It looks as if the New York Times (NYT) finally feels like reporting what so many already know — “Cuomo Aides Spent Months Hiding Nursing Home Death Toll.”
That was the NYT headline on Wednesday, months after the New York Post was vilified for revealing the very same fact that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) office hid the number of deaths resulting from his policies that sent thousands of sick people into nursing homes in 2020 during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s the NYT “bombshell revelation”:
The effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office to obscure the pandemic death toll in New York nursing homes was far greater than previously known, with aides repeatedly overruling state health officials over a span of at least five months, according to interviews and newly unearthed documents.
The earliest the NYT could be seen reporting on this topic was in early March, over a month after the New York Post report social media had censored.
Now here’s an except from an MRCTV blog talking about the New York Post’s “claims” back in January:
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report on Thursday claiming that the number of nursing home deaths from the Chinese coronavirus (COVID-19) may have been 50 percent higher than the number reported because the New York State Health Department under Cuomo only counted people who died in nursing homes instead of also including the number of people who died after being transferred to hospitals.
But, to be fair, while the NYT headline might be obsolete, they did include a summary of the information that was withheld by Cuomo’s office that seems to actually be useful:
Mr. Cuomo’s most senior aides engaged in a sustained effort to prevent the state’s own health officials, including the commissioner, Howard Zucker, from releasing the true death toll to the public or sharing it with state lawmakers, these interviews and documents showed.
A scientific paper, which incorporated the data, was never published. An audit of the numbers by a top Cuomo aide was finished months before it became publicly known. Two letters, drafted by the Health Department and meant for state legislators, were never sent.
The actions coincided with the period in which Mr. Cuomo was pitching and then writing a book on the pandemic, with the assistance of his top aide, Melissa DeRosa, and others.
It’s interesting, funny even, how all of this information came out after the 2020 presidential election and after President Joe Biden took office. It’s like there were other motives for not admitting what so many people already knew at least six months ago.