Accuracy in Media

The New York Times passed on criticizing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he denied that his previous nursing home policies led to thousands of deaths due to the coronavirus.

“As a government, we are doing everything that we can,” Cuomo said. “We’re doing more testing than any other state. We’ve been more aggressive than any state in nursing home precautions. We have been smart. New Yorkers have been smart. The government has been smart and that should be respected.”

His comments came during a press conference on Tuesday, but the New York Times did not update its readers about the continued defense of his nursing home policies. Conservative media took issue with his comments.

Although a quarter of New York’s coronavirus deaths were nursing home patients, the New York Times has not criticized him as much as President Donald Trump. For example, the last criticism of Cuomo was an Associated Press article that was included on the New York Times’ website. A recent New York Times article on a state law that shields nursing homes from lawsuits also avoided criticizing Cuomo directly and pinned it on his aides.

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