On Twitter this weekend, Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean accused NBC News and anchor Lester Holt of censoring a friend of hers who had a pointed message about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a recent segment. According to Dean, the producers of the segment demanded that her friend change the nature of her criticism if she wanted to appear on the broadcast.
The segment, which addressed the bombshell news that nursing home coronavirus deaths were undercounted by thousands in New York, addressed a new investigation by the state’s attorney general.
“So NBC News’ Lester Holt censored one of my friends who lost a loved one in a nursing home,” Dean tweeted. “She wanted to say ‘Andrew Cuomo failed us’ in the interview and they told her to say ‘New York failed us’ instead. The mainstream is still protecting this guy. Disgusting.”
Dean said that both Holt and Cuomo were a “disgrace.”
“The governor, his administration, and his health department failed us,” Dean concluded.
Dean has plenty of reason to be personally angry about Cuomo’s handling of the virus as she lost both of her in-laws in New York nursing homes to the pandemic. She was also unimpressed with the governor’s attempt to sympathize with those who lost their parents to his virus mismanagement.
“The pain is so incredible and inexplicable,” he said, invoking the loss of his own father, Mario Cuomo. “It’s tragedy.”
This fell somewhat flat, however, seeing as how Mario Cuomo died in 2015 for causes unrelated to COVID.
“His father didn’t die in a nursing home thanks to his son ordering Covid positive patients into their facility,” Dean tweeted.
Cuomo has also come under fire for his very Hillary Clinton-esque response to critics bashing him for the false nursing home numbers.
“Who cares?” he said last week. “Died in a hospital, died in a nursing home, they died.”
We can only imagine what the media backlash would look like if Donald Trump said something to that effect.
As illustrated in Dean’s story, however, the MSM is still heavily invested in protecting their pandemic hero. To turn around now and say, whoops, looks like he actually botched the hell out of it would make them look just as silly as they did after pushing the Russian conspiracy theory for two years. You’d think these lessons would begin to pile up and have an effect over time, but we don’t see any indication that it’s happening. Indeed, their glowing coverage of President Biden seems to show that, if anything, the whole damn industry is getting worse instead of better.