CNN's Chris Cuomo slammed for refusing to cover brother’s nursing home Covid scandal as NY Gov is branded a ‘liar’
CNN'S Chris Cuomo has been slammed for not covering his brother's nursing home Covid scandal as the governor is branded a "liar."
The host has been blasted for not mentioning his brother's controversy on the same day that he denied any wrongdoing.
Political commentator Liz Wheeler wrote: "Your daily reminder that @ChrisCuomo still refuses to cover his brother @NYGovCuomo’s COVID nursing home scandal. Not. A. Word."
Another Twitter user said: "Still no word from @ChrisCuomo on allegations his brother is responsible for 1000s of nursing home deaths."
"You gonna cover the scandal involving your more successful brother killing all those people in the nursing home or what?," one user fumed.
Viewers were waiting for Chris to speak about the nursing home scandal on Monday night's show, after the governor finally spoke out about the allegations.
In a Monday afternoon press conference, Cuomo said he had "nothing to do with nursing homes."
While finally confronting the topic, the governor doubled down on the fact he wanted everyone to have the "facts."
"There is a toxic political environment, and everything gets politicized," he said. "There is political spin and then there are facts."
He confirmed that he took "hundreds of actions" regarding the Covid pandemic, adding that "not a single one was reversed by the legislature."
The governor also appeared to dismiss that Covid entered the nursing home "by people coming from hospitals," but instead "by staff walking in."
Concluding his conference, he confirmed: "To be clear, all deaths in nursing homes and hospitals were fully, publicly, and accurately reported."
However, he did confirm that he accepts responsibility for not providing information fast enough.
"I accept responsibility for that, I am in charge, I take responsibility, we should have provided more information faster," he said.
"We were too focused on doing the job and addressing the crisis at the moment and we did not do a good enough job of providing information and I take responsibility for that."
He concluded that he feels "very bad" for causing New Yorkers pain.
Cuomo has been under fire for the number of nursing home deaths in the Big Apple.
Him and his brother, Chris Cuomo, have also been accused of showboating while the nursing home death toll soared.
"This isn't just a government scandal. It's a media scandal," New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz wrote in a column.
"For while the Cuomo administration was sentencing seniors to death, the media was busy fawning over Cuomo in a series of softball interviews, many of them conducted by his own brother."
In May, Cuomo defended sending 4,500 coronavirus patients to nursing homes as he said he was following White House policies set by the Trump administration.
In audio from a leaked call with aide Melissa DeRosa and lawmakers, she reportedly said "basically, we froze" when asked for nursing home death data by the Department of Justice.
However, today Cuomo said: "We paused the state legislature's request. We voluntarily complied with the DOJ request for information."
The remarks on the call were first reported by The New York Post.
Following The Post's report, DeRosa released a statement on her comments.
"I was explaining that when we received the DOJ inquiry, we needed to temporarily set aside the Legislature's request to deal with the federal request first," DeRosa said.
She added that the team was "comprehensive and transparent in our responses to the DOJ, and then had to immediately focus our resources on the second wave and vaccine rollout."
She said as she told lawmakers, "we could not fulfill their request as quickly as anyone would have liked," but said the Governor's office is "committed to being better partners going forward as we share the same goal of keeping New Yorkers as healthy as possible during the pandemic."
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