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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo scores International Emmy Award for COVID-19 briefings, Meghan McCain calls it “shameful”



NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is all set to receive the International Emmy Founder's Award this 2020 for his excellent coronavirus briefings, much to the chagrin of several media personalities. Photo by International Emmy Awards. |

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced on Friday, November 20, that New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is all set to receive the International Emmy Founders Award for effective communication and leadership during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to the announcement, the award acknowledges Cuomo’s initiative to use the television in providing relevant information and a sense of calm to his constituents and viewers in New York and beyond. According to the Emmys, the iteration of awards has always honored the excellence embodied by the person whose abilities transcend cultural boundaries and touch the “common humanity.”

Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy, says, “The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure.” He said that because of Cuomo’s broadcasts, New York became a source of information and a symbol of determination for people worldwide.

The first of Cuomo’s award-winning briefings aired on March 2 as part of a leaders’ broadcast. This came when COVID-19 had just begun to find its way to the U.S., but Cuomo’s talks continued. The final briefing came on June 19, with local and national stations, including CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News airing his message. That briefings generally reach a wide audience, but the final one, dated June 19, reached approximately 59 million viewers.

Along with Cuomo, others receiving honors via the International Emmy Founders Award are former Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and Norman Lear. The award will be officially presented to Cuomo on November 23.

The aftermath

As with any other news, the news that Cuomo is receiving the Founders Award and a few other personalities sparked significant interest, particularly on social media. The backlash and mockery were mostly about his controversial nursing home policy: the deaths of thousands of elderly residents.

Some personalities, including “The View” co-host Meghan McCain, quickly shared their thoughts on the news via Twitter.

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain called it “shameful.”

Washington Examiner’s Shiraj Hashmi sarcastically called for a Nobel Peace Prize.

MSNBC contributor Noah Rothman questions the integrity of contemporary “excellence awards.”

Progressive activist Max Berger called Cuomo “competent” and “emphatic” but clarified that it’s only on TV.

Daily Beast politics editor Sam Stein also quipped in.

Daily Caller investigative reporter Andrew Kerr tweeted an image of the prop comedy act Cuomo took part in with his CNN anchor brother Chris Cuomo along with a few words.

The Federalist publisher Ben Domenech called for a trial.

The controversial nursing home policy

The governor’s backlash originated from his order that required nursing homes in New York to admit COVID-19 patients. The order has long been reversed, but the policy was cited as one reason for New York’s record-breaking death toll- which includes numerous senior citizens living in nursing homes.

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