Fox News’ Janice Dean says he’s being ‘trolled’ by political commentator Matthew Dowd, Governor Andrew Cuomo
Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean claims she is being trolled by political commentator Matthew Dowd after calling for an investigation into deaths from COVID-19 in New York state nursing homes, including the deaths of her in-laws.
Dean also posted a quote from himself that read, “Every victim of Cuomo deserves to be heard. But thousands of them are no longer with us.’
It led political analyst Dowd to comment, “Now that Texas has surpassed New York in COVID deaths, I’m waiting for Ms. Dean to hold GOP Governor Abbott accountable.”
Texas has suffered 53,420 deaths from the coronavirus, while New York has had 53,274 deaths Sunday night.
Dean, who is mourning the loss of her mother-in-law and father-in-law, tweeted: “This ‘journalist’ has trolled me from the beginning on my quest for liability from the New York governor who ordered COVID-19 positive patients to nursing homes that helped killing thousands of elderly people. I would call this harassment.’
Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean says she’s being ‘trolled’ by political commentator Matthew Dowd
She demanded accountability from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose policy of admitting covid-positive patients into nursing homes led to the death of her in-laws
Dean symbolically tweeted a photo that compared the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot investigation to a photo of deaths in nursing homes, which showed an empty debate room.
Dean’s own mother-in-law, Dolores and Michael Newman (above), are among the patients who died of coronavirus in nursing homes and assisted living facilities
Dowd defended himself in a follow-up tweet: “So weird. It has been many months since I have commented. And I think I’ve only tweeted a few things in over a year. Always factual. And hypocrisy must always be spoken.’
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Dean said the issue of deaths in nursing homes is “personal” to her following the death of her in-laws in state nursing homes.
Dean’s in-laws, Michael and Dolores Newman, both died of the virus.
The Newmans were married for 59 years and lived in Brooklyn for most of their lives.
Matthew Dowd was a political commentator for ABC News until early this year
Her father-in-law was the first of the two to fall ill at the end of March and died not long after. Two weeks later, her mother-in-law contracted the coronavirus in a residential care facility and died in a hospital.
“The reason I’m vocal is because I’m trying to seek some sort of justice for my husband’s parents and the thousands of other families out there,” she said.
“My answer is we care because it’s our relatives and we won’t give this up.”
She added that she feels she is now being “trolled” by Dowd.
“Matthew Dowd has been running after me, trolling me and asking me why I’m not taking on Trump or the governors in the Republican states. I have never been a political person. I took on this role because I am personally touched and believe that our governor of New York has not been held accountable.”
Dean has long argued for Cuomo’s resignation and the consequences for his actions.
“There needs to be some accountability in the form of an investigation,” she said.
Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean claims she is being trolled by political commentator Matthew Dowd
Dowd defended himself in a follow-up tweet, saying he was ‘always factual’ and that ‘hypocrisy should always be spoken’
In January, a shocking report from the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James described how the state had underestimated the number of deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent.
It forced the New York State Department of Health to reveal that the actual death toll among nursing home residents was 12,743, instead of the previously recognized figure of 8,711.
Among those deaths are Dean’s own father and mother-in-law, who died of COVID-19 in March and April 2020 respectively.
Last week, the FBI dropped their Cuomo nursing home investigation, prompting Dean to symbolically tweet a photo comparing the Jan. 6 Capitol Riots investigation to a photo of nursing home deaths, which showed an empty debating chamber.
It was March 25, 2020 when Governor Cuomo ordered nursing homes to re-admit patients who tested positive for COVID-19 due to concerns about hospital capacity.
He later reversed the ruling, on May 10, 2020, barring nursing homes from accepting COVID-19 patients without a negative test first.
Dean has said she believes personal attacks by Dowd are unjustified and thinks she may be the target because she works for Fox News.
It was March 25, 2020 when Governor Cuomo ordered nursing homes to re-admit patients who tested positive for COVID-19 due to concerns about hospital capacity. He reversed the decision 46 days later after thousands of deaths
Michael and Dolores ‘Dee’ Newman died of COVID-19 last spring
The Newmans were married for 59 years and lived in Brooklyn for most of their lives. They are pictured above in an undated family photo
“Dowd has responded several times when I post about the loss of my in-laws and he will say, ‘Do Trump now’. I respond by saying it is personal with the loss of family members. He knows this, but he keeps trolling,” Dean explained.
“I think we all need to research our leaders when it comes to Covid and we may not know for months or years. Gov. Cuomo placed Covid positive patients in nursing homes, which is why there was a DOJ investigation. For me it’s personal and I feel like if I hadn’t raised red flags I wonder if he would have gotten away with it. This isn’t something I’m comfortable with, so I’ll stick with New York State because that’s what I’ve been through. If other governors in other states have done something wrong, they must also be held accountable.
‘[Dowd] asks me why I haven’t commented on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. I never said anything about political matters. It’s personal and it’s in New York. I said I was trying to take responsibility for the death of my husband’s parents.’
The governor and his office had been accused of deliberately misreporting the number of COVID-19 deaths related to nursing homes by failing to list patients who had been transferred to hospital and died there.
Cuomo has claimed that his office was always honest about the numbers, but that it simply came down to differences in categorization.
Matthew Dowd did not respond to a request for comment for this story.