Whereas Governor Andrew Cuomo has stopped his each day coronavirus press briefings, he’s nonetheless on tv, being handled to softball interview after softball interview from his adoring followers within the media. After the “Luv Guv” and fascinating “bachelor” was fawned over by ABC’s Amy Robach and CBS’s Jane Pauley, it was really MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle who pressed him on his controversial nursing house govt order.
After asking for coronavirus updates in his state, the MSNBC Reside host lower to the chase, providing criticism for the way he has managed New York’s COVID disaster. She not directly criticized Cuomo’s management by touting former CDC director Tom Frieden calling New York Metropolis’s response, “disastrous:”
He mentioned over the weekend what a disastrous job New York Metropolis has achieved, particularly Mayor De Blasio, in shifting contact tracing, giving that mandate to an company with no experience in any way. We all know how essential contact tracing is for this subsequent part. So what’s your tackle what New York Metropolis is doing?
Cuomo downplayed what Ruhle mentioned, insisting the tracing “was a neighborhood determination” however insisted the state would step in if it turned an issue. A couple of questions later Ruhle received round to Cuomo’s nursing house order. She instantly requested him to take accountability for shuffling COVID-positive sufferers into nursing houses, with catastrophic outcomes:
Governor, Home Republicans are trying into New York’s March 25th order that directed nursing houses to absorb contaminated sufferers. This factor will not be going away, sir. 6,300 individuals died in New York nursing houses. That is probably the most on this nation. The extra time has handed, the extra your workplace has been capable of look into this. Do you’re taking accountability for that order and the position it could have performed in these deaths?
However Cuomo simply claimed this was a political recreation concocted by Republicans. Nonetheless, there was a bipartisan effort by New York’s state legislature to carry hearings on the nursing house subject as nicely. Ruhle at first did not let him downplay the scandal which he tried to cover up:
CUOMO: Yeah, the Republicans, Stephanie, are taking part in politics. They do not need to speak about how —
RUHLE: Sir, these are lives. These are individuals’s mother and father’ lives.
CUOMO: Sure, I perceive that. And there are details additionally, Stephanie. So let’s take a look at the details, proper, reasonably than the political rhetoric. Sure, we had extra individuals die in nursing houses than anyplace else. As a result of we had extra individuals die. As a result of the federal authorities missed the boat and by no means instructed us that this virus was coming from Europe and never from China. And January, February, March, earlier than they did the European journey ban, three million individuals got here from Europe and introduced the virus to New York and the federal authorities did not know and the federal authorities and the CDC and all of them didn’t deal with this pandemic and warn this nation. So New York had extra instances, extra deaths and extra deaths in nursing houses as a result of that is who the virus impacts. It impacts senior residents. We all know that. You take a look at any state and so they had an incredible variety of deaths in nursing houses. It is all a political charade. And it is an unsightly one, frankly, to speak about quite a few deaths and suggests there was politics at it. The variety of deaths are nonetheless going up, Stephanie. Take a look at Florida. Take a look at Texas. Take a look at Arizona. Allow them to look within the mirror and say, ‘ what? We had been flawed. We’re killing individuals unnecessarily by this irresponsible reckless reopening, and it is not working for the financial system both.’ These are the details, Stephanie. There’s nonetheless details and fact in life, even on this political mayhem that this nation is in.
Ruhle ought to get credit score for a minimum of asking him to take accountability for this scandal, one thing many different networks have refused to when speaking to Cuomo. A minimum of she didn’t name his state “a hit story” like CNN did, or declare this was “his second” like CBS did. Nonetheless, Ruhle didn’t push back on Cuomo deflecting blame, both and this was a 13-minute-interview.
Cuomo conveniently unnoticed Democrat-run California has additionally had a spike in COVID instances, much like Florida. To not point out that the variety of deaths has really gone method down nationally. Florida’s fatality charge hasn’t modified dramatically since reopening even when infections have. However Ruhle let Cuomo deflect blame and assault Republicans, just like she did in May with her 9-minute-interview with the New York governor.