Not everyone believes that the government of Andrew Cuomo has given an award-winning performance during the coronavirus pandemic.
The New York governor receives the International Emmy Founders Award in recognition of his leadership and “effective use of television during the pandemic.”
“The governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created TV shows with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” said International Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner. “People around the world were set on figuring out what was going on, and New York hardships became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”
While Cuomo has garnered some applause, many people are not impressed.
Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean believes the governor needs to do more.
“I’m not surprised at this point,” Dean told Fox News. “When he sold a book during the pandemic – it shocked me, but that’s what I’ve expected from this governor.”
Dean wondered that Cuomo “likes the attention” and that it comes with his love of celebrity.
“He’s taking a victory shot,” Dean added, at a time when people are still demanding answers from the governor.
Dean lost his elderly in-laws to COVID-19 after Cuomo gave the mandate that nursing homes accept COVID-19 patients who were released to hospitals.
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Cuomo insists that New York’s original nursing home policy was in line with a March 13 directive from the Trump administration’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But it is a little comforting to those who lost their loved ones as a result.
“The number is possibly twice as many because they did not report the deaths as COVID-related,” Dean said. “All I want is honest bookkeeping.”
Earlier, Dean argued that Cuomo did not provide accurate figures because “the state of New York does not count the numbers we lost in nursing home hospitals.”
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Dean was set to testify upstate during an investigation into Cuomo’s nursing home policy, but she was prevented from testifying – largely because she believes her story “made people uncomfortable.”
She testified instead at a Republican forum in the New York Senate that “just wasn’t the same,” she said.
“But if yet another person hears more about this story because I’ve spoken up, it’s worth talking about.”
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Dean does not believe she is alone anymore: Following the announcement of Cuomo’s award, Dean noted that many people spoke on Twitter to criticize the decision.
“I think people are starting to notice it,” Dean said.
Many media members have found errors in the price.
“I’m starting to think that most of society’s ‘awards’ are no longer offered in recognition of specific expertise,” commented the magazine’s assistant editor Noah Rothman.
“Almost any major award you can think of has primarily become ambitious,” he added in a separate response. “Hopefully one day you will end up with retroactive effect.”
“This award makes sense because Cuomo is not actually a competent, empathetic governor – he’s just playing one on TV,” former Justice Democrat and If Not Now co-founder Max Berger tweeted.
“This is the Obama Nobel Prize,” tweeted political editor Sam Stein, Daily Stein, referring to the former president’s award he received after his first year in the White House.
“Can I have an Emmy to use television to try to explain to people what Governor Cuomo shouted at the press at his briefing on Wednesday, or did I not use enough Power Point,” NY1 reporter Jillian Jorgensen tweeted, referring to Cuomo’s bizarre reaction on a question of school closures.
The Voices for Seniors group, which was founded by sisters whose parents died of COVID-19 in a nursing home, was also shocked by the decision.
“We are amazed and offended that the National Academy will consider Gov. Cuomo for an Emmy Award, ignoring the fact that tens of thousands of New Yorkers got urns, ”co-founder Vivian Zayas told Fox News. “Our vulnerable seniors are still dying today, and his policies have ravaged families forever.”
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Cuomo, as well as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, have also been slammed for their violence against Orthodox Jews and the recent closure of NYC schools.