Fox News’ Janice Dean blames Cuomo’s coronavirus nursing home policy for in-laws’ deaths

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been lauded by many on the left and in the media for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, and he even went so far as to release a poster celebrating his administration’s response.

However, Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean isn’t among those singing his praises, and in a recent op-ed published in USA Today, she blamed the deaths of both her in-laws on the governor’s policies, the Washington Examiner reported.

“Cuomo’s motto during the coronavirus pandemic has always been ‘New York Tough,'” Dean pointed out in her piece on Wednesday, according to the Examiner.

“But when it comes to tough questions about his leadership during this time, Cuomo has shown he isn’t so tough after all,” she added. “In fact, he prefers to place blame on anyone but himself for the disastrous decisions he’s made.”

Dean slams Cuomo policy

Describing the demise of her husband’s parents earlier this year, Dean said, “At first, we didn’t blame anyone for their deaths. This is a pandemic, and the virus is particularly dangerous for the elderly. We had no idea until it was too late.”

Cuomo issued a policy in late March requiring that nursing homes accept patients who had been infected with coronavirus, a stance that he did not reverse until May 10, as Fox News reported.

A New York Times report in June found that nearly half of America’s COVID-19 fatalities have occurred in assisted living facilities, with New York accounting for an outsized portion of that total.

But those facts received little coverage from the mainstream media, the “insensitivity” of which struck Dean as “infuriating.”

“Where is the outrage?”

“The death toll in our senior living facilities in New York alone was bigger than 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina combined,” Dean wrote for USA Today. “Where is the outrage?”

For his part, Cuomo exhibited no inclination to take responsibility for what had happened under his watch, with Dean quoting him as saying in May that “[o]lder people, vulnerable people are going to die from this virus. That is going to happen despite whatever you do. Because with all our progress as a society, we can’t keep everyone alive.”

As far as the popular Fox News personality was concerned, those words were characteristic of the governor’s “arrogance” and they exacerbated the grief that Dean and her husband were experiencing.

“This should not be about politics,” she concluded in her op-ed. “It’s about accountability for what happened to our parents and grandparents, who trusted us to look out for them. My in-laws Mickey and Dee Newman were New York tough. The governor? He’s as weak as they come.”

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