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The liberal media wants you to think that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State of New York was the perfect example of how to tackle the coronavirus crisis. But in reality, they had the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the country and have the highest rate of nursing home cases-to-deaths. Instead of noting those facts during Sunday’s Meet the Press, NBC political director Chuck Todd allowed Cuomo to manipulate the truth while simultaneously lecturing states like Florida and Texas.
As they approached the end of their interview, Todd tentatively broached the subject of New York’s massive number of nursing home deaths without daring to mention the figure. He noted that his guest had “taken some heat” for the number but prefaced the deaths as just the nature of nursing homes:
And final question, we talked about this, about nursing homes before, and you've taken some heat on the directive and you said you were following a national directive. But let me ask it again, similarly at this point, do you think these senior centers are safe, period?
Suggesting that he’s only “taken political heat,” Cuomo argued that New York was beating the national average of nursing home deaths as a percentage of total COVID-19 deaths. “[A]lmost 50 percent of the deaths (…) But in New York, we're number 46 in the nation in terms of percentage of deaths at nursing homes compared to the total percentage. By The New York Times, we're number 46,” he noted.
To be clear, The New York Times says New York’s nursing home deaths as a percentage of total deaths is 21 percent. But The Times also noted that New York hasn’t been fully reporting their data. “In New York, the case count is often the same as the death count because the state only reports the number of people who have died but not the number of overall infections,” the paper wrote.