The New York Times now reports that Democratic attorney general Letitia James has accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration, particularly officials at the State Health Department, of undercounting COVID deaths at nursing homes by as much as 50 percent. This news is receiving significant attention right now.
But this is not new news. The Daily Caller basically reported the same thing nine months ago.
On May 15, 2020, The Daily Caller reported, “New York has omitted an unknown number of coronavirus deaths in recent reports regarding residents of nursing home and adult care facilities, the New York State Department of Health acknowledged in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.”
“In early May, those reports quietly began omitting long-term care residents who died of coronavirus in hospitals,” the Caller reported at the time.
But no one outside of conservatives paid attention to this information last Spring. Instead, mainstream media outlets and political elites scoffed at The Daily Caller and conservatives.
They were too busy lavishing praise on Cuomo, praising his supposedly stellar leadership as compared to President Donald Trump.
They even gave him an Emmy. That really happened.
Hollywood liberals and most lefties were so enamored with Cuomo that they gave him an award usually reserved for legit television stars merely for giving COVID-19 updates.
He got an Emmy for doing his job—something everyone knows now that he did so poorly.
Fox News meteorologist Fox News knew this long before the New York Times did.
Dean slammed New York Cuomo in an op-ed in July over a nursing home policy that she believes helped lead to the coronavirus deaths of her in-laws.
Dean, whose husband’s parents were both victims of COVID-19, said that “at first we didn’t blame anyone for my in-laws’ deaths.”
“This is a pandemic, after all,” she wrote. “Then we learned about a policy that put them in danger.”
That policy was an executive order on March 25th which forced nursing homes to take on patients that had tested positive for coronavirus.” The order also prohibited nursing homes from requiring incoming patients “to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”
For six weeks, Cuomo refused to reverse the directive as well over 6,500 senior citizens succumbed to the virus.
No one was happier than Dean on Thursday after the New York Times report was published.
Dean added later, “It’s finally happening. (Cuomo) is going to have to answer for his role in the nursing home tragedy and the cover up. The angels won.”
But why did she have to wait this long for a sliver of justice? Again, The Daily Caller reported similar information in May.
No one outside of conservative outlets followed up on it. Not enough people with the power to take action took Janice Dean seriously either.
She and her family were ignored.
A tweet pinned at the top of Dean’s account since January 4th that features a Fox News op-ed by her, reads,”Your mistakes cost us the lives of our family members, (Cuomo).”
“But rest assured, we, the People will be strong in our fight for answers and accountability,” Dean wrote. “And the more you try to silence us, the louder our voices will become.”
Dean and her family’s voice is being heard today. But they should not have had to wait so long.
Senator Rand Paul pushed back on the mainstream narrative over the summer, declaring in July that Cuomo "should be impeached" over the nursing home scandal. The senator was ignored too.
Andrew Cuomo and his actions were a disgrace in March, when they first reported in May and when they were reported again this week.
Cuomo must resign. And then give his Emmy back.