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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s apparent narcissism and callousness have grown so enormous that even a few outlets in the same establishment press that spent months upon months showering him with praise have finally been forced to get real.
Cuomo, the same man who wrote a self-praising book amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, was exposed earlier this week by his own attorney general for having severely undercounted the number of nursing home patients who died of the virus in his state.
However, just like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he’s stubbornly refused to accept any blame for his administration’s clear-cut incompetence.
Questioned during a press briefing Friday about New York State Attorney General Letitia James’s findings, the governor went so far as to drop his own veritable “what difference does it make” line.
“If you look at New York State, we have a lower percentage of deaths in nursing homes than other states. A third of all deaths in this nation are from nursing homes,” he said.
“New York State, we’re only about 28 percent, only, but we’re below the national average in nursing homes. But who cares!? Thirty-three, twenty-eight, died in a hospital, died in a nursing home. They died,” he added.
(Source: NBC News)
His callous response was reminiscent of what former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in 2013 when confronted by congressional Republicans over her apparent incompetence vis-a-vis the deadly Benghazi terror attack.
“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” she said at the time.
Worse, Cuomo then tried to pin the blame for his own incompetence on former President Donald Trump’s administration.
“Where this starts is, frankly, a political attack from the prior federal administration HHS. Their great spokesperson, Mike Caputo , who is a Roger Stone protégé, who said we have more nursing home deaths in New York because of something that the state health department did,” he said.
(Source: Fox News)
The latter remark provoked a scathing response allegedly from Caputo, who’d served as assistant secretary of public affairs for the Health and Human Services Department under Trump.
Today @NYGovCuomo name checked former HHS Assistant Secretary Michael Caputo for his early criticism of the Cuomo for his tragic mistake ordering COVID positive patients into nursing homes. Mike is recovering from cancer treatments and asked me to post his statement in response. pic.twitter.com/HP2tdJksrU
— Dave DiPietro (@DiPietro4NY) January 29, 2021
Cuomo’s overall response was so egregious even The Washington Post took note and responded by explaining exactly why one should care about his administration’s failures.
“From a public policy perspective, we should care. A death is indeed a death, but there are major and very valid questions about whether nursing home policies led to unnecessary ones. To the extent that more deaths occurred in or came from that setting, it allows us to evaluate how significant that problem was and how much corrective action is needed. Cuomo has to know that,” the left-wing outlet argued.
“Indeed, this has long been a question when it comes to the initial response in the Northeast, which was particularly hard-hit at the start of the pandemic. So the idea that this data would be parsed should be no surprise. Questions about the accuracy of New York’s data on this front date back several months. Cuomo has dismissed them as politically motivated, but that defense suffered a major setback given the source of the report: his own party’s attorney general, Letitia James, whom he supported for that post,” the newspaper continued.
Good for the Post, though not surprisingly, a large number of other media outlets have failed to also call Cuomo out, let alone even report his callous remarks.
Granted, it’s not surprising given the extent to which they went last year to lavish him with unearned praise — all while unfairly trashing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Not included among these sycophantic outlets was Fox News, which has been at the forefront of accurately reporting on Cuomo’s behavior and competence since day one.
The same was true Friday when almost all of the hosts of Fox News’ “The Five” — all except resident liberal Juan Williams — ripped into the governor for his latest antics.
In fairness to Williams, he did at least admit that Cuomo had erred.
“Let me just spin around for a second and see if I can get it on right. I will say that Cuomo made tragic mistakes. … He was trying to keep the capacity in the hospitals by telling people to go back to nursing homes. I think it was an error, and it was very clear, and he’s being scolded for it,” he said.
But he then put the spin in spin by trotting out the exact same defense that the governor had tried to use.
“I will say that I think it’s also clear — and this is maybe to his credit — that he was trying to deal with a very difficult situation in New York, which was hit right at the start of this coronavirus crisis. He was dealing with a crisis and trying to make the best of it at a time when there was no national leadership,” Williams argued.
In other words, it was Trump’s fault, of course …
Listen to the full discussion below:
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