly murdered. Instead, he’s getting an Emmy,” the Federalist’s Ben Domenech tweeted.

“Cuomo’s failures directly led to the death of tens of thousands of New Yorkers. He’s objectively the worst political leader in the world in the 21st century. I mean, this is just total madness,” Outkick writer Clay Travis wrote.

“This is shameful,” Meghan McCain tweeted.

“If you’re a Democrat, you can win: A Nobel Peace Price for nothing (Obama), A Pulitzer for fraud (1619 Project, Russia collusion), An Emmy for incompetence (COVID, nursing homes) An election from your basement,”  Breitbart’s Joel Pollak wrote.

 

Frieda Powers

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