Janice Dean skewers Gov. Cuomo over Emmy: ‘While he accepts his award, we got ‘caskets and urns’
Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, who lost both of her husband’s parents within weeks to COVID-19 in New York nursing homes, slammed Governor Andrew Cuomo over his acceptance of an international Emmy award for his coronavirus leadership. She contends that Cuomo has been responsible for thousands of deaths and is profiting off a book and now an Emmy over his catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic.
Dean revealed in an interview that she was outraged to see the governor patting himself on the back as the pandemic rages on.
“I thought to myself, what governor has the time to sit down and write a book when he should be leading in his state that is still losing people every single day during the pandemic?” she said.
“He should be writing condolence cards instead of writing a book.”
Last week, the International Emmy Awards announced that Cuomo would be the recipient of an Emmy for his “masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world” throughout the Covid-19 health crisis. This award comes in direct contrast to incidents such as Cuomo yelling at a reporter for asking questions about school closings, his facing massive criticism for his self-congratulatory book tour during the pandemic, and his refusal to accept responsibility for how many people died from the virus in nursing homes.
Hollywood seems to believe that Cuomo, who leads the state that was once the nation’s epicenter of the pandemic, and where thousands of immuno-compromised elderly people died in nursing homes, deserves special recognition for his “masterful” use of television.
“I think the International Emmys are confusing ‘highest death count’ and ‘putting COVID patients back into nursing homes’ categories with the ‘best performance’ category,” U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas tweeted after hearing the news.
I think the International Emmys are confusing “highest death count” and “putting COVID patients back into nursing homes” categories with the “best performance” category. https://t.co/OXuVB7LEO7
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) November 20, 2020
Cuomo stated during a conference call with the media on Friday that the award was “flattering.”
“I accept it on behalf of the people of this state. It’s for the people of the state. What New Yorkers did was really amazing,” he said.
“The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” stated International Academy President & CEO, Bruce Paisner. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”
Dean’s in-laws passed away separated from one another during the first wave of COVID-19 as it swept through their assisted-living facilities. When she spoke to Fox & Friends on Monday to discuss Cuomo’s award, she blasted him for his continued self-praise, saying “it’s just a reminder of the people that we lost, partly because of his leadership.”
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) November 20, 2020
She first lost her father-in-law, Michael Newman, in late March just hours after the family received a phone call that he had been feeling unwell.
“We didn’t know he had COVID. We only realized he had COVID when we saw the death certificate,” she said.
A couple of days later, her mother-in-law Dolores Newman became sick at another nursing home and was rushed to the hospital. She died a few days after she tested positive.
“Numbers are rising and [Cuomo] continues to go on talk shows and talk about his leadership. He likes to say this is, you know, the halfway point in the game.”
“Well, it’s not a game to us. We’ve lost loved ones, over thirty thousand New Yorkers have died in this pandemic,” she added.
Janice has been on a campaign to expose Cuomo’s malfeasance. She is torn up emotionally over the tragic turn of events and says it will be difficult to celebrate Thanksgiving this year without them.
“I want the governor to know that when is he accepts his award for leadership skills, we are going to be mourning them and missing them this Thanksgiving season… I think he loves to be a celebrity. And if he really wants to be a celebrity then go to Hollywood.”
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) November 20, 2020
Dean continued by skewering Cuomo for “profiting off the deaths of our loved ones,” the lack of transparency on COVID-19 numbers, and the difficulties she faces with her family.
“While he accepts his award, many of us just accepted caskets and urns of our loved ones,” she sadly concluded.