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CBS News was trying really hard to avoid telling viewers about all of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s (D) unfolding scandals, whether it was his multiple sexual harassment allegations or his abysmal handling of COVID and nursing homes. Meanwhile, Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan singled out Republican Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota to be the target of her ire because of her fair handling of COVID in her state.
In an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci earlier in the program, Brennan mischaracterized Noem’s CPAC speech and whined about people cheering. “Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota delivered a speech to a conservative conference yesterday, and she touted her decisions – she got a standing ovation when she said she ignored the medical advice of experts, and specifically you,” she huffed.
Brennan also played his edited clip of Noem’s speech:
NOEM: We never focused on the case numbers. Instead, we kept our eye on hospital capacity. Now, Dr. Fauci, he told me on my worst day I'd have 10,000 patients in the hospital. On our worst day, we had a little over 600. Now – [Transition] I don't know if you agree with me, but Dr. Fauci is wrong a lot.
When Noem finally appeared on the show, she wasted no time in schooling Brennan on her lies. “Well, I’d like to respond to something that you said. You indicated I ignored medical advice, I didn't listen to my health experts. And I most certainly did,” she shot back. “In South Dakota, we took this virus very seriously. What I did though was tell my people the truth.”