New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is publishing a book on the COVID-19 pandemic, which ravaged nursing homes in his state and killed more than 32,000 people statewide. It’s uncertain if this is Cuomo’s way of telling his side of the story but the failure by New York state leadership to mitigate the spread of the virus to those most susceptible, specifically the elderly, was astonishing.
In fact, if it wasn’t for Fox News senior Meteorologist Janice Dean, along with other New York families, demanding answers from Cuomo and the decisions he made to essentially rehab those who had been infected with the novel coronavirus in nursing homes the story may have disappeared.
The announcement on Tuesday by Cuomo’s publicist, however, was so out of place. Families are still grieving and people are still dying. His book, titled the American Crisis, is expected to be published October, 13, according to Crown, a division of the Random House Publishing Group.
“A revealing behind-the-scenes account of his experience leading New York state through the COVID-19 epidemic,” the press release states. “American Crisis is an important chronicle of this unprecedented moment in history, an urgent assessment of the factors that have and continue to impede our national response to a devastating health and economic catastrophe…”
Dean, along with thousands of other New York City families, place the blame of the devastating health care catastrophe squarely on Cuomo. His decision to put thousands of recovering COVID-19 patients into nursing homes was the biggest chronicled failure of the deadly outbreaks and has caused endless pain and suffering for families, they said.
For instance, it was Cuomo, who signed an executive order in March forcing nursing homes in New York state to accept patients who tested positive for coronavirus. He even suggested that no one could investigate the situation thoroughly because there was no one reliable enough that both Democrats and Republicans could trust. It’s actually quite stunning that so many thousands of people died and Cuomo isn’t even being held to account by Democrats in his own party.
He said “there is no such thing as a person who is trusted by all Democrats and Republicans. That person does not exist. The Department of Health – those are just numbers. They report our numbers. You can see what you want in the numbers, but the numbers are numbers,” said Cuomo.
What? Decades ago he would be dragged before a commission to answer questions about his apparent gross failure in the matter.
In fact, that is what Dean actually wants. Cuomo and his administration, however, appear to have been pushing back hard against her and other victims’ families. She was originally denied the opportunity to testify before New York State lawmakers on the nursing home deaths. It was a blatant move and proved that her voice was actually making a difference.
She openly blamed Cuomo and his administration for removing her off the witness list. Dean isn’t afraid to fight back and tell the truth. Her tenacity paid off and by Monday, she was finally allowed to testify after being placed back on the witness list. Her testimony was powerful.
She told lawmakers, “we need an independent bipartisan investigation that involves subpoena power so we can get the health commissioner on the hot seat and ask questions and get truthful answers.”
According to Fox News she said New York State Sen. Thomas O’Mara, a Republican, had admitted to her “that they [the Senate Majority] were uncomfortable having [her] as a witness,” originally, so they took her off the witness list.
Dean fired back in a Tweet Tuesday at the announcement of Cuomo’s new book, saying it was his leadership “that was an American crisis.”
For Dean it is personal. Her in-laws Mickey and Dee Newman both died just months after being put into a New York City elder care facility, when they could no longer take care of themselves. They were two of nearly 11,000 deaths recorded in nursing homes throughout the state. It was the highest recorded number of nursing home deaths in the country.
The New York couple had lived their entire lives in Brooklyn, Dean wrote in a gut wrenching column in USA Today, about how the loss affected her family.
They were true New Yorkers. Mickey was a retired New York City Fire Department firefighter who served in the U.S. Air Force. Dee helped raised three kids and was a devoted grandmother. They lived in a four story walk up in Brooklyn for 50 years, until their health deteriorated and they required constant care.
Cuomo’s failure in protecting the most vulnerable in New York state will be his legacy, if Dean gets a chance to write her own book about the truth of what happened in New York City during the ongoing pandemic.
Cuomo’s book, unfortunately, won’t change the reality of what happened. The truth will eventually reveal what occurred. It won’t bring back those that lost their lives to this dangerous and deadly virus but it will hopefully ensure that the gravity of New York’s deadly decision making under Cuomo’s leadership will never happen again.
At least that’s something we can all fight for. Dean’s fight is our fight.
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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
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