Soledad O’Brien shows pettiness, lack of empathy in attack on Fox personality who lost loved ones to COVID
Soledad O’Brien, formerly of CNN and NBC and now the host of her own syndicated news show, surely is among the elite, progressive vanguard.
Thus, O’Brien likely believed — dare we say, felt entitled — that her status could enable her to deliver a rhetorical body blow without much blowback.
She was wrong, as conservatives rightfully showed up to show they weren’t pleased.
Recently Dr. Anthony Fauci went on PBS to sing hosannas about attacking COVID-19 to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has watched his constituents deliver nearly a quarter of the whole country’s coronavirus death toll.
“New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly,” Fauci said of the state’s response.
Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean responded on Twitter with a three-word reply: “This is garbage.”
She had a similar reaction a few days earlier when Cuomo released a self-congratulatory poster marking his own handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
“The one thing I will say is that that poster is showing how egotistical he is and that’s why it’s getting play on some of the channels and the mainstream media that were not covering this devastating order,” Dean said of Cuomo’s directive to return elderly virus patients back to nursing homes, which killed thousands of people.
“So for that, I am really glad of his arrogance and his indifference to people who have died because of his order.”
She added, “To see Governor Cuomo on television just this past week talking about his love life and this disgusting poster that is basically a depiction of 32,000 people that died? It’s not funny. It’s tone-deaf. And it makes my heart hurt.”
Dean’s in-laws died of COVID-19. One lived in an assisted living facility. The other in a nursing home. Both dead because of Cuomo’s policy.
Enter Soledad O’Brien.
She subtweeted Dean: “Meteorologist weighs in.”
Dean’s defenders pounced, as liberals like to frame conservatives’ reaction to such hateful nonsense.
Tweeted Guy Benson:
“She’s actually a heartbroken wife and mother who lost BOTH of her husband’s parents within days to COVID, because of @NYGovCuomo’s nursing home policy. I think she’s more than qualified. And she’s a kickass meteorologist,” added Kennedy of Fox Business Network.
Fox personality Greg Gutfeld added, “soledad [sic] is proof how politics saps team sport players of any empathy. she wasn’t always like this.”
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