Michael Gaynor
Let's have the whole truth about the COVID-19 nursing home deaths
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By Michael Gaynor
June 27, 2020

America needs a fair and balanced investigation of what appears to be a huge nursing home scandal before the voting begins.

Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels on lying: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on the New York nursing home deaths that resulted from his executive order requiring them to take persons who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus: “There were no preventable deaths. Everyone who passed away, we did everything we could.”

Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean: "Twenty percent of our lost loved ones are from nursing homes ... because Governor Cuomo and several other governors forced COVID-recovering patients into nursing homes."

Kudos to Tucker Carlson for giving Janice Dean the floor and encouragement to return to the story and finish the job.

As reported on May 21, 2020 by Yael Halon in "Janice Dean slams Cuomo nursing home policy after losing in-laws to COVID-19: 'Not just numbers on a curve'" (www.foxnews.com/media/janice-dean-cuomo-nursing-home-policy-coronavirus):

"Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean told 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' Thursday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's failed nursing home policy should be 'one of the biggest' stories of the year after both of her parents-in-law lost their lives to the coronavirus.

"'I have not seen the coverage of this ... ,' an emotional Dean said. 'Twenty percent of our lost loved ones are from nursing homes ... because Governor Cuomo and several other governors forced COVID-recovering patients into nursing homes.'"

Dean, who rarely comments on political issues, felt compelled to speak out after watching a CNN interview in which anchor Chris Cuomo – the governor's younger brother – failed to address the growing controversy and instead performed prop comedy with giant cotton swabs.

"'The fact that I am seeing, last night, him ... making fun, inappropriate jokes and insensitive jokes, cruel jokes ... make no mistake,' Dean said, 'I am glad that Chris Cuomo has recovered from COVID because he apparently did have it. And I'm glad that their family is well, but my family is not well. And that is not something to joke about.'

"Cuomo has been roundly criticized over New York's initial policy that required nursing homes to accept COVID-19 hospital patients who had been discharged from hospitals. On May 10, New York reversed the policy amid criticism and the mounting death toll.

"Officially, 5,876 residents of New York state nursing homes or assisted living facilities have died of COVID-19 as of Thursday. However, the state health department count does not include residents who died 'outside the facility,' such as at a hospital. Dean said that very fate befell her mother-in-law.

"'His [her husband Sean's] mom ... was rushed to the hospital, died in the hospital and her number will not be counted as a nursing home or assisted living home [death] because of the governor's policy of saying that she died in the hospital, even though it was confirmed COVID,' Dean said.

"Dean added that her father-in-law was transferred to what she believes was a floor with COVID-19 patients days before he succumbed to the virus.

"Sean's dad 'was a New York City firefighter and was in the U.S. Air Force,' said Dean. 'These people are real people. They are not just numbers on a curve.'

"Highlighting the plight of so many who have lost ones to the pandemic, Dean said it was difficult not to honor the memory of her children's grandparents with a funeral, and that her family is taking the loss 'day by day.'

"'We weren't able to have a funeral for them or celebrate their life properly. That was very difficult from the normal way that people would mourn. We didn't have that.'"

The readily foreseeable, tragic and preventable deaths that resulted from Governor Cuomo's outrageous nursing home death trap policy have been denied, not admitted, by Governor Cuomo. He continues to insist that he is blameless and President Trump is to blame for anything bad.

President Trump did not impose Governor Cuomo's deadly executive order.

The people need to know the truth about how unscientific and undata-driven the executive order that the man who claims that we must follow the science and the data issued and why it took so long for him to revoke it.

The grieving Janice Dean is a meteorologist, not a health care expert, and understandably did not pretend to be one. As a result, Governor Cuomo is repeating his big lie months later and the truth as to how horrible Governor Cuomo's executive order was is not generally understood.

That's great news for Governor Cuomo, but terrible for the truth and the nation, especially since Governor Cuomo appears to have led other Democrat Governors to follow his terrible example.

It's past time for Fox News to follow up and prove that Janice Dean was right when she opined that so many loved ones were lost "because Governor Cuomo and several other governors forced COVID-recovering patients into nursing homes." That requires health care expertise.

It's also past time for Fox News to investigate why the states with the highest nursing home death rates have Democrat Governors and to determine whether those Governors were simply incompetent or something even worse was afoot?

Janice Dean and her parents-in-law deserve at least that much from Fox News and America needs a fair and balanced investigation of what appears to be a huge nursing home scandal before the voting begins.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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