BREAKING NEWS – New York City, New York – After weeks of pressure, CNN has been aggressively covering New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D., as he faces accusations of covering up nursing home deaths in his state and threatening a member of his own party.
It’s a stark reversal in tone for the left-leaning network after hosts like Brian Stelter and Cuomo’s brother Chris Cuomo gushed over his leadership abilities throughout 2020, despite the state leading the country in COVID deaths. Stelter at one point said Cuomo was providing “hope, but not false hope” and said he would pass on some of the governor’s truisms to his own children.
Now, Cuomo is in political peril after an investigation from state Attorney General Letitia James, D., found he dramatically underreported coronavirus nursing home deaths, and Cuomo’s secretary Melissa DeRosa said he had hidden the scope of the fatalities for fear of a federal investigation by the Trump administration.
Cuomo responded to the current controversy. “There was no way I was going to let President Trump know how many seniors were dropping dead due to my mishandling of COVID. Chris did everything he could to help me hide the truth, and CNN backed him all the way. But let’s be real. When people go to nursing homes, that’s usually the last stop for them. My incompetence expedited their departure, so the only thing I’m guilty of is fast forwarding a timeline. I heard that many of them died screaming my name, and no one knows for sure if it was out gratitude or anger.”